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Nanoscale research confirms cellulose products’ cement hydration capacity

Sources: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; CP staff

Nanocrystals extracted from cellulose microfibrils—structures that give plants and trees strength and resilience—can increase concrete tensile strength up to 30 percent by creating tiny water inlets in a matrix and promoting more efficient cement hydration.

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Market recovery brings residential, commercial builders higher margins, expanded payrolls

Source: L.E.K. Consulting, Chicago

In its fifth annual Contractor Behavior Study, global management consultant L.E.K. confirms residential and commercial construction market momentum, vendor/supplier loyalty based on criteria other than price, and increasing adoption of mobile technology sales and management tools.

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Integration-tested, Lafarge NA veteran Olsen to head LafargeHolcim

Sources: Lafarge Group, Paris; CP staff

Ahead of the proposed merger they aim to consummate by mid-year, the Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. boards have appointed Lafarge Executive Vice President, Operations Eric Olsen as LafargeHolcim chief executive officer. Officials cite his success in senior operations, finance, human resources and strategy positions, plus “deep experience of driving change … in matters of integration and organization.”

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NRMCA opens 2015 Driver Recruitment, Retention Survey

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA has launched with RMC Research & Education Foundation support a project aimed at gaining a better understanding of mixer driver recruitment and retention challenges, and developing materials to build and maintain producer members’ driver ranks.

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Tremron meets growing Southeast demand with new Atlanta plant

Source: Tremron, Jacksonville, Fla.

Tremron, the largest hardscape unit producer in the Southeast, is expanding its operations with a new manufacturing facility in Douglasville, Ga., part of the Metro Atlanta area. Production at the plant will commence this spring.

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