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Holcim celebrates a century of North American and global milestones

With construction materials giant Holcim Ltd., based outside Geneva, turning 100 years old this year, the company has detailed its history on its website (www.holcim.com), as well as the events that will occur around the world in connection with its Centennial celebrations.

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Oldcastle groups veneer products into Artisan collection

In the tradition of its Belgard hardscape product line, Atlanta-based Oldcastle Architectural has branded a collection of high-density, pre-finished architectural concrete masonry units whose designs reflect timeless aesthetic appeal with artisan, hand-cut appearances as Artisan Masonry Stone Veneers.

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Techo-Bloc adds ex-Rinox plant

Techo-Bloc Inc. of St-Hubert, Quebec, has acquired a Douglassville, Pa., plant to expand capacity and distribution of concrete landscape products in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets. "We will continue to seek acquisition opportunities in the U.S. and Canada, with the objective of providing [our] superior line of landscape products within a greater geographic area," says Techo-Bloc President Charles Ciccarello.

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ICPI tracks U.S. and Canadian paver sales gains

The annual Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Industry Sales Survey indicates a 2.7 percent increase in total U.S. paver sales and 7 percent increase in Canadian paver sales from 2010 to 2011. The survey reflects an approximately 79/21 split between residential and commercial/industrial market sales. Permeable pavers represented just over 5 percent of 2011 industry shipments and trended the same end use markets as conventional interlocking products.

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Federal agency data shows fly ash far from hazardous

An American Coal Ash Association-sponsored report analyzing the most up-to-date U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) information available concerning coal ash constituents concludes that the concentrations of metals in the material, with few exceptions, are below environmental screening levels for residential soils and similar in concentration to common dirt.

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