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Sources: McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Dodge Center; CP staff

Through a partnership formalized at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, concrete mixer and construction materials information technology market leaders McNeilus and Command Alkon seek to further integrate truck controls and fleet management software for North American ready mixed producers. Their initiative extends a FLEX Controls and TrackIt telematics platform integration the companies announced late last year at the Command Alkon User Conference.

Sources: CP staff; Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Concrete plant equipment manufacturers, mixer truck body builders and fellow exhibitors enjoyed solid booth traffic, quote inquiries and order activity at the 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg, some telling Concrete Products the March 7-11 event was the best such show to date. Confidence in the business climate and prospects for stepped up infrastructure investment, fueled by President Donald Trump, permeated the Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, which encompassed the flagship show and co-located IFPE 2017.

Source: Ryan LLC, Dallas

Missouri provides contrasting outcomes regarding the application of sales tax to purchases of concrete for foundations. The Missouri Department of Revenue’s mid-February Letter Ruling 7780 concludes that a taxpayer's purchase of ready mixed and rebar used to construct wind turbine tower foundations qualifies for the sales tax exemption covering machinery and equipment used in manufacturing.

Source: CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who spearheaded much of the first year of Donald Trump’s 17-month White House campaign, stressed the new administration’s commitment to economic growth and job creation during a keynote address to a joint National Ready Mixed Concrete Association–National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association session in Las Vegas. 

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

The parent of Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials Inc. has closed on seven deals year to date, led by the acquisition of one of the largest privately held U.S. aggregates producers: Tell City, Ind.-based Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc., spanning six quarries, five sand & gravel operations, 14 materials yards, plus four ready mixed concrete and three asphalt plants serving Ohio River and Kanawha River valley markets in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.