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Precast methods to maintain lead in growing sound wall sector

16 Wall 150Rural and suburban residential and commercial development, especially in close proximity to highways, will sustain demand for outdoor noise barriers in the U.S., where annual growth through 2019 is forecast to rise 3.7 percent, to 9.5 million square feet. Outdoor Noise Barriers, a five-year outlook from Cleveland market researcher The Freedonia Group, finds highways accounting for the vast majority of installations, and concrete structures holding a commanding 92 percent share against plastic, metal and wood product alternatives.

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Allied Concrete readies 1951 Ford-mounted Rex mixer for 2016 CIM Auction

15 CIM 150While most craftsmen who restore vintage concrete mixers might loan their eye-catching iron works for the right promotion or event, Dean Leaman of Texas-based Allied Concrete Materials is dispatching his prized vehicle for good—to Las Vegas, where it will be a centerpiece of the Concrete Industry Management Auction and the keys are handed to the highest bidder.

 

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Industry questions proposed ICC committee chartered to facilitate taller wood buildings

The American Wood Council (AWC) has requested that the International Code Council establish the Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, which would investigate the feasibility of cross laminated timber and structural composite lumber for construction exceeding current International Building Code height limitations.

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Vintage Oshkosh frames General Tire’s banner year

14 GTii 150Continental Tire North America is marking the centennial anniversary of its truck and automotive market brand General Tire with a themed black & white banner borrowing from a vintage magazine ad’s colored drawing. With the backdrop of the Hoover Dam, whose early 1930s construction saw placement of 3 million yards, the campaign centerpiece is a reminder of the load limits ready mixed producers faced in the pre-war era—tires, wheels, engines, chassis, drums and all.

 

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Solida Technologies Addresses Cement Forum

Solidia Technologies was showcased as a visionary leader advancing sustainable solutions for industry during the annual Cement Industry Suppliers’ Forum (CSIF), a United Kingdom gathering of frontrunners in the sector. The company’s presentation included results of multiple tests of Solidia Cement-based concrete that demonstrated the performance, properties and added value associated with the technology, including its impact on reducing the carbon footprint across the supply chain and in finished slabs or structures.

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