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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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SEFA OUTLINES MAJOR ASH PROCESSING INVESTMENT

Scheduled International Concrete Sustainability Conference speakers include Hank Keiper of the SEFA Group, who will present “The Future of Fly Ash is Under Our Feet,” during the May 12-14 event in Boston. He will discuss the dwindling availability of coal fly ash suitable for use as supplementary cementitious material in the U.S. due to environmental regulations and market factors. To ensure a future supply of high-quality, Class F fly ash, SEFA Group has modified its proprietary thermal beneficiation process to accept fly ash reclaimed from disposal sites, including both landfills and settling ponds. The adaptation of a proven technology will create a consistent supply of premium fly ash, prevent future disposal of material initially below ASTM C618 grade, and offer existing site
remediation solutions.

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Bayshore Concrete commits to $4 million flagship plant, harbor upgrade

In conjunction with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bayshore Concrete Products has announced expansion of its Cape Charles headquarters operation, along with infrastructure improvements in the harbor connecting the site to the Chesapeake Bay. The $4 million undertaking was subject to competition with Maryland, New York and New Jersey, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership working with Cape Charles and Northampton County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Northampton County and Cape Charles with the project.

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ACI Committee 318 reorganizes Building Code around designs’ structural members

American Concrete Institute ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural ConcreteAmerican Concrete Institute is finalizing ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, announcing at World of Concrete 2014 the streamlined document’s new orientation to engineers; more intuitive flow of requirements compared to earlier versions; and, centralized construction requirements in a single chapter.

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Martin Marietta Materials + Texas Industries

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. and Texas Industries, Inc. announced in late January their boards’ unanimous approval of a definitive merger agreement under which Martin Marietta will acquire all outstanding shares of TXI common stock in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. Based at existing Raleigh, N.C., headquarters and operating under the Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. banner, the combined entity will create a market-leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with low-cost, vertically integrated aggregate and targeted cement operations.

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