Federal Spending on Bridge Repairs Only a Stopgap

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced  a $232 million relief fund to repair roads and bridges damaged by winter storms. While this is a positive step, long-term federal funding to mend our nation’s crumbling national infrastructure is still desperately needed. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief program will move forward on allocating funds to 26 states that have recently experienced damaged…

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Ash Grove Cement Director Honored for ASTM International Contributions

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Gregory S. Barger, technical center director at Overland Park, Kan.-based Ash Grove Cement Co., received the Bryant Mather Award from ASTM International Committee C01 on Cement. The committee honored Barger for his overall outstanding contributions to the development and continuing improvement of C01 standards and the advancement of knowledge related to portland and blended cements. Barger, who joined ASTM in 1988, was…

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Holcim 2014 Cement Volumes Up

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In the financial year 2014, Holcim’s cement volumes exceeded the previous year’s level, backed by a stronger economy in North America and growth momentum in some emerging markets such as India, the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico offsetting a challenging situation in Latin America. Consolidated cement sales were up 1.0 percent to 140 million tonnes, a like-for-like increase of 1.4 percent. Holcim increased…

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McInnis Cement Submits Project to Additional Conditions

McInnis Cement welcomed the Quebec government’s decision to draft legislation confirming that its Port-Daniel–Gascons’ project is not subject to the environmental assessment process. The company is confident that Bill 37 will dispel the uncertainty surrounding the project and will help in maintaining jobs. The proposed cement plant will create approximately 2,300 jobs per year during construction, including 700 on site.…

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