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Lawmakers start review of INVEST highway funding plan

Sources: Office of Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); CP staff

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Pete DeFazio has scheduled a June 17 markup of "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America” (INVEST) Act, which authorizes $319 billion in highway outlays and $500 billion overall for fiscal years 2021-2025. A successor to the federal highway funding program expiring September 30, it enables completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding, and contains strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.

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NCMA reformats Midyear Meeting, holds on Milwaukee

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

Due to safety and travel restrictions, the National Concrete Masonry Association is postponing its Midyear Meeting in Milwaukee until August 2021, but will leverage a user-friendly online conference platform for the new 2020 Midyear Event: Going Virtual!, August 4-6. Participants can customize their experience around general sessions, forums plus learning and networking opportunities—all offering insight on the association, industry conditions, and evolving business climate.

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ACI sets full fall convention program in North Carolina

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

ACI plans to host a customary gathering of engineers, students, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives during the Concrete Convention, October 25-29 at the Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center, Raleigh Marriott and Raleigh Sheraton venues. Attendees will collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and practices during 300-plus committee meetings, and have access to more than 40 technical and educational sessions.

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TxDOT on board with GCP Verifi system for ASTM C94-grade loads

Sources: GCP Applied Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

A new Texas Department of Transportation Special Provision Specification notes that mixer trucks deploying sensor-enabled slump adjustment equipment like GCP Applied Technologies' Verifi automated water and chemical admixture dosing system meet ASTM C94, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete requirements.

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CR Minerals confirms plant expansion tripling natural pozzolan output

Sources: CR Minerals Co., Fort Worth, Texas; CP staff  

The largest processor of raw natural pozzolans for performance mixes and Class F fly ash substitution will invest more than $10 million over a three-year period to increase capacity at a Pueblo, Colo. operation dedicated to concrete and oil & gas grades. CR Minerals aims to more than triple production capabilities of its Tephra NP, OG and (remediated fly ash) RFA pumiceous materials. 

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