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Lafarge, Holcim merger ushers realignment of U.S. and Canadian markets

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Canadian Competition Bureau

Officials in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa confirmed in early-May consent agreements the approved scope or direction of Lafarge North America, Holcim (US) Inc. and Holcim (Canada) Inc. operations following the Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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Big Apple ‘Dryline’ flood protection concept garners Holcim Award

Source: Holcim Foundation, Zurich

A large-scale, integrated protection system addressing New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding won Bronze in the 2015 Global Holcim Awards. The “Dryline” project is the vision of a consortium headed by Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam) in collaboration with the city.

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Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in record scale video projection

Sources: Daimler Trucks North America, Fort Mill, S.C.; CP staff

Hooverii 150With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported an early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears limited U.S. 93 traffic, capped a 30-minute production.

 

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Buying program economizes fleet supplies, fuel for NRMCA members

Sources: Petrocon Corp., Frederick, Md.; CP staff

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has teamed with Petrocon on a benefits program through which members, especially smaller and medium sized producers, can enjoy national account-level pricing on lubricants, antifreeze, tires, chemicals, energy, fuel cards, cellular services and other fleet related purchases.

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Nanotech-enabled concrete coating quells heat transfer 20+ percent

Sources: Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.; CP staff

A leading independent in one of the more specialized areas of manufactured concrete, Eagle Roofing continues regional rollout of Platinum Tile, whose patented, penetrating coating acts as a thermal insulator to reduce heat transfer into and out of a structure. Applied to freshly extruded tile, the coating is a product of nanotechnology, where measurements tend to billionths of a meter.

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