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Spillman deal brings New Hampton broader precast form, accessories

Sources: Afinitas, Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

New Hampton Metal Fabrication (NHMF) has announced a merger with Columbus, Ohio-based Spillman Co., a manufacturer of custom wet-cast concrete forms and supplier of precast fabrication accessories, magnetic products and automation solutions. 

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Law authorizes Concrete Masonry Check-Off referendum

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing Congressional authorization for concrete block and brick stakeholders to pursue an industry-wide referendum on a national commodity check-off program supporting industry initiatives, was signed into law October 5 as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.

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Recruitment, retention survey measures mixer driver pool decline

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Results from the NRMCA Workforce Development Committee’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey confirm an increased pressure on ready mixed producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional pool. The survey indicates that the industry’s driver ranks dropped 3 percent between January and December 2017, while 48 percent of respondents reported lost business because they did not have drivers to deliver orders—up 12 percent from last year’s survey (2016 figures).

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Cemex, Howlin Concrete, Prairie pros top Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Thomas Comeau, a delivery professional based at the Cemex plant in Marana, Ariz., took the 2018 National Mixer Truck Driver Championship, staged September 29-30 in National Harbor, Md., during the NRMCA ConcreteWorks fall conference. Prevailing among a field of 80 peers who negotiated an eight-station driving course; six-point vehicle inspection, operating or related skills challenge; and written exam, he received a $5,000 check from the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, NRMCA affiliate. 

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Amazon, Microsoft founders-backed fund tracks CarbonCure

Sources: CarbonCure Technologies Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia; CP staff

CarbonCure Technologies, the developer and licensor of carbon dioxide-based processes augmenting ready mixed and manufactured-concrete production, has closed an investment round led by a fund whose principals include Amazon.com Inc., Bloomberg LP, LinkedIn, Microsoft Corp. and Virgin Group founders Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates and Richard Branson. Of nine portfolio investments in $1 billion-plus Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, CarbonCure is the sole entity directly tied to construction.

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