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Utility structures help precast shipments outpace overall 2013 construction market

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Reflecting input from more than 60 producers operating 200-plus plants, the Precast Industry Benchmarking Survey indicates 2013 shipments increased 5.2 percent over the prior year, to $16.2 billion—encompassing an estimated 33 million yd. of concrete output and 11 million tons’ cement consumption.

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U.S. Concrete deepens west Texas presence in City Concrete, Pitts deals

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has added to its west Texas business, Ingram Concrete LLC, three plants and 24 mixer trucks by acquiring the assets of City Concrete, Inc. in Wichita Falls and Pitts Ready Mix of Burkburnett, Inc. Brownwood-based Ingram Concrete and Dallas-Ft. Worth-centered Redi-Mix Concrete provide U.S. Concrete a strong Texas platform.

Kie-Con bests by a foot Caltrans’ recent prestressed girder threshold

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association; Kie-Con Inc., Antioch, Calif.; CP staff

Kie-Con has shipped four of seven prestressed California Wide-Flange girders, which at 159 ft. 5 in. are the longest non-spliced, monolithic precast members delivered by trailer to a Golden State bridge site. The girders are 12 inches longer than similarly configured beams Oldcastle Precast–Perris is fabricating for the Santa Ana Freeway South Corridor in southern California.

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ICC, ASHRAE, LEED developers aim to streamline green building codes

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The International Code Council, ASHRAE, American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and U.S. Green Building Council will collaborate on development of Standard 189.1, International Green Construction Code and the LEED green building program.

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ASTM C15 issues standard for fly ash brick

Source: CalStar Products, Racine, Wis.

Unit masonry and cast stone producer CalStar is the first to offer products meeting ASTM C1790-14, Standard Specification for Fly Ash Facing Brick, which recently cleared Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units.

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