Company Seeks to Grow Cement

By Mark S. Kuhar The only company in the world using biology to commercially produce cement, Biomason, employs natural microorganisms to grow biocement in ambient temperatures without emitting carbon dioxide.  Yes, you heard that right. Laboratory grown cement. Its patented biocement technology mimics nature’s use of carbon as a building block, creating cement in a biological, circular system, rather than…

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AGG1 Hit It Out of the Park

AGG1 was held March 29-31 in Nashville, and the show hit it out of the park. More than 11,000 aggregates and asphalt-paving professionals filled the sold-out Music City Center exhibition floor. It was good to see everyone in person again. Congratulations to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association for a great convention that preceded the show; and for its…

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California Recycling Bill Advances

April 22, 2022 – CalCIMA’s Construction Material Recycling Bill Passed its First Committee Without Opposition. CalCIMA’s Charley Rea and several member companies testified on behalf of  Assemblymember Rudy Salas’ AB 2953 promoting increased recycling of construction materials in pavements at the local level. The legislation would both decrease pavement costs and carbon emissions for pavements statewide. As the Assemblyman pointed…

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Simonson Says

April 18, 2022 – Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors economist, noted that construction input costs outpaced bid prices again in March, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The producer price index (PPI) for material and service inputs to new nonresidential construction jumped 2.7% for the month and 21.5% year-over-year (y/y). The PPI for new nonresidential building construction – a measure of the price that…

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Issues in Mexico

April 7, 2022 – According to Mexico Business News, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned business people from Sac Tun and Vulcan Materials Co. about a potential international lawsuit lest they stop resource exploitation at Calica, Quintana Roo. In 2019, Vulcan Materials requested arbitration against the Mexican government under USMCA regulations due to the revocation of its port concessions, which the…

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The Romans Built Roads to Last Thousands of Years

By Mark S. Kuhar It is estimated that the Roman road network was about 250,000 miles long, out of which about 50,000 miles were paved with stone. Like arteries, these marvelous feats of engineering ferried goods and services rapidly and safely, connecting Rome, “the capital of the world,” to the farthest stretches of the empire, and facilitated troop movements to…

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The Permitting Institute is Here

March 29, 2022 – The Permitting Institute (TPI) was formed by Alex Herrgott to strengthen the partnership between government, advocates and industry to deliver the critical infrastructure upgrades America has needed for decades across all sectors. Through the advancement of common-sense improvements TPI gets projects shovel-ready faster, saving taxpayer resources and building a large coalition of diverse entities aligned by…

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