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Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates is set to publish C1849/C1849M, Test Method for Density and Air Content (Pressure Method) of Freshly Mixed Roller-Compacted Concrete. The document will especially suit labs designing and proportioning RCC mixtures, plus quality control/assurance inspectors verifying pavement specification compliance.

Sources: Thompson Pipe Group, Rialto, Calif.; Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas

Under a late-June agreement, Thompson Pipe will acquire the concrete and steel pressure pipe assets of U.S. Pipe, a division of concrete drainage products leader Forterra. In exchange for five pressure pipe plants and a fittings facility, the latter will receive $23.2 million in cash plus Thompson’s Conroe, Texas, concrete drainage pipe and products operation.

Sources: WGI, West Palm Beach, Fla.; CP staff

Design, planning, and surveying firm WGI is joining forces with consulting and structural engineer Carl Walker, Inc., whose founder built the best known brand in concrete parking structure practice through successful deployment of precast/prestressed members for long-span conditions, project economy and construction speed.

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Martin Marietta anticipates a fourth quarter closing on Bluegrass Materials Co., billed as the largest privately held aggregates producer in the U.S., with 23 active sites across Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee. The $1.6 billion deal follows by four and two months, respectively, announcement of two other major transactions anchored on Southeast aggregates riches: CRH/Oldcastle Materials’ acquisition of Indiana-based Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc. (Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia sites) and Vulcan Materials’ acquisition of Aggregates USA (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia sites).

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

Lafarge Canada’s Burlington, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, operations have obtained Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) bronze level certificates for Responsibly Sourced Concrete, indicating clear chain of custody for materials, zero waste water discharge attainment due to high recycled water use, plus strong health and safety programs.