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Contractors paint dire jobs, cost consequences in steel, aluminum tariff aftermath

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Responding to President Donald Trump’s March 8 order applying respective 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs to steel and aluminum imports from countries outside the NAFTA region, AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr noted: "These tariffs will cause significant harm to the nation's construction industry, put tens of thousands of high-paying construction jobs at risk, undermine the President's proposed infrastructure initiative and potentially dampen demand for new construction.

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Command Alkon managers secure patent on mixing process, strength predictability

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Command Alkon product design and programming veterans Bob Phare and Charlene Hohl have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,533,429 – System and Process for Mixing Concrete Having Desired Strength Characteristics. It covers methods for a) rapidly determining the predicted strength of concrete prior to pouring; and, b) creating and maintaining a database in which mix designs and their performance characteristics can be logged and updated as hardened concrete's actual strength is measured. Functions based on the technology will be incorporated in future versions of the quality control platform, COMMANDqc.

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Lawmakers move to shield brick makers from yet-final EPA rule

Sources: Brick Industry Association, Reston, Va.; CP staff

New bipartisan legislation would help the nation's brick, clay and tile producers avoid premature and devastating investments to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's national emission regulations.

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Construction Supply Group adds Zia Concrete to Southwest platform

Source: The Sterling Group, Houston

Construction Supply Group (CSG) has acquired Zia Concrete Supply and will integrate the Albuquerque-based distributor into its Southwestern business unit, Border Construction Specialties. The deal positions CSG with 74 branches, 1,150 employees, upwards of 25,000 customers, and 70,000-plus stock keeping units.

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U.S. Concrete adds 11 Texas sites in Golden Spread RM deal

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

U.S. Concrete has significantly expanded its west Texas footprint, acquiring the assets of Amarillo-based Golden Spread Redi-Mix Inc. The deal includes 10 fixed plants; a five-plant portable division; an aggregates operation with deep reserves and close proximity to Amarillo; and, a dump and bulk tanker fleet serving the concrete sites.

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