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FAA spec marks first for underground precast structures

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Underground infrastructure projects at airports will be easier for precast concrete producers to bid after release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Approved Advisory Circular Specifications for 2019. The 717-page document specifies precast concrete for all underground drainage structures for the first time, and stems from three years of FAA and National Precast Concrete Association collaboration. 

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Transit Mix deal expands LafargeHolcim Front Range footprint

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has acquired the ready mixed and aggregates production assets of Transit Mix Concrete Co., a subsidiary of Continental Materials Corp., in a $27 million deal. Transit Mix has a payroll of 180-plus, serves the Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colo., markets, and reported adjusted 2017 revenues of $63 million. 

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Sakrete enters professional aisle with higher psi, faster-setting mixes

Sources: Sakrete, Atlanta; CP staff

Sakrete arrived at World of Concrete 2019 poised for launch of its Pro-Mix series, formulated and packaged with an eye to construction supply house channels and department of transportation projects. Distribution of the professional grade mixes is scheduled for the first quarter, beginning in the Southeast. Four products chartering the Pro-Mix program are: 

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Aggregate and Concrete Executives group names officers, directors

Sources: Aggregate and Concrete Executives; CP staff

Kentucky Crushed Stone Association Executive Director Nick Rodgers, Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Executive Director Rita Madison and Georgia Construction Aggregate Association Executive Director Jeff Wansley have been elected 2019-2020 Aggregate and Concrete Executives (ACE) chairman, vice chairman and secretary/treasurer, respectively. Joining them as ACE directors for the same term will be counterparts Peter Vlahos (immediate past chairman), Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association; Randy Olsen, Iowa Limestone Producers Association; Doug Needham, Michigan Aggregates Association; Alan Sparkman, Tennessee Concrete Association; Jay Stem, North Carolina Aggregates Association; Tom Evans, Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association; and, Todd Ohlheiser, Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

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Unions’ share of U.S. workforce falls farther

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; CP staff

The 14.7 million wage and salary workers who were members of unions in 2018 represented 10.5 percent of the U.S. workforce, down 0.2 percent year-over-year, a Bureau of Labor Statistics report confirms. The figure underscores a sustained union membership rate decline since 1983, the first year for which comparable worker data are available. BLS calculated a rank-and-file of 17.7 million workers that year, or 20.1 percent of the wage and salary workforce. 

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