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AGC, ABC document Obama order’s certain harm to competition, small businesses

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

ABC and AGC have been among the most vocal “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” critics since President Obama added it to his expansive executive order roster in June 2014. Response to the Labor Department and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council announcement of a final rule implementing the order show neither group changing its tune.

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Agencies peg October target for federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

To ensure federal contractors better comply with laws that protect their workers’ safety, wages and civil rights, the Labor Department and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council have issued final regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, a contentious measure top construction officials dub the “blacklisting rule.”

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City council stares down combustible-material specs in code amendment

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

The Sandy Springs (Ga.) City Council has voted unanimously to amend the city’s building code to include new requirements prohibiting use of combustible materials in the frames and load bearing walls of structures above three stories or 100,000 square feet. The measure comes at a time when many cities are weighing similar measures to increase the resiliency of new buildings.

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Besser marks National Concrete Pipe Week with scholarship launch

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

In recognition of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s annual (mid-August) National Concrete Pipe Week, Besser has established a $2,500 ACPA Foundation scholarship for a student whose course of study relates to concrete pipe production, application, installation or research.

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New York City leader U.S. Concrete adds Brooklyn’s Kings Ready Mix

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete continues a Big Apple market roll up, most recently closing on the assets of Brooklyn’s Kings Ready Mix—its fifth concrete production and delivery deal in New York City since March 2015. With four plants and a 60-plus mixer fleet, Kings Ready Mix serves a range of project types, but maintains a leading stake in non-union, low- and mid-rise building jobs across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

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