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Mack, McNeilus again rise to the occasion of CIM auction

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff

Against a 2015 World of Concrete backdrop, the 10th annual auction benefitting Concrete Industry Management programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro and four other schools will be February 4 in Las Vegas Convention Center room N262; 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m. silent bidding; 1 p.m. live bidding. Mack Trucks and McNeilus Cos. have teamed again to donate the auction centerpiece, dispatching to Las Vegas this year an 11-yd. Bridgemaster mounted on a Granite GU713 set-forward axle model, with MP7 365 hp engine and Allison RDS 4500 automatic transmission.

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Lead forecaster: Infrastructure, housing, producer consolidation key to 2015

Sources: FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Construction- and engineering-geared management consultant FMI views increased infrastructure spending levels, continued housing activity growth and accelerated market consolidation as linchpins to a successful year. In its U.S. Markets Construction Overview 2015 report, the firm observes:

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ICPI revises Permeable Design program with CAD output

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.

Updated from a charter 2008 version and available in a free trial, Permeable Design Pro Software v2.0 for permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) generates time-saving cross section drawings with base and subbase thicknesses, plus CAD drawings illustrating calculated hydrologic and structural requirements from user-designated rainfall events, runoff flows from contiguous surfaces, traffic loads, underdrains and soil subgrade characterizations.

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Discharged, union-wise dump and mixer driver prevails in back pay case

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

In one of its final 2014 decisions, the NLRB adopted an administrative law judge’s order that Fairmont Heights, Md.-based Pessoa Construction Co. pay a former dump truck driver $95,000 in back wages. It settles protracted pay period and calculation proceedings triggered by an initial agency decision determining the highway contractor violated the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated William Membrino for “union activities.”

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Oldcastle parent sheds long-held Glen-Gery, sister clay brick brands

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Bain Capital LLC, Boston; CP staff

CRH will sell its Ibstock and Glen-Gery businesses in the United Kingdom and United States, respectively, in a $640 million deal with funds managed by Bain Capital Europe LLP. Projected to close during the first half of 2015, the transaction includes assumption of certain debt and pension liabilities resulting in net cash value to CRH of approximately $457 million.

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