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Masonry check-off bill resurfaces on Capitol Hill

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

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) and lead co-sponsor Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) have introduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015 (H.R. 985) into the 114th Congress, its title and language nearly identical to 2013 legislation. The bill would authorize concrete masonry interests to conduct an industry-wide referendum establishing a commodity check-off program; approval would lead to a U.S. Department of Commerce-sanctioned stakeholder board empowered to collect a target amount per concrete masonry unit sold.

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2015 Concrete Industry Management Auction tally nears record

Sources: National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program; CP staff

Organizers of the 10th Concrete Industry Management program auction cite $800,000 in gross revenue from silent, online and live bidding, with proceeds benefitting CIM degree programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; California State University, Chico; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and, Texas State University.

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Oldcastle Precast rank-and-file to vote on Laborers decertification

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

NLRB Regional Director George Velastegui has ordered Region 32 (Oakland, Calif.) staff to conduct a secret ballot election for employees of the Oldcastle Precast concrete pipe, manhole and precast plant, Stockton, Calif., on retaining Laborers International Union of North America Local 73 and Northern California District Council of Laborers as their collective bargaining representative.

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Lawmakers scrutinize building codes in wake of multi-story apartment conflagration

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Concrete industry stakeholders are tracking New Jersey officials’ response to a massive fire that destroyed more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a four-level, 408-unit apartment complex framed with lightweight wood trusses. Reportedly triggered by a plumbing crew’s welding torch, the mid-January blaze saw no loss of life and minor injuries, but displaced more than 1,000 residents of the development and neighboring properties.

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Decorative flooring practitioners approach quality standards

Source: Decorative Surface Solution (DSS) Group LLC, Livermore, Calif.

Flooring and polished concrete industry veterans have launched DSS Group to connect premier suppliers and contractors across channels of the hard surfaces market, which includes pourable overlays, epoxies, resins and terrazzo. While some of the technologies are well established, their use in the flooring industry is relatively young.

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