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Test models concrete mixtures’ drying behavior, augments slab specs

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

Newly published ASTM C1792, Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss Versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes will enable engineers and producers to characterize how hardened mixtures dry. “The information provided can be used to directly assess the drying rates of a given concrete mixture,” says ASTM member Dale Bentz, chemical engineer for the Materials and Structural Systems Division in the National Institute for Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory. “[It] could be valuable for industrial flooring applications, for example, where a quick drying is often desirable.”

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Custom-Crete delivers U.S. Concrete wider Texas footprint, volumetric fleet

Sources: U.S. Concrete, Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

Through Texas subsidiary Redi-Mix LLC, U.S. Concrete has acquired the assets of Custom-Crete—61 volumetric mixers and 11 concrete plants serving Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio markets—from Oldcastle Architectural Inc. The mid-October transaction marks a rare U.S. asset disposal for Oldcastle parent, CRH Plc.

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Capitol Aggregates commences carbon capture

Sources: Skyonic Corp., Austin, Texas; CP staff

Capping a four-year funding and construction program, Skyonic scheduled an October 21 dedication of a $125 million, commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization facility—the first of its kind in the world—at Capitol Aggregates’ flagship cement mill in San Antonio.

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Housing starts again breach pivotal watermark

Source: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.

Nationwide housing starts surpassed one million in September, the third time this year, according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau figures. Total housing production during the month rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.

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Report shows cities’ improved fiscal outlook, lagging infrastructure funding

Sources: National League of Cities, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Officials are optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to the National League of Cities (NLC), whose 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions report confirms the first positive growth in five years, coupled with members’ resumption of hiring.

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