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General Shale imparts color, texture variety in new stone and brick products

17 GSi 150Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale enters 2016 with new concrete and clay masonry selections and colors—providing builders, architects and design professionals a wide range of hue, texture and size combinations for meeting current residential and commercial building trends.

 

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Oldcastle Architectural harmonizes block, stone, bagged product branding

16 logo 150The top gun in concrete block and stone veneer has unveiled a brand to make its vast portfolio of innovative masonry products and services easier to identify, select and order. Echelon Masonry will build on Oldcastle Architectural’s track record of continuous innovation in conventional or premium architectural block; unit color variety; lightweight or full depth veneer stone; high performance wall systems; and, products with advanced environmental or acoustical performance.

 

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Besser teams with ‘bio-enhanced concrete’ developer on production technology

13 Armor 150Through an agreement formalized last month, Besser Co. and Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete Tech Ltd. envision a commercial-scale production system in which proprietary additives and mix designs yield dry cast concrete whose porosity and chemistry foster plant growth. Research has demonstrated how concrete bearing ECOncrete’s mix technology can reduce the ecological footprint of urban and coastal infrastructure and mitigate climate change impacts.

 

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LafargeHolcim, finance authority to seed low-carbon, low-cost brick entity

14 DuraBric 150LafargeHolcim Ltd. and U.K. development finance institution CDC Group Plc have teamed to establish a company aimed at scaling up production of DuraBric, a simple, reliable and environmentally-friendly building solution the Swiss cement, concrete and aggregate giant launched in Malawi three years ago.

 

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Contractors ramp up headcounts anticipating private, public market growth

Seventy-one percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016 as contractors expect increased activity in a range of public and private market segments, according to results of an Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction & Real Estate survey. Conducted as part of AGC’s “The Challenges Facing a Growing Industry: The 2016 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook,” the survey indicates contractors foresee a positive year despite tight labor conditions, regulatory burdens, and information technology security challenges.

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