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Bidders raise CIM Auction proceeds to new seven-figure watermark

Sources: Concrete Industry Management program patrons; CP staff

The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program cites $1.2 million in gross revenue for its 12th annual auction, staged during World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas. “[It's] our best ever … a tremendous success, both in terms of the value of donated items and number of attendees,” says CIM Auction Committee Chairman Mike Philipps (Sandler Training).

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Cemex sales veteran Philipps to replace NRMCA chief Garbini

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

The NRMCA Board has appointed Michael Philipps as successor to Robert Garbini, who will retire as staff president at the conclusion of the association’s 2019 convention, March 5-7 in Tampa. Philipps will arrive with 30-plus years in concrete and construction, most recently serving as vice president of Business Development, Construction Materials, for Sandler Training. He previously held vice president-level sales development, management or executive positions with Cemex USA and W.R. Grace & Co.’s Grace Performance Chemicals Division.

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Construction-specific ELD accounts for mixer, pump driver hours exemptions

Sources: GeoSpace Labs, Lakeland, Fla.; CP staff

A developer of market-specific tools for fleet operators and drivers bound by Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration hours of service rules cites the first electronic logging device programmed with functionality to reflect the agency’s hours of service rule exemptions for mixer and concrete pump drivers. GeoSpace Labs timed the early-February release of its construction-specific ELD with FMCSA’s formal announcement of exemptions for concrete delivery and placement vehicles, waiving drivers’ 30-minute break requirement and relaxing the reset period from 14 to 12 hours.

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Building code-driven coalition replicates Los Angeles success in Philadelphia

Sources: Build with Strength, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-aligned Build with Strength coalition has enlisted International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291 and Mayfair Civic Association, both Philadelphia, as its newest members. They join civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts who are committed to a) enacting safer and more sustainable building standards; and, b) closely tracking an increase in fires damaging or destroying low- to mid-rise buildings designed with combustible materials.

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Automation engineer machines first plant-ready 3D concrete printer

Sources: USABotics, Linton, Utah; CP staff

USABotics, a specialist in robotics and manufacturing automation, has marked the commercial debut of 3D concrete printing equipment in the North American market through a new entity, MudBots, and charter namesake model. The MudBots 664 Concrete Printer consists of a rectangular, gantry-like CNC (computer numerical control) table whose software-driven devices operate on XYZ axes to extrude near-zero slump mixes in cord-like layers.

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