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Green Concrete Council Adds Reference Guide

Detailing various concrete products’ and building methods’ specific benefits, “The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Applications” is a new companion to USGCC’s “The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Strategies and Examples” benchmark. Announced at 2010 Greenbuild, the former title offers tips and case studies on specifying concrete materials, constructing for sustainability, integrating into sustainable structures, and navigating green codes and standards.

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Stephens, ISL Pen Inventure Mixer Manufacturing, Marketing Plan

Stephens and King City, Ontario-based ISL Machinery have entered an agreement whereby the former will have exclusive rights to manufacture and market the Inventure Mixer in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. “Inventure has a proven product that has been on the market for over 20 years. [Its] Reversing Drum Mixer has a reputation of consistently mixing the highest quality concrete at a very competitive cost,” said Max Stephens, president.

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Appellate Court rejects NAACP, NAHB challenges to town’s pro-masonry ordinance

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Houston) panel has found a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People- and National Association of Home Builders-anchored coalition lacked legal standing in its claims that revised, Kyle, Texas, zoning standards violate the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). In a November 11 opinion, the Appellate Court essentially affirms a March 2009 U.S. States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) decision rejecting plaintiffs’ challenge based on their failure to present evidence the  standards discriminated against African-Americans or Hispanics.

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Command Alkon Secures Optimization Technology, Adds Europe’s TMS

Agreements with The Netherlands-based Ortec have yielded Command Alkon a) exclusive rights to optimization tools for construction materials fleet routing and dispatching, delivery forecasting and workforce scheduling; and, b) ownership of Total Management Systems (TMS), a Western Europe-centered ready mixed and precast plant technology specialist.

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Turmac Rebranded Columbia Batching Division

Harmonizing its batch plant equipment brand with the flagship, Columbia will operate the Turmac Division as the Batching Division of Columbia Machine. The name change reinforces the primary focus of providing concrete batching and mixing solutions to domestic and international product machinery customers, notes General Manager J.P. Gianotti.

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