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ACI, PCI team to develop a structural precast companion to 318

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

An expanded American Concrete Institute and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute partnership has spawned the joint ACI-PCI Committee 319, Precast Structural Concrete Code, tasked with developing and maintaining code requirements unique to plant-fabricated elements or members common among PCI members. 

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Vulcan, Martin Marietta pace $5 billion milestone neck-and-neck

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Vulcan Materials, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Consistent with recent years' near-equal financials, sand & gravel and crushed stone top guns Vulcan Materials and Martin Marietta Materials report respective 2019 sales of $4.9 billion and $4.74 billion, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $1.27 billion and $1.25 billion. 

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Cemex outlines double-digit CO2 emissions reduction plan through 2030

Source: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

A new Climate Action strategy positions Cemex to clip net specific carbon dioxide emissions 35 percent across a global cement, concrete and aggregates enterprise against a 1990 baseline level. The producer defined an additional double-digit percent reduction target for the decade ahead on top of a 22-plus percent CO2 emissions cut realized since climate change concerns gained prominence and spotlighted carbon-intensive sectors. 

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Knife River Prestress adds Oldcastle Spokane plant

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

MDU construction materials subsidiary Knife River Corp. has extended its Pacific Northwest precast/prestressed concrete production footprint, acquiring the assets of Oldcastle Infrastructure Spokane. The operation serves contractors and developers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and complements an existing Knife River precast/prestressed plant in the latter state. 

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Lehigh White parlays pre-mixed UHPC under InWhite umbrella

Sources: Lehigh White Cement Co. LLC, West Palm Beach, Fla.; CP staff

Lehigh White Cement is promoting two formulations from the Aalborg InWhite Solution family of pre-mixed, ultra-high performance concrete materials developed by parent company, Cementir Group of Italy. Aalborg Excel and Aalborg Extreme are self-levelling, fast flowing mortars, conducive to pigment and fiber combinations and achieving very smooth surface finishes. Flowability, extended set time and durability characteristics, plus compressive strength in the range of 17,000 psi to 20,000 psi, make the materials well suited to architectural concrete with thin and complex geometries.

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