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Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

A 1.1 percent energy intensity reduction across ready mixed concrete, cement and aggregate operations, totaling $682,000 in savings, has netted CalPortland the 2017 EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Efficiencies attained in 2016 bring the West Coast producer to 15.6 percent energy intensity reduction and $96 million cumulative savings since 2003. 

Source: TCC Materials, Mendota Heights, Minn.

A deal with Sweetman Construction Co., dba Concrete Materials, has netted TCC Materials’ Amcon Concrete Products business block plants in Harrisburg, S.D., and Worthington, Minn. They join a network of concrete masonry and hardscape unit plants in Medford, St. Cloud and St. Joseph, Minn., plus Rapid City, S.D.

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Mason Contractors Association of America, Algonquin, Ill.; CP staff

OSHA has moved the target for the construction industry to comply with the revised respirable crystalline silica exposure standard from June 23 to September 23, citing a need to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance due to the unique nature of employer requirements.

Sources: Slag Cement Association (SCA), Farmington Hills, Mich.

SCA has posted for free download a calculator with which concrete producers can quantify and interpret cradle-to-gate life cycle assessments (LCA) reflecting the environmental impact of mixtures with and without slag cement. Calculations are based on the industry-average Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ready mixed concrete that incorporates industry-average EPDs for slag cement and portland cement in the United States. The calculator also allows users to evaluate how different concrete mixtures affect whole building impacts based on a typical case study project.

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Gross sales for segmental concrete pavement contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased 8.8 percent in 2016 over the prior year, according to the 2017 ICPI Contractor Industry Survey, prepared from responses that Columbus, Ohio, market researcher Industry Insights obtained from 218 small, mid-size and large companies.