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BASF Construction Chemicals business suits private equity fund

Sources: BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany; Lone Star Global Acquisitions, LLC, New York; CP staff

BASF projects a third quarter 2020 closing on the $3.5 billion sale of its Construction Chemicals unit to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm with offices in Frankfurt, Germany and New York. A subject of speculation since a late-2018 BASF announcement of plans to shop the business, the transaction will include Master Builders concrete admixture and sister brands deeply rooted in construction, maintenance and retrofit. 

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Transportation, equipment contact lead fatal work injury categories

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 5,250 fatal work injuries in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the prior year’s 5,147 total, but notes that the rate for such incidents last year remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Data are from the agency’s just-released Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2018, and indicate:

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Eagle Roofing expands Sunshine State tile production, distribution

Source: Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.

Eagle Roofing projects a spring 2020 completion for a 90,000-sq.-ft. addition to its Sumterville, Fla., operation. The massive enclosure will provide space for a fourth high-speed concrete tile production line, plus added storage for raw materials and a growing component offering, led by the new Eagle Armor by APOC self-adhered underlayment. 

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NLRB prepares to take the ‘ambush’ out of union election rule

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A detailed Federal Register notice outlines modifications to the National Labor Relations Board’s Representation–Case Procedures rule, which saw 25 amendments in 2014-2015 as a part of a significant policy shift under President Barack Obama. Changes effective April 2020 sunset certain provisions enabling what opponents dubbed “ambush elections” by narrowing the window between a union petition for bargaining unit representation and rank & file voting from a 38- to 28-day average.

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ASTM Cannabis Committee seeds standard for lime-based hempcrete

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis is eyeing development of standards to cover the use of hempcrete, a bio-composite mixture of hemp hurds and lime, in construction and insulation. Work on the proposed WK70549 and WK70550 standards entails, respectively: review of current ASTM International fire resistance and R-value measurement methods’ appropriateness for hempcrete, and establishing unbiased R-value and fire resistance properties for hempcrete insulation materials. 

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