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Volvo Trucks’ axle, suspension specs raise tanker tractor fuel efficiency

Sources: Volvo Trucks North America, Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

Adaptive Loading, a 6x2 tractor configuration whose liftable forward axle automatically adjusts to load weight changes and 4x2 operation, can lower fuel consumption 3-5 percent and tire wear 20 percent in cement and other bulk material hauling. Volvo Trucks premiered the technology at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville.

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Silvi adds three Garden State RM plants in two R.E. Pierson Materials deals

Sources: Silvi Group, Fairless Hills, Pa.; CP staff

Silvi Group has closed on R.E. Pierson Materials’ Winslow and Logan Township central mixed plants in southern New Jersey, three months after acquiring Pierson’s nearby Lumberton Township operation. The latter operates as Silvi Concrete of Mt. Holly, while the newly added plants will be rebranded Silvi Concrete of Berlin and Logan, respectively.

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Safety Coalition: OSHA silica rule cost estimate off by $4.5 billion

Source: Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed standards covering respirable crystalline silica will cost contractors and their suppliers $5 billion per year—nearly $4.5 billion above estimates agency officials indicated in September 2013, when they outlined a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for construction and general industry workplaces.

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Cement and Concrete Day on Hill dovetails Transportation Coalition Fly-In

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

Cement and concrete interests will convene April 14-15 in Washington, D.C., joining participants in the annual Transportation Construction Coalition Legislative Fly-In. Organizers aim to stress to federal lawmakers the urgency of reauthorizing the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) bill, set to expire at the end of May.

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Private equity firm, HeidelbergCement close Hanson Building Products deal

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

Debt reduction-driven HeidelbergCement has completed the sale of Irving, Texas-based Hanson Building Products Ltd. to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm with Dallas, New York and Frankfurt offices. The transaction is valued at about $1.3 billion, plus a sum up to $100 million payable next year depending on the concrete, clay and steel product business’ 2015 financial performance.

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