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Daimler Trucks takes stake in inspection report, HOS logging leader Zonar

Sources: Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Portland, Ore.

DTNA has announced an investment in Zonar Systems, Inc., whose heavy-duty truck telematic and connectivity devices support remote diagnostics and automated logging of driver hours of service and vehicle inspection results.

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Free webinar explores new NLRB, union organizer means of muscling employers

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

A June 30 presentation, "The NLRB Is Changing the Workplace. Are You Prepared?,” will spotlight recent National Labor Relations Board decisions impacting union and nonunion companies. A partner in the Macon, Ga., office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, attorney Jeff Thompson will focus on rule or procedure changes that allow unions to be quickly and easily elected as bargaining unit representatives, and require release of employees’ personal information to union organizers, potentially undermining employer due process rights.

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35-story wood building concept frames urban competition proposal

Sources: CP staff; Michael Green Architecture, Vancouver, B.C.

In an announcement lacking detail on structural member dimensions, integrity, combustibility characteristics, sourcing, and code feasibility, an architect and developer team has proposed a project harboring what would be the world’s tallest wood-framed building. The 35-story structure is envisioned as the centerpiece of Baobab, to be reviewed with other project concepts in the Réinventer Paris competition.

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Beaver Concrete joins Bryan Materials Group

Sources: Frank Bryan Inc., Pittsburgh; CP staff

Independent ready mixed and aggregate operator Frank Bryan Inc. recently closed on Beaver Concrete & Gravel, Rochester, Pa. The rebranded Beaver Concrete & Supply becomes a satellite, up the Ohio River, to two larger Bryan Materials Group (BMG) ready mixed operations in Pittsburgh: the Frank Bryan flagship, whose downtown location affords participation in many signature-building contracts; and, Quality Concrete, focused on residential and light commercial work.

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EPA, DOT target HD truck fuel efficiency gains north of 20 percent

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA- and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

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