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Oldcastle Precast, Pomeroy veteran Grafton lands new PCI Operations post

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI recently appointed R. Jon Grafton, a certified professional engineer, as director of Operations Services, where he will serve as Business Performance Council staff liaison and contribute to productivity, erector, and safety efforts. He joins PCI with more than 30 years' experience in precast, prestressed concrete, most recently as Oldcastle Precast manager of Business Development. In that role, he pursued design-build projects using precast/prestressed concrete, and helped develop new products that could be marketed throughout the company's 90+ plants across the United States and Canada.

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Steam-based aggregate drying brings energy efficiency to bagging lines

Sources: CDS Inc., Boonton, N.J.; CP staff

Best known in manufactured-concrete production for its Envirocure technology, CDS has unveiled the R-O2 Drying System, whose reduced oxygen, superheated steam atmosphere serves as an energy-wise medium for bringing sand, gravel and stone moisture levels to zero.

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Lawmakers tie hybrid plans to multiemployer pension system reform

Source: Office of U.S. Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.-1)

Representatives Phil Roe, M.D. and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) present their Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act as a bipartisan effort designed to modernize, strengthen and safeguard the multiemployer pension plan system for the future.

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At 50, 11-plant Jensen Precast exemplifies major independent label

Sources: Jensen Precast, Sparks, Nev.; CP staff

One of the largest family owned operators in underground products for commercial building and local, state or federal agency infrastructure work marked five decades in business on February 14.

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Heidelberg to exit Lehigh White Cement partnership with Cemex, Aalborg

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Cementir S.p.A., CP staff

Lehigh Hanson parent company HeidelbergCement will sell its 51 percent stake in Lehigh White Cement Co. to minority shareholders in a deal valued at about $140 million and scheduled for first quarter closing. Ownership of Lehigh White Cement, which has 280,000 tons' capacity in York, Pa., and Waco, Texas, plants, will be split between Aalborg Cement Co. (63.25 percent), a North American business of Denmark-based Aalborg Portland Holding A/S, and Cemex Inc. (36.75 percent).

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