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Quartz, binders make good recipe for Rugged Concrete counter

Los Angeles-based quartz surface specialist Caesarstone USA Inc. has added a never-before-seen finish to its Classico collection. Rugged Concrete presents what product developers call “a medium gray base camouflaged by billows of white with a masculine energy that exudes confidence, competence and fortitude.”

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Louisiana ash terminal joins Charah MultiSource Network

Top independent coal ash processor and marketer Charah LLC has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other customers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is the second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Alabama accounts.

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Contractors, CIM formed-surface research: Mockups best ACI 347 criteria

Researchers evaluating the American Concrete Institute’s Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces (ACI 347.3R-13) contend that a) suggested measurements or other criteria used in assigning a given formed surface to one of the document’s four categories is neither objective nor practical; b) converting ACI 347.3R-13 recommendations to specification requirements could result in disputes and litigation; and, c) preparation of concrete mockups for architect or engineer approval is superior to guide methodologies.

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Inaugural Commercial Construction Index highlights sector strength

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the industry trajectory, according to the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which premiered last month and is based on research from Dodge Data & Analytics in New York. Nearly all contractors surveyed expect revenues from commercial and institutional work to grow or remain stable this year compared to 2016, with 40 percent expecting an increase and only 3 percent expecting a decrease in volume.

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Deere deep in paving equipment with Wirtgen deal

Deere & Co. will significantly expand its construction equipment market stake with a $5.2 billion acquisition of Germany’s Wirtgen Group, projected to close later this year. Wirtgen encompasses namesake concrete paving equipment plus five other brands of milling, processing, mixing, paving, compaction and rehabilitation machines and tools deployed throughout road work and aggregates production: Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, Benninghoven and Ciber.

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