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Research raises questions on minimum CM specs, supports paste-to-void ratio rationale

A recent report on results of concrete mixtures testing at National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s College Park, Md., research laboratory underscores optimized cement paste volume and paste-to-void ratio as key factors behind fresh and hardened specimens’ improved performance characteristics.

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Capitol Aggregates logs first NRMCA-certified EPD for portland cement

26 EPD 150The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has certified its inaugural Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for cement in North America, covering ASTM C150 Types I and III, C595 Types IP and IL, and C91 Types N and S from Capitol Aggregates’ flagship mill in San Antonio, Texas. The EPD for Capitol Aggregates, a long-time NRMCA member serving the Texas market for nearly 60 years, follows a September 2015 milestone when the association certified its 2,000th concrete declaration. That watermark is by far the most of any building material or product category represented in EPDs targeted to new green building rating system requirements.

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W.R. Grace sets stage for Construction Products spinoff, rebranding

W. R. Grace & Co. has named Adam Grose president of the Specialty Construction Chemicals business anchoring GCP Applied Technologies Inc.—the Cambridge, Mass.-based entity to be formed through an early-2016 spinoff of the Construction Products segment and Darex Packaging Technologies.

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Sika AG contests Saint-Gobain overture, maps North American market growth

More than a year after an initial overture and subsequent Swiss agency and European Commission legal proceedings, management of Baar, Switzerland-based Sika AG management remains adamantly opposed to a stock transfer to global glass and building materials giant Saint-Gobain. Sika Chairman Dr. Paul Hälg calls the transaction “unparalleled in the world” and reiterates board concerns rooted in the bid’s structure: Saint-Gobain seeks the stake of the largest shareholder “the Burkhart family” amounting to 16.1 percent of shares, but vested with 52.4 percent of voting rights. In a late-2015 letter to shareholders, he noted:

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Vulcan CEO Hill named chairman as retiring James seals leadership transition

Vulcan Materials Co. Chairman Don James retired at the close of 2015, capping nearly two decades on the executive team and consummating a leadership transition to Tom Hill, who adds the chairman’s post 18 months after becoming president and CEO.

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