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Montreal-based McInnis Cement has appointed as president and chief executive officer Hervé Mallet, whose industrial sector tenure spans sales, marketing and operations management. Most recently, he oversaw eight production facilities as executive vice president – North America for Charlotte, N.C.-based die cast and metal injection molding specialist Dynacast International.

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. enters the new year on track to unload a major non-core U.S. asset: the Rinker Materials concrete pipe and precast business. Under a definitive, late-2016 agreement, the producer will sell the entity to Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings Inc. for about $500 million, plus an additional $40 million depending on future performance.

BASF Admixture Systems has formulated the integral MasterLife AMA 100 admixture to protect concrete structures from biodeterioration by destroying bacteria and micro-organisms that cause microbial-induced corrosion upon contact through an electrophysical mechanism. Sewage or wastewater exposure and subsequent reactions can cause premature deterioration in concrete pipes, manholes and other conveyance or drainage structures, resulting in increased maintenance and life-cycle costs plus compromised aesthetic appearance.

Oldcastle Precast, civil engineering and consulting firm French Development Enterprises LLC, and Woburn, Mass.-based GEI Consultants have successfully constructed and assembled the first prototype “French Dam,” a modular precast impoundment for construction and retrofit of hydroelectric dams, water control systems and power houses.

A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub), Critical Issues When Comparing Whole Building and Building Product Environmental Performance, addresses key concepts in quantifying the environmental impact of buildings and products comprising them. It also makes recommendations for current and future building practices using life cycle assessment (LCA), and offers suggestions for research to advance future study and practice.