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Holcim spotlights $96 million Maryland plant capacity, environmental upgrades

Holcim (US) staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony late last month to cap a two-year Hagerstown, Md., cement plant modernization. The company underscored a clinker capacity increase upward of 200,000 tons annually, plus emissions controls abiding new Environmental Protection Agency National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) thresholds.

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Concrete end uses help propel coal ash recycling to record level

“We are pleased to report that 52 percent of coal combustion products were beneficially used in 2015—up from the previous year’s record of 48 percent. For the first time, we are using more of these valuable resources than we are throwing away,” reports American Coal Ash Association Executive Director Tom Adams, taking stock of the central metric in the group’s latest “Production and Use Survey.”

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Insulated mold prepares cylinders to emulate in-place strength development

Concrete Block Insulating Systems’ patent-pending TempGuard from Eskimold, a 4- x 8-in. EPS foam mold, replaces plastic concrete test cylinders and eliminates nearly all need for curing boxes. TempGuard’s insulating properties dramatically reduce and slow the detrimental effects variable jobsite temperatures have on concrete test cylinder curing, product developers note.

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Forterra floats 29 percent stake in $340 million initial public offering

Water and wastewater infrastructure-geared Forterra Inc., a recently established entity emanating from Forterra Building Products, raised $340 million in a mid-October initial public offering, trading under the symbol FRTA on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. In U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, the company indicated that the IPO would give new investors and principal owner Forterra US Holdings LLC, respectively, 29 percent and 71 percent stakes in a 96-plant operation with annual sales of about $1.6 billion across Drainage Pipe & Precast Products and Water Transmission Pipe & Products segments.

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Mining entity extends testing of admixture derived from prized graphite

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd., owner of a rare, volcanic graphite deposit in Ontario, has entered an agreement with Israel-based admixture specialist Larisplast Ltd. to expand research on a processed material called graphene, which has shown in preliminary testing to accelerate concrete curing time; reduce cement requirements; and, impart mechanical performance suited to seismic or blast impact loads.

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