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Cemex veteran Mack, well-traveled pavement engineer, chairs ACPA

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

Cemex Director of Market Development-Commercial Strategy Jim Mack was elected 2019 ACPA chairman during the group’s annual meeting in Florida. Based at Cemex USA Houston headquarters, he succeeds Chuck Niederriter, who during a traditional passing of the gavel noted how Mack is the first ACPA chairman to have served with a cement company, regional shipper’s group, ACPA-affiliated Chapter, ACPA National and the Portland Cement Association. 

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Cemex Ventures tech target takes 360-degree view of jobsite progress

Sources: Cemex Ventures, Madrid; CP staff

The venture capital unit of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has invested in StructionSite, a startup promoting digital worksite models to reduce time required to calculate construction progress—a function representing up to 2 percent of total project costs. 

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Florida leads ABC Merit Shop index as Michigan climbs, California swoons

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The Sunshine State tops the ABC 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard, vaulting from ninth last year on the strength of free enterprise principles, open-competition approach to the construction sector, increased career and technical education opportunities, and job growth rates. Michigan saw the biggest year-over-year improvement in its ranking, rising from 24th to seventh after the repeal of its prevailing wage law, which will foster greater competition and lower construction project costs. 

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Lawmaker maps Texas-sized batch plant, community buffer zones

Sources: Office of Texas Senator Donna Campbell, Austin; CP staff

The recently filed Senate Bill 208 seeks to amend a State of Texas Health and Safety Code section governing concrete batch plant and concrete recycling sites, whereby new facilities would be required to have a minimum distance of 880 yards, or .5 mile, from existing homes, schools or houses of worship—double the present requirement. 

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Lehigh Hanson builds ash capacity through second Prairie Province station

Sources: SaskPower, Regina, Saskatchewan; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd. has entered a 10-year agreement to market fly ash from the SaskPower Shand Power Station, boosting annual supply potential from the province to 215,000 tonnes. A supply contract follows a similar 2012 agreement covering fly ash from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station.

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