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Industry alliance bullish on Water Infrastructure Act

Sources: North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

On behalf of members in cement, ready mixed and precast production, the North American Concrete Alliance is praising passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act—reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) every two years—and urging President Donald Trump to sign the bill into law. Passage of vital water infrastructure and resource programs every two years means Congress is ensuring America can build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, NACA contends, while supporting the 600,000 jobs across the cement and concrete industries.

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Developer of rebar-tying robot takes top AGC-Autodesk award

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Saxonburg, Pa.-based Brayman Construction and its affiliate, Advanced Construction Robotics, took first place and a $10,000 prize in the inaugural AGC-Autodesk Innovation Awards program for an autonomous rebar-tying robot geared to bridge construction. The Tybot device ties continuously day or night, and takes over after construction crews carry, place and frame-in 10 percent of deck rebar.

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Energy efficiency council ranks building and vehicle leaders, laggards

Sources: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As the federal government loosens environmental rules, states are investing more in energy efficiency and delivering increased power savings. Based on 32 metrics in six areas, including building and vehicle performance, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 12th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard cites leaders California and Massachusetts; laggards North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming; and, states with the highest year-over-year improvements, notably New Jersey. 

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Reading Rock, Russell union creates architectural cast stone leader

Sources: Reading Rock, Inc., Cincinnati; CP staff

Reading Rock and West Berlin, N.J.-based Russell Cast Stone Inc. have merged to form Reading Rock Russell LLC. With 168 years of industry presence, the combined entity is the largest producer of architectural concrete stone in the United States. Its RockCast brand spans architectural precast and masonry veneer units, custom cast stone, and lightweight stone products. 

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Knife River adds South Dakota’s Sweetman/Concrete Materials

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU Resources has closed on Sweetman Const. Co., an integrated ready mixed, aggregates and asphalt producer serving the Sioux Falls, S.D., market and operating as Concrete Materials Co. The company and its 260 employees join the North Central Region—Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska—of MDU’s Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary. 

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