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Martin Marietta to shed two quarries, consummating Bluegrass Materials deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Martin Marietta has closed on Bluegrass Materials Co. in a $1.65-billion cash transaction, underscoring an aggregates portfolio addition of 125-plus years of high-quality reserves across Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and Tennessee. Management projects annual savings from synergies of assimilated operations, including 23 active sites, upward of $15 million.

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Command Alkon builds digital answer to 250 million paper tickets

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

A new Command Alkon electronic ticket management system allows contractors, haulers and suppliers to interact and work together by streamlining their order through goods acceptance processes. BuildIt equips users to order, receive and account for materials being delivered to the job site—all on a centralized platform that integrates with virtually any ticketing software.

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Paver contractors log strong project sales despite labor shortages

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

Gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the United States and Canada increased by 7.7 percent during 2017, while four of every five contractors cite difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees, according to a new Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute survey. 

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Feds delineate cement mason vs. landscaper labor in back wages case

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

Following a Labor Department Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Metropolitan Concrete Corp. will pay $73,647 in back wages to 15 employees working under the H-2B non-immigrant visa program, which provides for the admission of non-immigrants to the U.S. to perform temporary non-agricultural labor or services.

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ASTM Committees C01, C07, C12, C15 to host masonry innovation workshop

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM International Committees on Cement (C01), Lime and Limestone (C07), Mortar and Grouts for Unit Masonry (C12), and Manufactured Masonry Units (C15) are cosponsoring the Workshop: Innovations in Collaborative Research, Development and Applications, June 26 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

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