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SCM dosage, w/cm limits lead producer beefs with prescriptive mix designs

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

A survey on prescriptive mix designs reveals requirements NRMCA Research and Engineering Standards Committee members find most onerous: maximum water/cementitious material ratio when not applicable, minimum cementitious material content, plus restrictions on supplementary cementitious material dosages, aggregate characteristics like grading, and SCM type (i.e., Class F fly ash only) or characteristics.

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Natural Pozzolans, Nanotechnology committees set for ACI fall premiers

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans, and Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete, chaired by Lehigh Cement’s Robert Neal and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Konstantin Sobolev, respectively, will hold inaugural meetings during the ACI Fall 2014 Convention, October 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

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Vulcan Materials expedites Lafarge exit from New Mexico

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Lafarge North America has sold five ready mixed concrete, three asphalt and three  aggregate operations serving the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, N.M., markets. The integrated properties comprise one of six third-quarter acquisitions through which Vulcan Materials invested nearly $320 million emanating from the sale of Florida concrete and cement production assets earlier this year.

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AGC: Construction unemployment drops to seven-year low

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction employers added 16,000 jobs last month as sector unemployment fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September since 2007, according to an AGC analysis of monthly employment figures the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released October 3.

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Nonresidential construction confidence index soars

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington

The ABC Construction Confidence Index (CCI), which reflects nonresidential construction industry prospects using three measured categories—revenues, profit margins and hiring—increased across all indices during the first six months of 2014.

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