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Road Builders: FAST stabilizes highway funding, bumps DOT purchasing power

Sources: American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

An ARTBA analysis of the five-year, $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) that President Obama signed December 4 notes: “While the total core highway investment increase during the [five-year] life of the bill will be just over 15 percent, yearly assessments are a better gauge of market impact.

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Sika Corp. parent pushes back hard on glass giant’s pursuit of a controlling stake

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; Saint-Gobain, Paris; CP staff

A year after an initial overture and subsequent Swiss agency and European Commission legal proceedings, Sika AG management remains steadfastly opposed to a stock transfer to global glass and building materials giant Saint-Gobain. Sika Chairman Dr. Paul Hälg calls the transaction “unparalleled in the world” and reiterates board concerns rooted in the bid’s structure: Saint-Gobain seeks the stake of the largest shareholder—the Burkhart family—amounting to 16.1 percent of shares, but vested with 52.4 percent of voting rights.

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ICPI, ASCE publish benchmark reference on permeable pavements

Sources: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.; CP staff

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has teamed with the ASCE Water Resources Institute and Water Resources Research Council’s Low Impact Development Committee to publish the first comprehensive handbook for the proper design, construction, and maintenance of permeable concrete or asphalt pavement systems.

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Tindall Mississippi division clears ISO 9001 quality audit

Sources: Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; CP staff

Located near the Gulf Coast, Tindall’s Moss Point, Miss., plant recently received ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification for the design, manufacture and erection of precast/prestressed concrete structures. The five-plant producer previously attained such certification for its Atlas CTB precast concrete wind tower fabrication, and is eyeing additional ISO 9001-2008-level audits for processes at sister operations.

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PCA: Energy market factors, SCM usage temper projected cement shipment gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

PCA’s revised cement consumption forecast walks back an earlier, more enthusiastic 2015–2017 demand picture. Prior forecasts that held U.S. cement shipments gaining 7-8 percent annually, beginning this year, have been adjusted to 3.5 percent, 2015; 5 percent, 2016; and, 5.7 percent, 2017.

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