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Outdoor living trends sustain hardscape product category growth

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Demand for pavers, segmental retaining wall units, boulders and companion hardscape products is set to climb 5.6 percent annually through 2021, buoyed by growth in home building and popularity of outdoor living features. Over a five-year horizon in Freedonia’s new “Landscaping Products Market in the US, 5th Edition” study, pavers look to attain an annual growth rate just under 6 percent, reaching $1.4 billion in sales by 2021. Total hardscape category product shipments that year are projected at $3.5 billion.

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Mack, McNeilus muster once more for Concrete Industry Management auction

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff

Continuing their support of Concrete Industry Management degree programs at universities in California, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas, McNeilus Cos. and Mack Trucks Inc. will donate the 2018 CIM Auction centerpiece: A Granite Axle Back-mounted, 10.5-yd. M77 transit mixer.

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Resilient buildings standard rises to LEED level

Sources: Perkins+Will, Chicago; CP staff

The U.S. Green Building Council formally adopted the Resilient Building and Design Standard, RELi, during the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. Paralleling USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design series, the standard is billed as a prescriptive roadmap to help architects, businesses, city planners, developers and governments design buildings, neighborhoods, and communities to better withstand natural disaster shocks and stressors.

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Sika bags contractor accounts with Butterfield Color acquisition

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff

The Swiss parent of Sika Corp. has closed on family-owned Butterfield Color Inc., a specialist in concrete coloring agents, sealers and pattern stamping tools. The Illinois-based business broadens decorative concrete market prospects Sika gained through last year’s acquisition of L.M. Scofield Co., the premier integral coloring agent and surface treatment brand.

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Mack, Western Star team with camera, radar device providers Lytx, 3rdEye

Sources: Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.; Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

Increasing emphasis on truck accident prevention, coupled with expedited, assembly stage installation of related equipment and devices, is driving safety device specialist and heavy-duty model manufacturer alliances.

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