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Technical, science-based discipline applied to LEED rating system

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; American Chemistry Council, New York; CP staff

A new U.S. Green Building Council and American Chemistry Council initiative aims to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program.

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Ozinga mixer amplifies Ice Bucket Challenge for mother & son team

Sources: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga RMC driver Joel Alford and his mother Barb, who works in the producer’s central dispatch office near southwest suburban Chicago headquarters, rose to the occasion when nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A decision to up the ante to a 1,200-gal. load of chilled water from Joel Alford’s rear discharge mixer garnered coverage from local and national news organizations, some stemming from a 90-second YouTube post.

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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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