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Reading Rock, Russell union creates architectural cast stone leader

Sources: Reading Rock, Inc., Cincinnati; CP staff

Reading Rock and West Berlin, N.J.-based Russell Cast Stone Inc. have merged to form Reading Rock Russell LLC. With 168 years of industry presence, the combined entity is the largest producer of architectural concrete stone in the United States. Its RockCast brand spans architectural precast and masonry veneer units, custom cast stone, and lightweight stone products. 

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Knife River adds South Dakota’s Sweetman/Concrete Materials

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU Resources has closed on Sweetman Const. Co., an integrated ready mixed, aggregates and asphalt producer serving the Sioux Falls, S.D., market and operating as Concrete Materials Co. The company and its 260 employees join the North Central Region—Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska—of MDU’s Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary. 

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Spillman deal brings New Hampton broader precast form, accessories

Sources: Afinitas, Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

New Hampton Metal Fabrication (NHMF) has announced a merger with Columbus, Ohio-based Spillman Co., a manufacturer of custom wet-cast concrete forms and supplier of precast fabrication accessories, magnetic products and automation solutions. 

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Law authorizes Concrete Masonry Check-Off referendum

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

The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing Congressional authorization for concrete block and brick stakeholders to pursue an industry-wide referendum on a national commodity check-off program supporting industry initiatives, was signed into law October 5 as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.

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Recruitment, retention survey measures mixer driver pool decline

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

Results from the NRMCA Workforce Development Committee’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey confirm an increased pressure on ready mixed producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional pool. The survey indicates that the industry’s driver ranks dropped 3 percent between January and December 2017, while 48 percent of respondents reported lost business because they did not have drivers to deliver orders—up 12 percent from last year’s survey (2016 figures).

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