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Dryvit tests insulated brick, EIFS, ICF synergies in Nudura deal

Expanding its scope of energy-efficient building solutions for commercial and residential markets, leading Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) manufacturer Dryvit Systems Inc., West Warwick, R.I., has acquired Nudura Corp., a key insulating concrete form manufacturer and distributor. Ontario-based Nudura will be a stand-alone unit of Dryvit, which along with EIFS has developed NewBrick, an insulated clay brick-styled veneer product. Both businesses are part of RPM Specialty Products, one of three groups under Medina, Ohio-based RPM International—parent of admixture producer Euclid Chemical (Industrial Products).

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Boral transforms sub-grade ash to performance, lightweight aggregate

Atlanta-based Boral Resources, the leader in concrete-grade fly ash marketing, has secured U.S. commercialization rights for processing ceramic lightweight aggregate from high carbon residuals generated at coal-fired power stations or impounded at their sites or designated landfills.

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Craftsmanship, gamesmanship prevail at Solomon Colors Fair

Some of the top artisans, cement masons and contractors who have helped drive concrete finishes and elements deeper into architecture, hardscapes and interiors over the past two decades convened last month for the Solomon Colors 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair. Staged near the host’s Springfield, Ill., headquarters, the three-day event spanned pattern stamping of integrally colored mixes; slab staining and finishing techniques; vertical surface carving and molding; and, countertop and outdoor fire table casting—all showcasing namesake, Brickform and Ultra Fiber brands.

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Contractors challenged to pace bids with labor, material cost increases

Prices for goods and services used in construction climbed 6.2 percent over the past year and are intensifying a cost squeeze on contractors coping with widespread labor shortages, according to an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of new Labor Department data, including Producer Price Index (PPI) figures tracking an August 2017–2018 trajectory.

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Petrographers offer quick study on pinpointing slab, structure defects

A new white paper shows how petrographic examination identifies the root cause of common deficiencies and degradation mechanisms in hardened concrete, from low compressive strength, surface scaling or spalling to cracking and alkali-aggregate or chemical reactions. Available free of charge, “The Concreting Process and Petrographic Examination,” is primarily for cast-in-place concrete but offers content applicable to precast as well, and suits engineers, architects, contractors, producers, agencies and building owners.

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