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A.A. Robbins deal broadens R.I. Lampus footprint in Keystone State

Source: Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh

Springdale, Pa.-based R.I. Lampus Co. has strengthened its leading stake in western Pennsylvania concrete block and hardscape unit production, acquiring A.A. Robbins Co. of Cambridge Springs. The buyout of retiring owner Denny Robbins adds a Crawford County plant to Lampus’ Allegheny, Beaver, Erie and Lawrence county sites, and dovetails a recent brick distribution and retail showroom expansion.

Spancrete ramps up Georgia hollowcore, wall panel operation

Sources: Spancrete Group, Waukesha, Wis.; CP staff

Eyeing prospects for its namesake prestressed plank and wall products throughout the Southeast, Spancrete is upgrading a Newnan, Ga., plant. The producer projects full operation in January and a near-term payroll up to 40 at the property, located about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta.

 

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Davis Colors parent transitions to chemical giant Huntsman

Sources: Huntsman Corp., The Woodlands, Texas; CP staff

In a cash deal hovering $1 billion, plus assumption of overseas pension liabilities, Huntsman has closed on Rockwood Holdings’ Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives businesses, the latter including legacy concrete pigment producer Davis Colors of Los Angeles.

 

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OSHA hears whistleblower suspended for videotaping equipment safety check

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to pay $51,000 in punitive damages and back pay to an employee who, despite federal whistleblower protection, was suspended for refusing to delete from his cell phone video footage of an air compressor safety inspection.

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Developer patents precast pervious pavement technology

Sources: Percoa USA LLC, Minneapolis; CP staff

Armed with a recently issued patent, Percoa USA is eyeing a range of commercial and residential market applications for its precast pervious concrete system and stormwater filtration methods. “We have demonstrated the durability of [the product] as well as its effectiveness in capturing and filtering runoff,” and “are moving to license technology to companies ready to manufacture pervious slabs and pavers,” affirms President Brett Pomerleau.

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