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New ASTM standard gauges prestressing strand bond integrity

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete stems from assessment of precast concrete members where indented prestressing wires exhibit potential bond-related cracking. Soon to be published by ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, the standard is based on A1081, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand.

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Iron Workers official indicted in kickback scheme defrauding rebar crew

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice; CP staff

The Department of Justice Criminal Division has charged International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 201 Business Manager Juan Carlos Recinos with taking kickbacks from rebar crew members who had received backpay awards for work at the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Eurobloq capacity expands Brampton Brick’s eastern reach

Sources: Brampton Brick Ltd., Brampton, Ontario; CP staff

Brampton Brick anticipates closing by mid-March on the concrete block line and other assets of Eurobloq Inc. in Boisbriand, Quebec. Valued up to $6 million, the transaction will add production and distribution capacity to meet the growing demand for the suitor’s masonry and landscape products in Quebec and eastern Ontario markets.

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