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Sequatchie Concrete acquires eastern Tennessee neighbor, Cleveland RM

Sources: Squatchie Concrete Service Inc., South Pittsburg, Tenn.; CP staff

Sequatchie Concrete Service will add two plants in a deal for Cleveland Ready Mix, which served contractors in five eastern Tennessee counties for 50-plus years under late owner Claude Simpson.

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Kenworth Truck, Con-Tech Mfg. add to CIM Auction fleet

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff

Kenworth Truck and Con-Tech Manufacturing will deliver the second of two anchor items up for bid in the 2018 Concrete Industry Management Auction, January 24 in Las Vegas: An 11-yd. BridgeKing mounted on a T880S model. Kenworth Truck Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing Kevin Baney calls the donation from his company, plus Kenworth of Central Florida, Con-Tech and other valued supplier partners, “an excellent way to support CIM’s very important program designed to develop the concrete industry’s leaders of the future.”

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Home exterior cost survey finds brick besting veneer stone, fiber cement

Sources: Brick Industry Association (BIA), Reston, Va.; CP staff

An updated BIA study involving seven common home exterior products shows that fired-clay brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone, and just a third more than fiber cement before considering lifetime maintenance costs. Developed by RSMeans, it compares the installed cost of total house construction for brick veneer over wood framing with the cost of adhered manufactured stone, stucco, wood shingle, plus vinyl, fiber cement or horizontal wood siding alternatives.

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Private equity firm brings regional materials labs under Atlas banner

Sources: Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP, Baton Rouge, La.; CP staff

A Bernhard Capital-led group has acquired construction materials and infrastructure management specialists Engineering and Testing Services Corp., Oakland, Calif.; Moreland Altobelli Associates, Duluth, Ga.; and Pavetex Engineering LLC, Lubbock, Texas, combining them under Atlas Technical Consultants.

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CMC extends spooled rebar capacity, eyeing Southwest fabricators

Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Aiming to offer an alternative to traditional loose-wound coiled rebar, Commercial Metals is ramping up production of hot-rolled spooled product in #3 to #6 sizes at Durant, Okla., and Mesa, Ariz., micro mills—anticipating spring 2018 and 2019 availability.

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