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Market leaders, cement suppliers form UtahRMCA, team with NRMCA

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

NRMCA has announced a partnership with the newly formed Utah Ready Mixed Concrete Association (URMCA), citing it as the latest example of national, regional and state leaders working toward the common goal of making ready mixed concrete the building material of choice across all sectors of the built environment.

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U.S. Concrete bolts on Harbor RM, A-1 assets to northern California platform

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete’s NorCal Materials Inc. subsidiary has closed on the assets of independent producers Harbor Ready-Mix and A-1 Materials Inc., which serve residential and commercial accounts in the Peninsula and South Bay areas of San Francisco. The deal brings two concrete batch plants and 23 mixer trucks, plus the assets of L.C. Frey Co., a landscape materials business tied to A-1.

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PCA factors weather, agency budgets in minor 2017-18 forecast revisions

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The latest PCA forecast of U.S. cement consumption sees year-over-year gains of 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent in 2017 and 2018 versus uniform 3 percent levels projected earlier this year. Bad weather, especially in the high volume concrete markets of Florida and Texas, coupled with lower anticipated public construction sector budgets are behind the more modest growth outlook.

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EPA enlists cement, concrete, construction interests in partnership premier

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

The EPA has designated cement and concrete, construction, and iron and steel among 13 regulated industries chartering Smart Sectors, a partnership program whose collaborative approach, agency officials contend, provides an opportunity to pinpoint more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment.

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Eastern Concrete, Cemex, Maschmeyer pros top Mixer Driver Championship

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

Eastern Concrete Materials veteran Ed Rieper took the 2017 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged October 1-2 in Grapevine, Texas, during the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference. The first place finish earned the Saddle Brook, N.J., driver a $2,500 check from the NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, and adds to his 2016 National Mixer Driver Championship fifth-place and 2015 NRMCA Driver of the Year honors.

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