Concrete Products is the leading source for Concrete Plants, Concrete Mixers, Precast, and Ready Mix news.

Commercial-scale CO2 capture operation set for Capitol Aggregates mill

Construction at Capitol Aggregates' cement mill outside San Antonio, Texas, is nearing on a facility to capture 83,000 tons of carbon dioxide and offset an additional 220,000 tons of the gas annually once the equipment is operational in 2014. Skyonic's electrolytic carbon capture technology, SkyMine, will selectively remove CO2, acid gases and heavy metals emitted from the cement plant's flue gas streams and recycle it into hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate and other byproducts.

Read more: Commercial-scale CO2 capture operation set for Capitol Aggregates mill

Cement consumption forecast adjusted favorably for second time in 2012

With the first half of 2012 experiencing favorable weather conditions, gains in residential and nonresidential construction activity and robust gains in cement intensities, the new Portland Cement Association forecast nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year. PCA revised its spring forecast upward, anticipating a 6.9 percent increase in 2012 from 2011 levels (and up from a May forecast of 3.7 percent), followed by a 5.8 percent jump in 2013, and a double-digit increase of 10.9 percent in 2014.

Read more: Cement consumption forecast adjusted favorably for second time in 2012

Oldcastle Precast gains Golden State ground in six-plant, U.S. Concrete deal

Oldcastle Precast Inc. is adding significant drainage, utility and prestressed production capacity in a $21.5 million asset transaction spanning much of U.S. Concrete Precast’s California businesses: Central Precast Concrete, San Diego Precast Concrete and Sierra Precast Inc.

Read more: Oldcastle Precast gains Golden State ground in six-plant, U.S. Concrete deal

Cement industry reinforces case for new EPA emissions rule, compliance target

A recently proposed standard for particulate matter (PM) will allow cement operators to develop new compliance strategies to address it and other emissions-reduction measures, and potentially see fewer plants shuttered due to cost-benefit factors, according to statements at an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Arlington, Texas.

Read more: Cement industry reinforces case for new EPA emissions rule, compliance target

Contractor aces concrete pavement promotion in working design center

An ambitious sequence of in-service concrete pavements, including thin or ultra-thin whitetopping, pervious, pattern stamped and conventional, full-depth slabs, was unveiled during a late-July dedication of the Rabine Group headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

Read more: Contractor aces concrete pavement promotion in working design center