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NRMCA’s Garbini, Northwestern’s Shah to address European Ready-Mixed Congress

Sources: European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organization, Brussels; CP staff

Northwestern University Civil Engineering Professor and Center for Advanced Cement-based Materials founding director Surendra Shah will keynote the ERMCO Congress XVII, June 4-5, in Instabul, with “Advances in Concrete Science in the last 50 years.”

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Mack’s optimized lift axle, powertrain specs spell cement hauling fuel economy

Sources: Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

Mack Trucks has unveiled a sensor technology, Load Logic, and 6x2 liftable pusher axle option for its Pinnacle highway tractor, citing the potential for fuel efficiency and driver productivity improvement in cement and other bulk material deliveries, where vehicles tend to haul out heavy and return empty.

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NCMA, ICPI call for Concrete Masonry Design Award entries

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

NCMA is accepting entries for the 2015 Concrete Masonry Design Awards of Excellence program through October 1. Cosponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, the award program showcases design and construction excellence using manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products – concrete masonry units, manufactured stone veneer, articulating concrete block, segmental retaining wall units and interlocking concrete pavers – in residential, commercial and landscape applications.

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Ferrara Bros. deal secures U.S. Concrete an unrivaled stake in the Big Apple

Sources: U.S. Concrete, Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

After closing on all of the equity interests in Flushing, N.Y.-based Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp., U.S. Concrete has reached a level of ready mixed production and delivery capability rare for a metro New York and New Jersey market operator.

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FMCSA grants mixer drivers two-year exemption from hours of service break rule

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

After 18-plus months of discussion between NRMCA representatives, federal lawmakers and agency staff, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is exempting concrete mixer truck drivers from the 30-minute break requirement in the current hours of service (HOS) guidelines. NRMCA Chairman Allen Hamblen (CalPortland) credits association members and staff for efforts leading to “much needed regulatory relief for the industry.”

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