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Lehigh Hanson parent subtracts carbon, accidents in new sustainability equation

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

HeidelbergCement has added a decade to the horizon of its Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program, whose six-point successor centers on reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 1990 levels; steering 80 percent of the research & development budget to sustainable products; increasing natural resource substitution with by-products or recycled materials; and, eliminating lost-time accidents.

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Charah, rail services partner bring Mile High City new fly ash source

Sources: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

Charah has opened a fly ash storage terminal in Kelim, Colo., north of Denver, in partnership with Great Western Railway of Colorado operator and rail-to-truck transloading services provider OmniTRAX. Geared to Rocky Mountain States concrete producers, the facility joins the Charah MultiSource Class C and Class F fly ash distribution network, whose recent expansion has also seen new terminals in California, the Midwest, New England and the South.

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Park Service contractor deploys vacuum lifting for new White House steps

Sources: Vacuworx, Tulsa, Okla.; CP staff

The National Park Service’s Frederick, Md.-based Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) deployed a Vacuworx lifting system to set 46 new Missouri limestone slabs, topping out at 2,400 lbs., during the recent White House South Portico stairway reconstruction. The diesel-powered device pulls a vacuum between lifting pads and objects to be placed, securing a positive seal.

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Clark Pacific triples southern California production footprint with new plant

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Amid higher student housing, parking structure and office building demand, Clark Pacific has opened a second precast/prestressed concrete site in southern California. The new Adelanto plant is about 50 miles north of an existing Fontana operation, east of Los Angeles, and expands the producer’s fabrication and yard scope in the region to 135-plus acres.

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Besser broadens scope for robotics specialist Slab Innovations

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

A new global marketing agreement focused on manufactured-concrete producers calls for the Besser sales organization to promote the automated production and robotics-enabled handling solutions of St-Hubert, Quebec-based Slab Innovation, Inc.

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