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ICPI revises Permeable Design program with CAD output

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.

Updated from a charter 2008 version and available in a free trial, Permeable Design Pro Software v2.0 for permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) generates time-saving cross section drawings with base and subbase thicknesses, plus CAD drawings illustrating calculated hydrologic and structural requirements from user-designated rainfall events, runoff flows from contiguous surfaces, traffic loads, underdrains and soil subgrade characterizations.

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Discharged, union-wise dump and mixer driver prevails in back pay case

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

In one of its final 2014 decisions, the NLRB adopted an administrative law judge’s order that Fairmont Heights, Md.-based Pessoa Construction Co. pay a former dump truck driver $95,000 in back wages. It settles protracted pay period and calculation proceedings triggered by an initial agency decision determining the highway contractor violated the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated William Membrino for “union activities.”

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Oldcastle parent sheds long-held Glen-Gery, sister clay brick brands

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Bain Capital LLC, Boston; CP staff

CRH will sell its Ibstock and Glen-Gery businesses in the United Kingdom and United States, respectively, in a $640 million deal with funds managed by Bain Capital Europe LLP. Projected to close during the first half of 2015, the transaction includes assumption of certain debt and pension liabilities resulting in net cash value to CRH of approximately $457 million.

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ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for Concrete Masonry Products

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

An NCMA-led team of producers and allied interests has finalized “Product Category Rules for Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.” The 21-page document presents baseline data for life cycle assessments producers detail in Environmental Product Declarations.

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Private equity deal preempts Hanson Building Products initial public offering

Sources: Heidelberg Cement AG, Germany; CP staff

Germany’s HeidelbergCement projects a first quarter 2015 closing on the $1.4 billion sale of Hanson Building Products operations in the U.S., Eastern Canada and United Kingdom to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, a real estate investment-centered private equity firm with Dallas, New York and Frankfurt offices. A definitive agreement on the transaction, announced just before Christmas, supersedes a Hanson Building Products Ltd. public offering HeidelbergCement had outlined three months prior in a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filing.

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