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BASF admixture extends CSH utility to increase early, late-age concrete strength

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Admixture Systems, Cleveland; CP staff

BASF has announced a first-of-its-kind liquid admixture that improves early- and late-age strength development in concrete. Dosed at up to 10 oz./100 cwt, Master X-Seed 55 is a stable suspension of synthetically produced crystalline calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanoparticles that facilitate growth of CSH crystals between cement grains and improve overall portland cement hydration.

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McNeilus realigns business units under T. Harris successors

Sources: McNeilus Trucks & Manufacturing Co., Dodge Center, Minn.; CP staff

McNeilus has appointed Jesus Crespo and Jim McReynolds as vice president and general manager, respectively, of the Concrete Mixers and Customer Support Solutions business units.

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NCMA set for ICON Expo 2018: Machiney & Equipment Show

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

NCMA is finalizing the agenda for the International Concrete Exposition: Machinery & Equipment Show, whose inaugural staging is set for February 9-10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. True to the ICON Expo 2018 theme, the small-scale exhibit component built into event’s schedule since 2015 will be replaced by a larger trade show, complete with plant components and machinery—and 16 hours of booth time between Friday and Saturday. ICON Expo 2018 will be held in conjunction with NCMA Annual Convention, February 6-8, and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Annual Meeting, February 11-14.

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Building Safety Month theme: 'Codes Save Lives'

Sources: International Code Council, Itasca, Ill.; CP staff

The authority overseeing the widely adopted International Building and International Residential Codes is ramping up promotion of the 38th annual Building Safety Month with an unmistakable message: "Building Codes Save Lives." The ICC-led, international campaign is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May and raises awareness about building safety and the importance of current safety codes and code officials' role in creating safe, sustainable structures that communities can rely on for generations.

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PCI names 2017 Design Award recipients

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Now in its 55th year, the PCI Design Awards program recognizes 21 projects across parking structure, building and transportation categories. This year saw 100-plus entries from producers, engineers, and architects across North America.

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