CalPortland Closes Redding Deal

July 1, 2022 – CalPortland announced that the purchase of the Redding cement plant and other assets from Martin Marietta Materials was successfully completed on June 30. In addition to the Redding cement plant in Northern California, the assets include related cement distribution terminals and 14 ready mixed concrete plants located in California. “We are pleased to welcome the new employees…

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Solving Water Management Issues

Fines Recovery, Clarifiers, Belt And Filter Presses, Dewatering Screens, Waste Washing And More. By Mark S. Kuhar Water management is becoming more and more important for aggregates producers. That is no surprise, given the water issues prevalent in the United States, especially in the West. Lake Mead – the largest reservoir in the Colorado River Basin – is losing water…

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Just …. No!

If I had any hair to tear out, this month I would be tearing my hair out while yelling, “Just … No!” First, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that…

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It Isn’t The Office… It’s The Commute

Construction activity follows the trends in construction types. We go through secular, cyclical changes in the types of construction that developers with the money chase. Over the years, there have been booms in hotel construction that dominated many larger markets, or big box retail, or specialty high-end shopping centers, and of course, office buildings of all types. This includes low-rise…

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Renewable Lubricants Offers Bio-Vacuum Pump Oil

Renewable Lubricants now offers its patented Bio-Vacuum Pump Oil, an ultimately biodegradable biosynthetic formula developed specifically for use in vacuum pumps. In addition to increased performance relative to mineral oil-based products, these bio-based products are environmentally friendly and help companies achieve their sustainability goals.  Formulated from renewable agricultural biobased resources, they are non-toxic, zinc-free formulations contain no heavy metals. A…

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Highway Construction Costs Jumped At Least 7.3% in 2021

The Federal Highway Administration released the last highway construction cost inflation data for calendar year 2021, and the 12-month average of the National Highway Cost Construction Index (NHCCI) was 7.3% higher than the 12-month average for calendar year 2020, according to an analysis from the ENO Center. A 7.3% per year sustained cost increase has the potential to be devastating –…

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Monitor Tanks, Pressure and Truckloads With BinCloud

BinCloud from BinMaster takes your inventory in bins, tanks, or silos and organizes it in one simple software. It does away with climbing vessels, manual measurements, and spreadsheets. Instead, get one log in to view current levels, place orders, and generate reports. New features in BinCloud make inventory management increasingly easier, intuitive and convenient. PropaneView enables LNG and NH3 tank…

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BKT Launches FL-695 Tire for Trailers

Within a company’s fleet, trailers play an essential role. Their tough task is to carry heavier and heavier loads on different terrains – on or off the road. Choosing the specific tires to fit trailers in a way that enhances the latter’s performance, increasing production efficiency, is obviously a crucial factor.  As an attentive market observer, BKT has targeted users’…

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