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AGC confirms industry headcount at 10-year high

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

Construction employment increased by 13,000 in June and 282,000 over the past year, bringing the total industry payroll to 7.22 million—its highest level since May 2008. “The construction industry continues to add workers faster than the economy as a whole, and is paying premium wages to attract and retain [them],” affirms AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “Employment gains are occurring in both residential and nonresidential construction. However, the industry is having to rely more on workers without construction experience, as the pool of unemployed construction workers has nearly evaporated.”

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LafargeHolcim marks first U.S. concrete deal with Texas’ Tarrant Concrete

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has acquired Tarrant Concrete Co., which operates three ready mixed plants on two sites, and builds on a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex platform created under Holcim (US). With 90 employees and annual sales hovering $40 million, Tarrant Concrete becomes the first bolt-on transaction in domestic ready mixed production since the Aggregate Industries U.S. and Holcim (US) businesses, along with Lafarge North America, were brought under LafargeHolcim Ltd. in the July 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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Chryso’s Parker earns top ASTM C09 honor

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates presented its top annual recognition, Award of Merit and accompanying Fellow title, to Chryso Inc. Sales & Marketing Manager Steven Parker. The award reflects dedicated service to the committee, particularly in administrative leadership roles and contributions to developing and improving standards for aggregates, ready mixed and finished concrete.

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Concrete Product Category Rule revisions open to comment

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

Environmental auditor NSF International is accepting comments through July 27 on revisions to NRMCA’s charter Product Category Rule (PCR), issued in 2013 to support Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) covering concrete mix designs. Over the past 18 months, the association has collaborated with the University of Washington-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum plus other stakeholders to draft a revised Concrete PCR reflecting changes in industry practices and international standards. 

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Salesforce, Oracle veteran joins Command Alkon C-suite

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

Command Alkon has named Craig Tate as chief revenue officer, charged with driving deeper integration and alignment across sales and services teams, while “ensuring current and prospective customers realize maximum business value from their investments in Command Alkon solutions.”

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