Vulcan Seeks to Expand Georgia Quarry

Vulcan Materials Co.’s quarry in Flowery Branch, Ga., is seeking to grow by nearly 30 acres. The company wants to add property off Friendship and Hog Mountain roads, which surround the quarry at 4195 Friendship Road, along with Blackjack Road. Two parcels being leased to residents will remain occupied, while remaining parcels are vacant, according to city documents, said The…

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Pacific Northwest Not Built For Heat

July 1, 2021 – Very interesting story on Wired. On Sunday, as temperatures hit 105, the concrete beneath State Route 544 outside Everson, Wash., began to do what concrete does when it gets really hot: It expanded. By 5 p.m., the asphalt above it had softened and cracked, leaving a thick, humped seam across two lanes. To the south, in Portland, Ore., a road on the…

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Condo Collapse Tragedy

June 29, 2021 – The tragic collapse of a condo complex in Florida once again shines a harsh light on the issue of infrastructure. This time, the concrete infrastructure of buildings. Per CNN, engineers who have reviewed the available information about the tower’s collapse say the investigation into its cause should focus on potential failures near the base of the building. Sinisa…

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Construction School Could Build Opportunity

May 14, 2021 – Well, it seems like a good idea on the surface. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced plans to build an inner city construction school that includes a working concrete and asphalt plant. The project would be built around East 79th Street along the “Opportunity Corridor” that connects Interstates 490 and 77 to University Circle. The school would include a…

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Summit Materials Aggregates Volumes Rise 20.7%

Summit Materials Inc. announced results for the first quarter 2021, reporting that net revenue increased $56.1 million, or 16.4% in the first quarter of 2021 to $398.5 million, compared to $342.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, on higher aggregates, ready-mix concrete, cement, asphalt and paving revenue relative to a year ago on strong demand in most markets.

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U.S. Concrete Aggregates Product Revenue an All-Time High

U.S. Concrete Inc. announced results for the quarter ended March 31, noting consolidated revenue was $285.7 million, a decrease of $48.7 million, or 14.6%, compared to the prior year first quarter, primarily as a result of lower ready-mixed concrete volumes. Aggressive cost-containment measures, operating efficiencies and growth from the aggregate products segment helped to mitigate the impact on operating income from lower revenue.

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