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Lead economist projects 3 percent growth in 2018 construction activity

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

Total U.S. construction starts for 2018 will reach $765 billion, a 3 percent gain from this year’s projected level of $745 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics Chief Economist Robert Murray, who cites several positive factors suggesting the construction expansion that began in 2012 “has further room to proceed.”

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PCA Board appoints COO Ireland to succeed CEO Toscas

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

PCA Chief Operating Officer Michael Ireland has been named chief executive officer and director. He has served as interim CEO since the late-August departure of his predecessor, James Toscas, and takes the helm after arriving at the association in January.

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FedEx Ground safety hawk, Army legal veteran on track to lead OSHA

Sources: White House Press Office; CP staff

President Donald Trump will nominate Pittsburgh-based FedEx Group Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance Scott Mugno to be Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health. He transitioned to his present role after serving at Memphis headquarters as managing director, FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection, where he twice earned the company’s top honor, Five Star Award, for safety leadership. Prior to the shipping and delivery business, Mugno was Westinghouse Electric Corp. Waste Isolation Division counsel and Eastern Region U.S. Army Military Traffic Management Command deputy staff judge advocate.

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MMFX deal brings Commercial Metals deeper into concrete reinforcement

Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Through its wholly owned subsidiary CMC Steel Fabricators Inc., Commercial Metals has acquired substantially all of the assets of Irvine, Calif.-based MMFX Technologies Corp., which markets and licenses production of proprietary steel products, including the ChrōmX line of high strength, corrosion-resistant rebar.

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NPCA committee issues coil insert, hardware safety advisory

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

In light of manufacturing and product tolerance differences among precast hardware sources, the NPCA Technical Committee cautions members on the use of multiple coil insert, nut, rod and bolt brands.

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