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Construction index: Nonresidential work unhampered by labor pinch, rising costs

The nonresidential construction sector continues to grow at a solid pace, reflecting 18 months of improving activity despite rising construction materials and labor costs, along with a slight decline in regional economies where most activity is taking place, according to the Nonresidential Construction Index Report (NRCI) for Q2 2015 from Raleigh, N.C., management consultant FMI.

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Customer demands drive central mixed upgrades at five Ameron Hawaii alleys

20 Ameron 150In two retrofits and two transit-to-central mixed conversions, Tracy, Calif.-based Con-E-Co dealer DHE Inc. has installed Model 12 tilt mixers at the Ameron Hawaii batch plants on Oahu and Maui islands, while also delivering a new Model 12-equipped Lo-Pro 427CM plant. The move to central mixed production at two locations was partly driven by performance requirements for a major bridge deck contract, and to address increasing demand for specialty concretes.

 

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U.S. Concrete grows D.C., Garden State RM businesses; completes precast production exit

U.S. Concrete Inc. closed its third and fourth deals of 2015, capping the first half by acquiring the assets of DuBrook Concrete Inc., Chantilly, Va., and Colonial Concrete Co., Newark, N.J. With three ready mixed plants and a 42-mixer fleet in northern Virginia, DuBrook is strategic to Superior Concrete Materials, U.S. Concrete’s long-held Washington, D.C. business. The Colonial transaction adds three sites and about 40 mixers to the New Jersey flagship, Eastern Concrete Materials.

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Cemex teams with UN, conservation groups on natural site protection

A joint project between Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International, and The WILD Foundation aims to promote awareness of natural sites of great relevance the world over. Announced on 2015 World Environment Day, it will also see Cemex release Earth´s Legacy: Natural World Heritage, the third volume of the producer’s Nature Series, which builds on the producer’s 20-volume Conservation Series dating to 1993. The new book will sport impressive images from some of the world’s most respected conservation photographers, coupled with background on 100-plus sites warranting protection.

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Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in autonomous vehicle premier

26 FFi 150With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported Daimler Trucks North America’s early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon and embodying 3 million yd. of cast-in-place concrete, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The 30-minute production was capped by the vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears U.S. 93 traffic.

 

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