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Besser teams with ‘bio-enhanced concrete’ developer on production technology

13 Armor 150Through an agreement formalized last month, Besser Co. and Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete Tech Ltd. envision a commercial-scale production system in which proprietary additives and mix designs yield dry cast concrete whose porosity and chemistry foster plant growth. Research has demonstrated how concrete bearing ECOncrete’s mix technology can reduce the ecological footprint of urban and coastal infrastructure and mitigate climate change impacts.

 

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Contractors ramp up headcounts anticipating private, public market growth

Seventy-one percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016 as contractors expect increased activity in a range of public and private market segments, according to results of an Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction & Real Estate survey. Conducted as part of AGC’s “The Challenges Facing a Growing Industry: The 2016 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook,” the survey indicates contractors foresee a positive year despite tight labor conditions, regulatory burdens, and information technology security challenges.

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Webinar delineates RM producer, contractor responsibilities in pumping operations

In conjunction with insurance provider NBIS Inc., the American Concrete Pumping Association has produced a 55-minute webinar, posted at www.concretepumpers.com, to help ready mixed producers, concrete pumpers and contractors navigate the American Society of Mechanical Engineers “Material Placement Systems” safety standard.

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Survey finds company vision, work-life balance draw millennials to construction

An FMI Corp. report based on a national survey of nearly 400 individuals in the construction industry—half born between 1980 and 2000—contends that millennials are dedicated and loyal to their employers and, in terms of career aspirations, attitudes and goals, share similar values with Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.

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Post-EPA rule fly ash consumption eclipses pre-recession level

The volume of coal fly ash used in concrete production increased to 13.1 million tons in 2014, exceeding the 12.6 million ton utilization mark set in 2008, according to the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) “Production and Use Survey,” released in late 2015. Increases in the use of synthetic gypsum from power plant emissions control equipment also helped to push the recycling rate for all types of coal combustion products (CCP) to a record 48 percent.

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