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NPCA PROJECTS 6 PERCENT SHIPMENT GROWTH AS PUBLIC WORKS MARKET INCHES BACK

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, National Precast Concrete Association sees U.S. producers’ business increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Delaware Valley deploys Pennsylvania’s first CNG-fueled mixer

Delaware Valley deploys Pennsylvania’s first CNG-fueled mixerDelaware Valley Concrete Co. (DVC) kicked off 2014 dispatching its premier compressed natural gas-powered mixer, an Oshkosh S-Series front discharge model converted from diesel as part of the manufacturer’s new glider program.

Based in Hatboro, Pa., northwest of Philadelphia, DVC is the first concrete company running a CNG mixer in Pennsylvania and Delaware. “As a fuel, CNG has plenty to offer. Not only is it cheaper to produce than diesel, it also burns much cleaner,” says DVC President Mario Diliberto. “We are reducing our carbon footprint in the industry and fueling costs as well.

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Concrete Industry Management Program auction grosses $800K+

Assembling at the close of bidding for the Granite-mounted McNeilus mixer are (from left) CIM Executive Director Eugene Martineau; Mack Trucks President Stephen Roy; U.S. Concrete Vice President, Sales & Marketing Wally Johnson and CEO William Sandbrook; and, Auction Chair and Cemex Vice President, Market Development Mike Philipps.With confirmed live, online and silent bids exceeding $810,000, the Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee reports that the 2014 World of Concrete Auction bested last year’s record gross by nearly $200,000.

“We had a record in terms of the value of donated items and auction attendees that helped make this year’s event a huge success,” notes Cemex’s Mike Philipps, who chaired the committee organizing the Las Vegas Convention Center-staged, January 22 fundraiser. “Everyone stepped up to donate and bid on great items.”

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Residential market upturn fuels near-double digit gains for fiber cement

PHOTO: Jeff Locke, Nichiha USA, Inc.Demand in the U.S. for fiber cement products is forecast to rise 8.5 percent annually through 2017 to 2.9 billion square feet—valued at $2.2 billion—according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. “Advances will be driven by a rebound in residential building construction spending, particularly in the new housing segment,” states Matt Zielenski, an analyst with The Freedonia Group. Growth will be further spurred by increasing use of fiber cement products because of their favorable aesthetic and performance properties. These and other trends are presented in Fiber Cement.

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