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PCA’s Sullivan details oil price variables hampering firm cement consumption outlook

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

Ed 150At a briefing timed with the opening of World of Concrete 2016 in Las Vegas, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan offered critical energy and housing market footnotes to his latest U.S. cement consumption forecast. Released in November, it projects year-over-year gains of 5 percent, at best, in 2016, and 5.7 percent for 2017. At those levels, U.S. portland and masonry cement shipments will climb from 92 million metric tons (mt) in 2015 to 96.4 million mt and 102 million mt this year and next.

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W.R. Grace spinoff repackages Grace Construction Products

Sources: W.R. Grace & Co., Columbia, Md.; GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

Nearly a year after management outlined a proposed split into two public companies, W.R. Grace completed the separation of its namesake business from a new entity, GCP Applied Technologies. The latter was officially formed February 3 in a distribution of GCP stock, at 1:1 ratio, to W.R. Grace shareholders. GCP Applied Technologies’ two global businesses, concrete admixture mainstay Grace Construction Products and Darex Packaging, have 2,800-plus employees in locations on six continents, and serve customers in more than 110 countries.

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Vulcan Western Division mines premier Environmental Product Declaration for aggregates

Sources: CP staff; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

Vulcan Materials has published North America’s first self-declared Environmental Product Declaration for aggregates. The document provides data for four primarily concrete-grade fine and coarse aggregates, plus eight other grades best suited to base, drainage and asphalt from the producer’s Pleasanton, Calif., quarry.

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OSHA, crane interests extend hazard prevention-focused partnership

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Partners have renewed an alliance to improve the safety and health of workers who manufacture and use overhead material handling equipment. During the five-year agreement, they will develop best practice fact sheets and training resources aimed at preventing worker exposures to electrical shock, electrocution, falls from elevation and being struck-by moving equipment.

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International aims to regain ground in severe service with four-model HX Series

Sources: Navistar Inc., Lisle, Ill.; CP staff

In one of the biggest equipment rollouts timed with World of Concrete 2016, Navistar announced in Las Vegas the severe service International HX Series, available in 115- and 120-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (bbc), set-forward or set-back axle versions. “The HX Series is an opportunity for International to recapture a leading position in the vocational market—a segment we previously led,” said Navistar CEO Troy Clarke. “The launch underscores our commitment to innovation, dedication to uptime and position as a leader within the industry.”

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