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ICPI, NCMA open Commercial Sales Course registration

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

NCMA and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute will conduct their fifth Commercial Sales Course, December 11-13 at the Hyatt Place Chicago, near O’Hare International Airport. Three registration options—Days 1-3, Days 1&2 or 2&3—reflect content suitability for concrete paver or block professionals targeting the commercial market:

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Insurance survey proves underwriters wise to wood-frame construction risks

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

A new NRMCA-commissioned study proves how builder’s risk (construction phase) and commercial property (occupancy phase) insurance rates, measured across a wide range of regions, trend lower for multifamily dwellings built of concrete versus wood.

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Feds’ Apprenticeship task force light on contractor representation

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has appointed ABC President Mike Bellaman to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, stemming from an executive order President Donald Trump issued earlier this year with an eye to strengthening the U.S. labor force.

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Plant disruptions, strong demand tax supply of Vinsol, key AE admixture component

Sources: Pinova Inc., Brunswick, Ga.; CP staff

A convergence of routine market and rare natural forces could compel concrete producers using Vinsol resin-based admixtures to convert their mix designs to ones bearing alternative products meeting ASTM C260, Standard Specification for Air-Entraining Admixtures for Concrete requirements. Between this fall and much of 2018, producers will likely confront tight supplies of Vinsol-type air-entraining admixtures as the resin's sole supplier addresses capacity and inventory challenges.

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Lehigh Hanson parent subtracts carbon, accidents in new sustainability equation

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

HeidelbergCement has added a decade to the horizon of its Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program, whose six-point successor centers on reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 1990 levels; steering 80 percent of the research & development budget to sustainable products; increasing natural resource substitution with by-products or recycled materials; and, eliminating lost-time accidents.

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