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PHILLIPS ASSETS GROW SILVI’S N.J. PRESENCE

Eyeing integration with its Riverside cement, Sahara sand and Gibraltar crushed stone businesses in New Jersey, Silvi Group Cos. has closed Phillips Concrete Cos. asset transactions netting an East Newark masonry supply yard and Union Township block plant; Franklin Township and Hillsborough ready mixed operations; plus, fleet and plant equipment.

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Tornado-prone community enlists Midwest Precast, Molin for FEMA-grade shelter

Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale, Iowa, is constructed with precast wall panels and hollow core roof plank,Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale, Iowa, is constructed with precast wall panels and hollow core roof plank, and has a Federal Emergency Management Agency-rated, 4,500-sq.-ft. safe room designed to withstand 250-mph wind forces and structural impacts. The project, however, had some difficulty coming to fruition. In fact, it first began as an ordinary park shelter among the 75-acre Walker Johnston Park—on a proposed budget that was half of what its community center program required.

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NPCA PROJECTS 6 PERCENT SHIPMENT GROWTH AS PUBLIC WORKS MARKET INCHES BACK

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, National Precast Concrete Association sees U.S. producers’ business increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Illinois, Maryland, Virginia tops in LEED-certified space

The U.S. Green Building Council released its Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, highlighting the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation.

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