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HawkeyePedershaab, New Hampton Metal team on equipment development, sales

Sources: New Hampton Metal Fab Corp., New Hampton, Iowa; CP staff

HawkeyePedershaab, a key global player in dry-cast pipe and manhole machinery, has forged an alliance with New Hampton Metal Fab aimed at co-developing wet-cast forming technologies and extending the latter company’s presence in international markets.

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NPCA 2015 Sustainability Awards call for entries

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

NPCA is accepting through December 15 entries for the 2015 Sustainability Awards, spotlighting achievements producer and associate members have realized in projects or plant operation practices, including energy and water management; recycling, product waste reduction and packaging optimization; substitution of non-renewable materials; vehicle efficiency; biodiversity and conservation; employee training or social support programs; supply chain initiatives; and, Environmental Product Declaration preparation.

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EPA ‘Waters’ proposal clouds aggregate supplies, concrete plant management, construction permits

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA Government Affairs staff is closely tracking the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of the jurisdiction of waters covered under the Clean Water Act, noting how the rule “holds unnecessary and overreaching regulatory implications that would adversely affect ready mixed concrete operations, such as washout pits, sedimentation ponds, settling basins.”

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McInnis Cement counters Quebec plant opponents’ government subsidy claims

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Responding to Lafarge North America charges of “enormous subsidies” behind a $1 billion greenfield cement plant and marine terminal in eastern Quebec, McInnis Cement contends: “The project has no subsidies [and] is being financed based on the merits of the business, with all debt and equity investors involved doing so on a commercial basis alone.”

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Dodge economist sees 9 percent gain in 2015 construction starts

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York City

The 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in industry forecasting and business planning, projects U.S. residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding work climbing to $612 billion next year, up from the $564 billion estimated for 2014 and high by recent historical standards.

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