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Paper Giant Boosts Fiber Cement-Grade Pulp Capacity

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario Greg Rickford announced a $2 million commitment supporting Domtar Inc. in developing and commercializing new premium grades of pulp at its Dryden, Ont., operation.

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Paper interests write check-off program absent small producers

36 Paper 150Concrete masonry and ready mixed concrete interests who support a national check-off strategy to fund promotion and research, but recognize small and large stakeholders’ differing views on such programs, have another broad campaign to track: “Paper & Packaging—How Life Unfolds.”

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PCA Honors Buzzi Unicem, CalPortland, Cemex Leaders

Portland Cement Association has named 2015 John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards recipients in three categories: CalPortland Co. Vice President, Marketing Bill Larson, Business Continuity; Cemex USA Director, Market Development Jim Mack, Market Development; and, Buzzi Unicem USA Director, Environmental Affairs Adamn Swercheck, Young Leaders. The awards honor member company employees who have raised the bar on leadership and commitment, and made their mark on the association and the industry. Business Continuity and Market Development dovetail key PCA strategic initiatives, while Young Leaders acknowledges high potential in non-executive employees.

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Cal Poly, Iowa State, N.C. State students lead NCMA Foundation competition

34 NCMAa 150Dubbing their concept “FlipBlock,” Cal Poly State University students Alex Kiefer and Jacob vanDerRoovaart won the 2015 Student Unit Design Competition during National Concrete Masonry Association’s Midyear Meeting in Montreal. The NCMA Foundation-sponsored event challenges architectural students with designing a “new” concrete masonry or hardscape unit that can be produced on a conventional block or big-board paver machine.

 

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CIM officials call for 2016 World of Concrete Auction donations

33 CIM 150The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program has announced that it is seeking donations for its 11th annual auction to be staged Wednesday, February 3, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, amid World of Concrete 2016. A silent auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., immediately followed by live bidding.

 

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