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SEFA OUTLINES MAJOR ASH PROCESSING INVESTMENT

Scheduled International Concrete Sustainability Conference speakers include Hank Keiper of the SEFA Group, who will present “The Future of Fly Ash is Under Our Feet,” during the May 12-14 event in Boston. He will discuss the dwindling availability of coal fly ash suitable for use as supplementary cementitious material in the U.S. due to environmental regulations and market factors. To ensure a future supply of high-quality, Class F fly ash, SEFA Group has modified its proprietary thermal beneficiation process to accept fly ash reclaimed from disposal sites, including both landfills and settling ponds. The adaptation of a proven technology will create a consistent supply of premium fly ash, prevent future disposal of material initially below ASTM C618 grade, and offer existing site
remediation solutions.

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ACI Committee 318 reorganizes Building Code around designs’ structural members

American Concrete Institute ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural ConcreteAmerican Concrete Institute is finalizing ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, announcing at World of Concrete 2014 the streamlined document’s new orientation to engineers; more intuitive flow of requirements compared to earlier versions; and, centralized construction requirements in a single chapter.

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Bayshore Concrete commits to $4 million flagship plant, harbor upgrade

In conjunction with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bayshore Concrete Products has announced expansion of its Cape Charles headquarters operation, along with infrastructure improvements in the harbor connecting the site to the Chesapeake Bay. The $4 million undertaking was subject to competition with Maryland, New York and New Jersey, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership working with Cape Charles and Northampton County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Northampton County and Cape Charles with the project.

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Martin Marietta Materials + Texas Industries

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. and Texas Industries, Inc. announced in late January their boards’ unanimous approval of a definitive merger agreement under which Martin Marietta will acquire all outstanding shares of TXI common stock in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. Based at existing Raleigh, N.C., headquarters and operating under the Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. banner, the combined entity will create a market-leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with low-cost, vertically integrated aggregate and targeted cement operations.

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Hess propels world leader in leader in product machinery

A merger of Burbach, Germany-based Hess Group, spanning namesake block & paver plus Schlosser-Pfeiffer pipe & precast machinery, and Top-Werk GmbH, parent of German peers SR-Schindler (concrete slab and coating) and Prinzing (pipe and drainage products), yields the world’s number one source of automated, manufactured-concrete production equipment.A merger of Burbach, Germany-based Hess Group, spanning namesake block & paver plus Schlosser-Pfeiffer pipe & precast machinery, and Top-Werk GmbH, parent of German peers SR-Schindler (concrete slab and coating) and Prinzing (pipe and drainage products), yields the world’s number one source of automated, manufactured-concrete production equipment.

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