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PCI releases first Sustainable Precast Concrete Plant Program report

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

Backed by PCI, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and National Precast Concrete Association, the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) has yielded its first full-year energy, materials and transportation data benchmarks. PCI’s 2015 Sustainable Plant Program Performance Report presents results in carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy and water consumption categories based on data from 34 structural and architectural precast/prestressed producers.

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Nanotech-based rheology control agent frees GCP’s shotcrete system of silica fume

Sources: GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

After a World of Concrete preview earlier this year, GCP (Grace Construction and Packaging) has officially introduced the Tytro Shotcrete System, underscoring its potential to make underground construction processes better, faster and more economical against conventional methods and mix designs. It spans GCP’s Strux BT macro-fiber and six Tytro family agents; newest among them is RC, a nanotechnology-derived, liquid rheology control modifier functioning as a pozzolan and silica fume alternative.

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FRC Industries deal bring Sika greater depth in concrete fibers

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff

Sika has acquired Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based FRC Industries, citing it as the fastest growing concrete reinforcing fiber producer in the U.S. Founded in 2001, the company has a full synthetic polypropylene product line and serves markets east of the Mississippi River.

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Rinker, Cemex veteran K. Watson Jr. joins Command Alkon board

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

One of the most experienced executives in concrete, cement and aggregates is the newest member of the Command Alkon board. As a director, Karl Watson, Jr. brings the information technology and plant controls leader broad industry perspective gained from 25-plus years in senior leadership roles at Rinker Materials, culminating in his most recent post as Cemex USA president. Watson is also past National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Florida Concrete & Products Association chairman, and served as Portland Cement Association vice chairman and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association director.

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Cemex scales back GCC deal to Texas, New Mexico cement, materials assets

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Cemex has reached an agreement to sell its Odessa, Texas, cement plant and two terminals, plus El Paso and Las Cruces, N.M., building materials businesses to Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. Absent the $306 million deal are Cemex Colorado assets—Lyons mill, Florence terminal—rounding out an original transaction the companies outlined in May. Subject to competition authority and shareholder approvals, the revised deal will be consummated through Cemex and GCC U.S. affiliates and is projected to close by year end.

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