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Look who’s backing low-carbon alternatives to portland cement

The European parent companies of two global admixture producers announced equity stakes in ventures aiming to partially or fully displace portland cement in concrete. Both upstarts offer investors claim of proactive measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by lowering demand for a product of carbon-intensive processes.

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Florida Antitrust plaintiffs watch sun set on their class action quest

Plaintiffs alleging a price-fixing and market-allocation conspiracy among four major Florida ready mixed producers began the new year with a court order detouring the hospitable path they sought to injunctive relief and damages.

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Selling in a Bad Economy

Everyone has the same question, “When is this economy going to get better?” The answer is it will not come back in the near future. So what do you do?

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The flaws of antitrust laws

The ready mixed and precast concrete supply chain shows nothing out of line with vendors holding low, middle or higher double-digit national market share, as material or equipment category leaders like BASF Admixture Systems, Holcim (US) Inc., Mack Trucks Inc., McNeilus Cos. and Command Alkon Inc. illustrate. 

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Court refuses to indulge claims of ‘meal period’ driver plaintiffs

A group of mixer truck drivers sought $6 million in a class action lawsuit, alleging former employer Granite Rock Co. violated California labor laws requiring off-duty meal periods or payment for duty-free meal periods. A Santa Clara County Superior Court decision issued last month suggests that instead of being awarded back pay and legal fee largesse, Driscoll et al. vs. Granite Rock plaintiffs and their counsel were handed their lunches.

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