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Oldcastle parent nets $2.6 billion in Americas Distribution business sale

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.; CP staff

CRH is set to shed a sizable slice of its legacy Oldcastle Inc. portfolio, selling its Allied Building Products-anchored Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, North America’s the largest publicly traded wholesale roofing and building materials distributor.

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Mass timber proponents tout connections’ fire test results

Sources: Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new report tied to the reThink Wood campaign details glulam beam-to-column connections’ fire resistance in Type IV construction, or buildings up to 85-ft. tall. Findings from three assemblies subjected to ASTM E119-16a, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, campaign proponents note, “support mass timber as a safe solution that meets stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction.”

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EPA to revisit engine, emissions standards affecting glider trucks

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; J.D. Power Valuation Services, McLean, Va.

Responding to concerns from truck glider kit and trailer stakeholders, EPA is taking a second look at provisions of the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines rule.

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Industry, lawmakers mark California concrete pavement milestone

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

Highway construction stakeholders, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials, and state legislators assembled in mid-August to recognize the performance, longevity and value inherent in a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 10 concrete pavement, linking Ontario and Colton and placed in 1947 with a projected 20-year service life.

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Seattle Teamsters bask in contract settling disruptive CalPortland strike

Sources: Teamsters Local 174, Tukwila, Wash.; CP staff

Teamsters Local 174 rank & file have approved a four-year contract with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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