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Public construction spending drop compels full-year forecast revisions

Analyzing construction spending levels from the first half of 2017, Associated General Contractors of America officials find significant declines in public-sector investment at a time when much of the nation’s infrastructure is deteriorating due to age or overuse.

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Teamsters leverage Seattle market strength in contract settling CalPortland strike

Members of Teamsters Local 174 in Tukwila, Wash., approved a four-year contract last month with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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ASTM C09 publishes UHPC testing, RCC density and air standards

The new ASTM International C1856/C1856M–17 Standard Practice for Fabricating and Testing Specimens of Ultra-High Performance Concrete covers requisite procedures for a material increasingly specified in bridge deck closures; thin-section architectural precast concrete elements; and, high-end, decorative furnishings or components.

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Ash Grove names COO Vance to succeed CEO Sunderland

Ash Grove Cement Co. President and Chief Operating Officer J. Randall Vance has been promoted to chief executive officer. He succeeds Charles Sunderland, who is part of the part of the fourth generation of Sunderland family members to lead the majority family-owned business and will remain chairman of the board.

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Concrete Cloth developer weaves low permeability composite mat

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC has announced CC Hydro Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM), its newest product for water infrastructure, oil, gas and industrial applications. The all-in-one containment product combines the properties of the company’s Concrete Cloth GCCM with a high impermeability, chemically resistant geomembrane backing.

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