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Attorney at law J. Coleman, P.E., named ACI president

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI has elected 40-year member Jeffrey Coleman, principal of an eponymous Minneapolis law firm, as 2020-21 president. An Institute Fellow, he has served on the ACI Board of Direction and as a member of Committee 301, Specifications for Structural Concrete, plus Construction Liaison, TAC Specifications, Financial Advisory and Conventions Committees, and chaired Responsibility in Concrete Construction, now Committee 132. Prior to obtaining a law degree, he practiced as a structural engineer with Ellerbe Associates, a predecessor to a firm now under AECOM. Through his current firm, founded in 2013 after a few partnerships, he represents engineers, architects, concrete contractors and suppliers, and building owners in all aspects of construction.  

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Utility weighs 2 million ton fly ash processing project

Sources: Georgia Power, Atlanta; CP staff

Georgia Power is reviewing beneficial reuse prospects for upwards of 2 million tons of coal ash at Plant Mitchell, a retired generating station near Albany, Ga. A forthcoming contract will mark the first time in the state where coal combustion residuals from existing ponds are excavated and converted to ASTM C 618-grade fly ash.

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Software, tech-wise investor to acquire Command Alkon

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; Thoma Bravo, San Francisco; CP staff

Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm focused on software and technology-enabled services sectors, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire heavy building materials IT leader Command Alkon from New York-based Quilvest Capital Partners. The ownership transition stands to speed execution of a strategy to integrate inter-company supply chain operations in heavy construction via Connex, a many-to-many technology platform rolled out in 2019.

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Contractors report project delays, cancellations, supply disruptions

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C. 

Of the nearly 1,650 contractor participants in an online survey gauging market activity amid federal, state and local pandemic response measures, 39 percent note that owners have halted or canceled current construction projects, while 23 percent cite material, part or equipment shortages, including respirators and other protective gear. 

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Producer, contractor coalitions pursue work shutdown exemptions

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Major construction material and product groups, along with contractor counterparts, have implored federal, state and local officials to exempt building and nonbuilding work from business shutdowns as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus spread. 

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