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Sources: U.S. International Trade Commission; CP staff

The International Trade Commission will expedite a five-year review concerning an antidumping duty order on Gray Portland Cement and Clinker from Japan dating to 1991. The review will be conducted to determine whether revocation of the order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to domestic cement producers within a reasonably foreseeable time.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; CP staff

The U.S. Census Bureau calculates the value of 2016 construction at $1.16 trillion, about 4.5 percent above the prior year’s $1.11 trillion total. The growth rate in spending eclipsed another principal metric: cement consumption, which Portland Cement Association pegged at 2.7 percent higher last year than in 2015. The variance reflects flat or lagging infrastructure project activity, where cement and concrete represent a higher slice of each dollar when compared to buildings. 

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), representing 11 materials, product and contractor groups, outlined top industry priorities and policy positions for Congressional Cement Caucus members during an early-February briefing in Washington, D.C., contending:

Sources: New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., New Enterprise, Pa.; CP staff

In transactions totaling $46.3 million, New Enterprise Stone & Lime has acquired the assets of eastern Pennsylvania operators Berks Products Corp., Reading, and EJB Paving & Materials, West Lawn. Berks’ four ready mixed and two aggregate plants plus a construction supply center, and two EJB asphalt plants, serve markets west and north of Philadelphia.

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Burice Woods, a 37-year veteran of Burlington, N.C.-based Chandler Concrete Co. is NRMCA’s 2017 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year. Based at a Roxboro, N.C., plant, he is honored for career achievements, outstanding safety record, professionalism, driving competency and customer service skills.