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Utility structures help precast shipments outpace overall 2013 construction market

NS-Precast-150Reflecting input from more than 60 producers operating 200-plus plants, the National Precast Concrete Association’s recent Precast Industry Benchmarking Survey indicates 2013 shipments increased 5.2 percent over the prior year, to $16.2 billion—encompassing an estimated 33 million yd. of concrete output and 11 million tons of cement consumption.

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Ready mixed producers confirm positive market outlook

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s premier Producer Confidence Index, based on results of a 75-member survey, indicates favorable sentiments on current economic conditions and positive view of future business prospects. The survey uses 2006, the best year for ready mixed concrete production and financial performance on record, as a baseline for a 100-point positive Index.

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MIT researchers model stronger cement on theory behind Corning Gorilla Glass

NS-Gorilla-150Borrowing from a “rigidity theory” that led Corning Inc. engineers to the high-performance Gorilla Glass, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub is studying potential portland cement reformulation aimed at higher fracture resistance than current ASTM C 150 product.

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Cost index: Gulf Coast harbors strongest cement, concrete pricing supports

The latest Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) from El Segundo, Calif.-based IHS Inc. finds cement and concrete markets well supplied nationally, but with pockets of tightness developing—none more so than along the Gulf Coast, where delivery issues and labor constraints are driving price increases.

 

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Modular RR crossing system arrives at Hanson

CAPTION: The Premier is equal to Copper E80 loading and cast with 7,000-psi concrete.Hanson Pipe & Precast is producing Premier Railroad Crossing, a precast, reinforced concrete system that allows for smooth roadway crossings over railroad tracks, its installation and life cycle faster and longer than alternative styles.

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