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Mobley Concrete, Ozinga, IMI pros top 2016 National Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

From a record, 82-contestant field, Chris Harrison of Mobley Concrete Co. in Russellville, Ark., took the NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship in Nashville, staged September 18-19 during the group’s 2016 ConcreteWorks. After placing second in the 2015 competition (San Antonio), Harrison earned a $2,500 cash prize from the NRMCA’s Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) for this year's first place finish.

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Banker, builder lead concrete coalition’s Investors and Developers Advisory Council

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA’s Build with Strength coalition has launched a council to serve as investment and development advisers to architects, builders, engineers, policy makers and emergency services professionals who, through group participation, work to raise awareness about the benefits of concrete construction, especially for low- to mid-rise structures.

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Organizers call for donations to 2017 CIM Auction pool

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee; CP staff

The National Steering Committee and CIM Program patrons from Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State University and California State University, Chico have begun collecting equipment, material, and sports, entertainment or travel packages plus other items for the 12th annual auction, to be staged January 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center—amid 2017 World of Concrete day two.

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Survey finds construction interests lag in mobile, other technology tool adoption

Sources: KPMG International, New York; CP staff

U.S. construction companies are embracing drone aircraft, robotics, RFID equipment, materials tracking, data analytics and other tools at limited rates, according to KPMG International's “Building a technology advantage – Global Construction Survey.”

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Eagle looks east in cement, inking $400 million Cemex Fairborn mill deal

Sources: Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas; CP staff

A definitive agreement with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. will net Eagle Materials a Xenia, Ohio (Fairborn) cement plant, plus Columbus terminal, cement bagging operation and related assets. The $400 million deal is projected to close in the fourth quarter and could increase the suitor’s cement output by up to 20 percent.

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