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ASTM C09 observes centennial, confers top honor on NRMCA’s Lobo

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

A group of 150 members and stakeholders commemorated ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates’ 100th anniversary amid committee week activities late last month in Toronto. Chairman Steve Parker (Chryso Inc.) and past chairs Doug Hooton (University of Toronto) and Tony Fiorato (PCA, CTL, Slag Cement Association) weighed in on C09’s progress, credibility and vast influence on concrete practice.

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Spot labor shortages surface as construction unemployment figures slide

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Sustaining momentum from April and May, construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest level for the month in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data.

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NRMCA caps first phase of industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

The first of two phases in development of a standard Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)—aimed at assisting ready mixed producers on projects where customers target certification under the new LEED v4 green building rating system—has produced a survey report and list of participating companies and plants, posted (below opening tables) here.

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Shareholders, Feds clear Martin Marietta, TXI merger

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division; CP staff

Five months of shareholder guidance and regulatory review appear to have gone according to script for Martin Marietta, which is on track to promptly consummate a merger positioning it as the largest U.S.-based aggregate, cement and ready mixed producer.

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Big Steel gives way to Bigger Aggregate on major Wall Street index

Sources: CP staff; S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, New York City

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. will gain elevated stature on Wall Street as it absorbs Texas Industries Inc., and switches spots from the Standard & Poors MidCap 400 to S&P 500 Index with one of the 20th century’s corporate icons, United States Steel Corp.—a past cement (Universal Atlas) and aggregate (Presque Isle, Mich., mega-quarry) operator in its own right.

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