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Concrete Supply pros prevail in National Mixer Driver Championship

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

A 19-year veteran of Concrete Supply Co., Charlotte, N.C., Mike Valentine topped a field of 48 in the 2014 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged September 21-22 in Indianapolis as part of the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo. Valentine was presented a trophy and $2,500 from the NRMCA-affiliated Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau.

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Heidelberg signals NYSE listing for Hanson Building Products spinoff

Sources: Heidelberg Cement AG, Germany; CP staff

Citing improved residential, commercial and infrastructure market prospects on both sides of the Atlantic, Heidelberg Cement officials have outlined an initial public offering of recently chartered Hanson Building Products Ltd., spanning North American and U.K. pipe, precast, brick and roof tile production assets inherited in the 2007 takeover of Hanson Plc.

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Escalante takes helm of GCC, Henley to lead U.S. business

Source: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, Mexico

The GCC Board of Directors has appointed Enrique Escalante chief executive officer, effective January 2015. He succeeds Manual Milan, who is retiring after a tenure during which the company, through U.S. market entry, grew from six to116 ready mixed concrete plants and two to six cement plants, and developed a solid distribution network that transformed it into a supplier of choice.

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PCA renews pitch for pavement properties in federal fuel efficiency benchmarks

Source: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.

Armed with a new report, Comprehensive Transportation Fuel Reduction Policies —A Comparison of Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency and Rigid Pavement Policies, PCA calls for roads and pavement structures to be included in forthcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heavy-duty truck fuel standards through which the White House aims to cut greenhouse gas levels.

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Reports detail erosion potential, subbase optimization for concrete pavements

Source: Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.

Developed at the Texas Transportation Institute, “Design Methodology for Subgrades and Bases Under Concrete Roads” and “Parking Lots and Test Methods & Results of Erosion Potential of Commonly Used Subgrade and Base Materials” are the culmination of research on best practices for identifying potential erosion problems before pavement is placed, and avoiding costs in overdesigned subbases.

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