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RPM consolidates building, construction materials under Euclid umbrella

With an eye to global construction, structural and civil engineering markets, Euclid Chemical parent RPM International has formed Cleveland-based Euclid Group, encompassing the namesake concrete admixture and materials business, plus sister subsidiaries, operating companies or brands Increte Systems, Eucomex, Toxement, Cave, Viapol, Flowcrete, RPM Belgium and Vandex.

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Lanxess takes world view of iron oxide pigment production and supply chain

The third Lanxess Pigments Symposium took place in Las Vegas last month, the day before the World of Concrete 2017 opened. Under the “Trusted partnerships for sustainable growth” theme, the Lanxess Inorganic Pigments business unit provided 100-plus industry affiliates from around the globe a platform to discuss industry challenges.

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NCMA endorses ACI Masonry Testing Technician references in key TMS specs

The Masonry Society’s TMS 402/602-16: Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry sets new technician requirements to reinforce quality control measures surrounding concrete or clay units, mortar, grout and prism or scaled-wall specimen testing. Contractors, engineers or owner’s representatives can meet the requirements, published in December 2016, by enlisting ACI-certified Masonry Testing Technicians.

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Silica dust exposure protection carries the day at World of Concrete 2017

World of Concrete 2017 evidenced a mid-year enforcement timetable for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica exposure threshold covering construction sites and general workplaces. Leading the charge for compliance at the January 17-20, Las Vegas gathering were exhibitors of sawing and drilling equipment—loaded with dust collection devices—along with peers promoting cementitious material conveying, handling or dispensing devices with which silica dust can reach agency-reduced levels.

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Strong returns spur investor’s sale of Rocla Tie to German rail specialist

Vossloh AG of Werdohl, Germany, has closed on Denver-based Rocla Concrete Tie Inc., the leader in prestressed concrete railroad and turnout ties for Class I, commuter passenger, transit authority and industrial lines. Seller Altus Capital Partners II L.P., a Wilton, Conn., private equity firm, had held Rocla Concrete since mid-2013.

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