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Cummins recall aimed at fixing deterioration-prone SCR components

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Through a voluntary recall coordinated with the EPA, Cummins Inc. will replace components in selective catalytic reduction-equipped engines powering 2010-15 model year medium- and heavy-duty trucks. SCR catalyst components to be replaced were found to degrade within a few years instead of controlling emissions of nitrogen oxides for a regulatory timetable—10 years or 435,000 miles (heavy-duty vehicles)/185,000 miles (medium-duty).

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Ivy League professor quantifies high social costs of wood construction fires

Sources: Build with Strength Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With special attention to incidents involving Los Angeles multi-family developments, a study from Columbia University Adjunct Assistant Professor Urvashi Kaul offers a cost-benefit analysis showing wood-framed residential building fires’ economic impact on citizens and local governments. 

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Metro Mix deal broadens LafargeHolcim, Aggregate Industries’ Denver footprint

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has closed on the assets of Metro Mix LLC, a ready mixed producer with Denver and Castle Rock, Colo., plants. The transaction adds to an already strong Colorado market presence LafargeHolcim enjoys through its integrated Aggregate Industries operations. 

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HawkeyePedershaab parent establishes umbrella identity

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

A newly formed parent company, Afinitas, encompasses a charter dry cast equipment business, HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, plus three other manufacturers acquired over the past 18 months: New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., New Hampton, Iowa; BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, Blaubeuren, Germany; and, CAM Sales Inc., Ludington, Mich.

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Commission launches precast-geared crane operator certification

Sources: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Fairfax, Va.; CP staff

NCCCO has developed the Telescopic Boom-Swing Cab Restricted (TLL-R) certification program for operators of boom trucks with short booms, no attachments/extensions, and a basic load chart. A restricted version of the Telescopic Boom Swing Cab (TLL), it covers equipment classes commonly used in precast concrete delivery.

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