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Emissions Reduction challenge funds Solidia, CarbonCure expansion

Two leading developers of carbon dioxide-based processes for concrete production, curing and portland cement substitution or optimization are among four entities advancing to Innovative Carbon Use, round two of Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) $35 million international ERA Grand Challenge.

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Cemex USA leaves nothing to chance in headquarters materials specs

The new home of 200-plus Cemex USA headquarters staff is designed to tell the story of company products through the use and display of concrete, cement and aggregate. Lending an industrial feel, effects include polished concrete hallway floors, cement-based wall tile treatments and handrails fabricated from rebar, which is also used as a circular ring bearing video monitors in the facility’s Customer Experience Center.

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HeidelbergCement upbeat on 2017 outlook amid key-market strength, Italcementi gains

Completion of a $4 billion merger involving Essroc Cement Corp. and sister Italcementi S.p.A. businesses, improved financials and credit ratings, plus declining energy costs, support especially positive investor guidance for the parent company of Lehigh Hanson, Inc. “2016 was an exceptional year,” affirms HeidelbergCement AG Chairman Dr. Bernd Scheifele. “With the successful takeover of Italcementi, we have accelerated our growth and are now in an excellent strategic position.”

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Oldcastle caps record precast pavement contract for Los Angeles freeway

Oldcastle Precast’s Fontana, Calif., operation was set to close by this month the Interstate 210/Foothill Freeway Pavement and Slab Replacement Project precast schedule. Over an April 2016–March 2017 window, the producer fabricated 6,500 precast slabs, 12.5-ft. wide x 11.33-ft. long, to replace 9.7 miles of deteriorated, mainline pavement north of Los Angeles.

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Tempered sales no hindrance to LafargeHolcim profit growth

During its first full calendar year, LafargeHolcim Ltd. reported lower U.S., Canadian and worldwide cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete shipments against prior year levels, but paced financial and operating benchmarks outlined upon the July 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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