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USGS confirms 2018 cement, sand & gravel, stone shipment gains

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; CP staff

Surveys from the federal agency closest to the construction materials supply chain indicate that portland and blended cement, sand & gravel and crushed stone producers closed 2018 with respective year-over-year shipment gains of 3 percent, 7 percent and 4 percent.

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Paving contractors endorse 20-year Interstate Renewal Plan

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.

The American Concrete Pavement Association Board has approved a resolution formally supporting a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) report stating the case for annual investment of $45 billion to $70 billion to cover rebuilding of Interstate highway pavements and bridges. Proposed funding levels in “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future” apply only to the Interstate portion of the overall Federal-aid highway system.

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FTC increases pre-merger notification $threshold

Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission threshold at which a proposed transaction is subject to pre-merger filings increases from $84.4 million to $90 million, effective April.

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King Package Materials deal deepens Sika Canada portfolio

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff

The latest additions to Sika AG’s North American operations are King Packaged Materials Co., a large independent Canadian producer of dry shotcrete, grouts, mortars and concrete solutions, and sister business King Shotcrete Equipment Inc.—both under KPM Industries Inc., Oakville, Ontario. The acquisitions expand the geographical footprint of Quebec-based Sika Canada and improve its growth potential in home improvement, construction, mining and tunneling markets.

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RMC, Pankow Foundation directors anchor “Women in Industry” webinar

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

RMC Research and Education Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini and Pankow Foundation Executive Director Anne Ellis will lead “Women in the Industry,” an April 23 webinar continuing dialog they initiated at “Women Building Amazing,” a Command Alkon 2018 Elevate conference breakout session. Among topics they will discuss are challenges of being a woman on the job; applying for construction jobs; double standards and gender pay gap; and, how women and men complement each other in the workplace.

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