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Vulcan Materials builds California concrete aggregates reserves in Polaris deal

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Polaris Materials Corp., Vancouver, B.C.; CP staff

Vulcan Materials has strengthened its supply chain for California concrete customers through a friendly takeover of Toronto Stock Exchange-traded Polaris Materials, which operates a sand & gravel plant and deep water port on Vancouver Island plus five distribution yards in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles markets.

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Oldcastle parent nets $2.6 billion in Americas Distribution business sale

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.; CP staff

CRH is set to shed a sizable slice of its legacy Oldcastle Inc. portfolio, selling its Allied Building Products-anchored Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, North America’s the largest publicly traded wholesale roofing and building materials distributor.

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Mass timber proponents tout connections’ fire test results

Sources: Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new report tied to the reThink Wood campaign details glulam beam-to-column connections’ fire resistance in Type IV construction, or buildings up to 85-ft. tall. Findings from three assemblies subjected to ASTM E119-16a, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, campaign proponents note, “support mass timber as a safe solution that meets stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction.”

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EPA to revisit engine, emissions standards affecting glider trucks

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; J.D. Power Valuation Services, McLean, Va.

Responding to concerns from truck glider kit and trailer stakeholders, EPA is taking a second look at provisions of the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines rule.

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Industry, lawmakers mark California concrete pavement milestone

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

Highway construction stakeholders, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials, and state legislators assembled in mid-August to recognize the performance, longevity and value inherent in a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 10 concrete pavement, linking Ontario and Colton and placed in 1947 with a projected 20-year service life.

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