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Agency launches Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program portal

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The Labor Department's Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) online application portal has gone live. Excepting those in construction trades, the program enables organizations to pursue SRE certification, then develop and administer training for paid apprenticeships in manufacturing and other sectors.

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Sunrock ventures north in St Marys/VCNA quarry deal

Sources: Sunrock Group, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

North Carolina's Sunrock Group, a key independent ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt producer, has chartered a satellite entity with the acquisition of an Ontario quarry from Votorantim Cimentos' North American flagship business, St Marys Cement/Canada Building Materials. The Burnt River site encompasses 1,400 acres of high quality aggregate reserves and will operate under Sunrock Canada Construction Materials. 

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Ozinga Energy tests emerging natural gas platform to run an F-150

Sources: Ingevity, North Charleston, S.C.; Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga Energy is delving deeper into diesel and gasoline alternatives to fuel light- to medium-duty trucks. Through a partnership with activated carbon processor Ingevity, the Ozinga Bros. entity is demonstrating a new natural gas fueling platform in a Ford F-150. 

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Rebar connector research team targets large cage safety

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, McLean, Va.; CP staff

A lack of proper engineering design and detailing procedures to safeguard slurry wall foundation, cast-in-drilled hole pile and tall column rebar cage stability has compelled a Pankow Foundation grant for the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute, teaming with the University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers will examine behavior of cages incorporating innovative mechanical connectors—U-bolt, threaded rod with plate and wire rope—during various loading conditions. 

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FMCSA program delineates truck crash CSA, SMS reportability

Sources: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff 

The new Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) enables commercial motor vehicle drivers or owners to submit a Request for Data Review covering eligible events from August 2019 forward. By formally clarifying crash conditions or circumstances, it stands to bring greater accuracy and fairness to FMCSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Safety Measurement System (SMS) mechanisms for critiquing driver or carrier safety performance.

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