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Federal Trade Commission eyes merger investigation streamlining

The Federal Trade Commission, one of two Washington, D.C., agencies overseeing company mergers, is moving aggressively to implement Presidential directives aimed at eliminating what Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen calls “wasteful, legacy regulations and processes that have outlived their usefulness.”

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McInnis Cement starts Big Apple terminal construction

Work is underway at the New York terminal of Montreal-based McInnis Cement, whose eastern Quebec mill is nearing production and positioned to supply markets from the Mid-Atlantic to the Great Lakes. The south Bronx site is part of McInnis’ network of terminals, strategically located throughout the eastern portion of North America and chosen for their access to efficient waterways, as well as their proximity to the market to minimize customers’ tanker truck miles.

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Royal White adds CSA cement to North American terminals

Royal White Cement has developed a calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement for the North American market, targeting agencies that specify very high early strength concrete for highway or runway pavement construction or repairs, plus customers seeking a CSA base for precast production or grout, shotcrete and underlayment applications.

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NRMCA chairman, committees honor annual award recipients

Convening last month in Las Vegas, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divisions recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Concrete Products joins NRMCA in saluting those honored during the 2017 convention, by AWARD:

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Steel fiber specialist advances Direct Tension testing methodology

A proprietary test described in ASTM International’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation provides for direct comparison of steel fiber and conventional rebar concrete specimen tensile properties, according to Helix Steel, developer of Twisted Steel Micro Reinforcement. The Direct Tension method enables engineers to determine steel fiber specimens’ first crack and post crack tensile strength, plus tensile modulus of elasticity. The testing and data analysis approach greatly reduces the variability of results, Helix officials note, thereby solving past problems rooted in small specimen sizes and material inconsistencies.

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