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Everything’s bigger in Texas: World’s largest tilt-up building en route

Osaka, Japan-based Daikin Industries, Ltd., the leading global manufacturer in heating, cooling and refrigerant products, is expanding its Goodman Manufacturing Co. operations in the United States by constructing a state-of-the-art business campus near Houston. The Texas-sized development, designed by Powers Brown Architecture and LJB Inc., is projected to be operational in mid-2016 and will feature the world’s largest tilt-up concrete building, encompassing 4 million square feet. The structure will incorporate more than 2 miles of panel length, with approximately 370 wall panels. They will account for a large portion of a concrete schedule upwards of 360,000 cubic yards.

 

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Ready mixed producer market confidence climbs

Based on National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Producer Confidence Survey responses in April, the latest industry confidence index reached a 75.1 level for the first quarter of 2015—against the backdrop of a stock market at historic highs, companion economic indicators positive, and industry volume reports showing 2014 as the first year since 2008 when U.S. per capita ready mixed concrete consumption exceeded one yard.

 

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Northwestern-ACBM, NRMCA chiefs to address European Ready-Mixed Congress

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

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Call for Equipment, Machinery Entries

16 Bauma 150Organizers of the world’s leading trade fair for construction and building material machinery—staged every three years in Munich—are opening the bauma Innovation Award program to entries this month.

 

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Canadian heavyweight Armtec confronts debt load, capital structure challenges

A major operator precast operator serving Canada and parts of the U.S. from plants in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, Armtec Infrastructure Inc. has reached a crossroads: Respectable 2014 year-end results amid delisting and debt payment alerts from the Toronto Stock Exchange, where its shares have traded for six years.

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