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Scoping the future, PCI Foundation steps up student outreach

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation, Chicago; CP staff

“Our mission is to impact the future of the built environment while promoting the use of precast concrete. We are partnering with bright young minds to push the boundaries of precast design and construction to do what has never been done before,” says PCI Foundation Executive Director Marty McIntyre, outlining 2019-2020 initiatives. 

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Oldcastle APG builds B.C. footprint with Abbotsford Concrete Products

Sources: Oldcastle APG, Atlanta; CP staff

The acquisition of British Columbia-based Abbotsford Concrete Products will expand Oldcastle APG’s hardscape unit offerings and manufacturing capabilities in its western Canada region.

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Global competition defines when a concrete photo is worth $10,000

Sources: Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), London; CP staff

GCCA is accepting entries through September 11 for the “Concrete in Life” global photography competition, open to professional and amateur photographers via social media and spanning three categories:

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OSHA sets mid-August timeframe for Safe + Sound Week

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA will join businesses and organizations nationwide, August 12-18, to recognize the importance of workplace safety and health programs. The agency’s Safe + Sound Week encourages employers to implement safety initiatives and highlight workers’ contributions to accident reduction. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity, OSHA officials contend. 

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CRH reloads acquisition chest with $1.9 billion Distribution deal

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Two years after dispatching its Americas Distribution business in a $2.6 billion deal with Beacon Roofing Supply, CRH has penned an agreement to sell a parallel European franchise to private equity and asset management giant Blackstone for $1.9 billion. The Europe Distribution spans General Builders Merchants, which supplies bath, heating and plumbing products to professionals and homeowners through a network of local and regional brands across six countries in Western Europe. 

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