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Forterra prevails in court challenge to HeidelbergCement affiliate claims

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Delaware Court of Chancery has granted Forterra attorneys’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit that HeidelbergCement AG affiliates had filed over earn-out contingency fees tied to the $1.2 billion sale of the former Hanson Building Materials. Terms called for buyer Lone Star Fund IX (U.S.), L.P. to pay an additional sum for the 67-plant business, up to $100 million, depending on fiscal 2015 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) thresholds.

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Laser tunnel’s HPC mixes stingy on aluminum, magnesium and silica

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim and Holcim Deutschland have formulated a series of high-performance concrete mixes for a 3.4-kilometer tunnel housing the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. Located near Hamburg, Germany, the European XFEL generates extremely intense X-ray flashes allowing researchers around the world to map atomic details of viruses, record chemical reactions, and study planets’ interior processes.

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Prefabricated elements top commercial contractors’ productivity catalysts

Sources: USG Corp., Chicago; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Ninety percent of contractors surveyed for the USG + U.S. Chamber Q4 2017 Commercial Construction Index do not consider jobsites to be very efficient. Respondents identify labor productivity as the means to achieving jobsite efficiency, a metric they acknowledge can be improved by using more prefabricated building elements.

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Clark Pacific commits $200K to Sacramento State Concrete Lab

Source: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.

Clark Pacific has donated $200,000 to help develop the Sacramento State Civil Engineering Department concrete laboratory, which will offer generations of students hands-on experience and support primary research targeting new technologies and continuous concrete construction improvement.

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Volvo CE chief Weissburg to shift to Mack Trucks as Slagle successor

Source: Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.

Volvo Construction Equipment President Martin Weissburg will transition in the same capacity to Mack Trucks in June 2018 and remain a Volvo Group Executive Board member. He served as president of Volvo Financial Services Americas from 2005 to 2010, when he was named to lead the global unit, and appointed to his present post in 2014. Based at the Mack Trucks headquarters in North Carolina, Weissburg succeeds Dennis Slagle, who will remain with the Volvo Group as a special projects leader reporting to CEO Martin Lundstedt.

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