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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. enters the new year on track to unload a major non-core U.S. asset: the Rinker Materials concrete pipe and precast business. Under a definitive, late-2016 agreement, the producer will sell the entity to Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings Inc. for about $500 million, plus an additional $40 million depending on future performance.

Oldcastle Precast, civil engineering and consulting firm French Development Enterprises LLC, and Woburn, Mass.-based GEI Consultants have successfully constructed and assembled the first prototype “French Dam,” a modular precast impoundment for construction and retrofit of hydroelectric dams, water control systems and power houses.

A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub), Critical Issues When Comparing Whole Building and Building Product Environmental Performance, addresses key concepts in quantifying the environmental impact of buildings and products comprising them. It also makes recommendations for current and future building practices using life cycle assessment (LCA), and offers suggestions for research to advance future study and practice.

BASF Admixture Systems has formulated the integral MasterLife AMA 100 admixture to protect concrete structures from biodeterioration by destroying bacteria and micro-organisms that cause microbial-induced corrosion upon contact through an electrophysical mechanism. Sewage or wastewater exposure and subsequent reactions can cause premature deterioration in concrete pipes, manholes and other conveyance or drainage structures, resulting in increased maintenance and life-cycle costs plus compromised aesthetic appearance.

Producers participating in the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2016 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey list as their top hiring challenge the availability of commercially-licensed drivers with concrete delivery experience; just over half report turning down business due to a lack of qualified staff to operate their fleets.