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Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Gross sales for segmental concrete pavement contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased 8.8 percent in 2016 over the prior year, according to the 2017 ICPI Contractor Industry Survey, prepared from responses that Columbus, Ohio, market researcher Industry Insights obtained from 218 small, mid-size and large companies.

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

The ABC-led Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) recently requested the Department of Labor delay enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s final rule on silica exposure, effective for construction employers on June 23, 2017, and general industry employers a year later.

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

ACI introduced its 2017-2018 officers and directors during The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Detroit, led by President Khaled Awad, chairman of Beirut-based material and geotechnical consultant ACTS; Vice President Randall Poston, senior principal with Pivot Engineers in Austin, Texas; and Senior Vice President David Lange, University of Illinois professor of Civil Engineering.

Sources: Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls, Lindenhurst, N.Y.; CP staff

Nicolock has acquired the Sparta, N.J., operation of Grinnell Concrete Paving Stones Inc., enhancing distribution logistics and adding production in a fourth state. The location joins the producer’s nine hardscape unit plants in Connecticut, Maryland and New York, along with six distribution centers in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Safety messaging in the social media universe, emerging regulatory compliance issues in the U.S. and globally, implications of telematics and big data, and technical documentation/training developments headline the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ 2017 Product Safety & Compliance Seminar, April 24-26 at the Westin Hotel, Cincinnati.