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Sources: Orion Engineered Carbons, Texas; CP staff

Granulated and liquid pigments debuting at World of Concrete 2017 enable producers and contractors to approach jet black in masonry units and cast-in-place or precast concrete surfaces or structures. Orion Engineered Carbons’ Corasol and Derussol agents are based on carbon black, the smudgy film burning candles deposit on container or enclosure walls.

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The Masonry Society’s TMS 402/602-16: Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry sets new technician requirements to reinforce quality control measures surrounding concrete or clay units, mortar, grout and prism or scaled-wall specimen testing. Contractors, engineers or owner’s representatives can meet the requirements, published in December 2016, by enlisting ACI-certified Masonry Testing Technicians.

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

Besser has acquired the product lines of Jonesboro, Ark.-based American Manufacturing Group and named company founder L. Paul Fergeson as sales consultant and box culvert specialist.

Sources: Titan America, Norfolk, Va.; CP

Titan America’s Pennsuco Complex, encompassing cement, aggregate, ready mixed and concrete block production, has been certified as a Gold Level Zero Waste Facility from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, Corono Del Mar, Calif.

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herdon, Va.; CP staff

Basalite Concrete Products’ recently upgraded Tracy, Calif., block and paver operation is the first mover in the NCMA/ICPI Plant Certification Program. Initially good for one year, plant certification indicates that an NCMA or Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute producer has implemented a quality control system whose sampling, testing and recordkeeping measures equal or exceed program baselines and clear a third party auditor.