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Producer, contractor groups charter clearinghouse

In an effort to increase the awareness of certification opportunities for concrete professionals, while promoting the advantages of such programs, eight concrete associations have joined forces to form the CICC. Comprised of the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), Architectural Precast Association (APA), Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), the CICC is a non-profit clearinghouse dedicated to serving those interested in improving the quality and safety of concrete construction and renovation. As a group, the associations will concentrate on providing concrete industry professionals with certification opportunities.

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Researcher surveys brand-driven builders

As brand loyalists, professional contractors purchase building supplies and tools based on names they know and trust, according to national research from the EMA B2B Contractor Specialty Group. Its survey of 500 general contractors and trade specialists also reveals methods of driving contractors to try new products.

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Cemstone plants earn Green-Star status

Cemstone Products’ Northfield, Minn., operation has completed audits for National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Green-Star certification as well as its Childs Road batch plant facility in St. Paul, Minn. They are two of only 14 plants in Minnesota to receive such certification.

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Briefs August 2012

PRODUCERS
Spancrete has announced the hiring of Scott Galke as the director of operations for its Valders, Wis., plant. Galke recently served as the director of operations at Metromont Precast in Greenville, S.C. Prior to his tenure at Metromont, Galke was the operations manager at Shockey Precast Company in Virginia, and also held other general manager roles.

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Briefs July 2012

PRODUCERS
Through a series of agreements with major and independent ready mixed producers, Houston-based U.S. Concrete Inc. has extended availability of its Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete into Southeast, Midwest and Pacific Northwest markets.

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