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Elite engineer validates foundation, beam, column, slab embodied carbon

A seven-year survey of 600-plus buildings by global engineer Thornton Tomasetti assesses materials, structural components and facility types with the highest embodied carbon, and cites a market-driven trend toward increased use of supplementary cementitious materials and recycled steel as the largest driver of a reduction in that metric.

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Shark Tank star circles robotics-enabled rebar cage fabrication venture

A Brooklyn, N.Y. startup using robotics and automation to optimize rebar fabrication has raised $3 million in seed funding to expand its team and further develop its technology. Toggle’s goal is to double steel shop labor productivity and increase cage production five-fold over traditional assembly methods.

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Trucking data giant ranks risky road times, driver behavior patterns

Data from the past 12 months culled by onboard Drive Cam technology developer Lytx finds truck drivers encountering the highest rate of collisions on Thursdays and, in year-over-year terms, reducing rates of drowsy driving but increasing instances of cell phone use and failure to wear seat belts.

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Cemex expedites aggregate ordering, delivery via Quarry Link app

Following a successful pilot of order loading and tracking at the FEC Quarry outside Miami, Cemex USA is rolling out a major extension of its Go mobile technology platform, launched in 2017 for concrete accounts with an eye to digital transformation of the heavy building materials business. Measured against current methods, the Go Quarry Link app enables customers to receive aggregate orders with greater efficiency and provides real-time truck monitoring plus better product visibility and loadout processes.

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Continental Mixers integrates Kimble Mfg. concrete division

Kentucky-based Continental Mixers Solutions, LLC has closed on the concrete mixer division of Kimble Manufacturing Co., and executed a transition plan to continue uninterrupted production of the brand’s rear discharge trucks.

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Continental Mixer announced the Kimble deal last month, just ahead of showcasing its expanded truck portfolio at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s National Mixer Driver Championship and ConcreteWorks exhibit in Florida. PHOTOS: Concrete Products
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“Kimble manufactures products to perform at the highest levels in challenging operator environments,” says Frank Busicchia, president of Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings, of which Continental is a part. “They are an ideal fit with Continental as both brands have an exceptionally strong focus on manufacturing quality products and growing loyal customer relationships.”

“This acquisition will allow us to gain market share and enhance the level of service we provide customers,” he adds. “With Continental being an operator-owned and -led company, Kimble customers will now have access to the entire team, right up to the leadership. Together, we will build lasting customer, vendor and employee relationships, [and] combine our manufacturing processes, technologies and supply chain resources to elevate product quality even higher.”

Kimble is based in New Philadelphia, Ohio, near Akron, where it has designed, fabricated and assembled rear discharge mixers since 1994.