Charles Machemehl Dies; Worked for Vulcan, PCA, GCMA

Brigadier General (USAF, ANG) Charles Albert Machemehl Jr., 87, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., died on Jan. 9 as a result of the Covid virus.  He was born in Houston, and he was awarded a full scholarship to play football for The University of Texas Longhorns. He played varsity football, completed ROTC and graduated with a B.S. degree in civil engineering.…

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PCA Announces 2022 Focus at World of Concrete

Portland Cement Association (PCA) President and CEO Mike Ireland, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan and Senior Vice President of Sustainability Rick Bohan unveiled the near-term goals and 2022 focus for the cement and concrete industry’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, a plan to make the entire value chain carbon neutral by 2050, at the 2022 World of Concrete…

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Ed Sullivan Speaks

June 8, 2021 – Today at World of Concrete, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan gave the industry three scenarios for cement consumption based on 1) the chances of no infrastructure bill; 2) the American jobs plan at face value; and 3) the American Jobs Plan with a compromise. He then presented a weighted average. The weighted average is 2021:…

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House Passes Highway Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 363-64 to pass a six-year, nearly $325 billion highway and transit bill after a contentious vetting of proposed amendments and an intense debate about federal gas taxes. The measure must now be reconciled with the Senate version of the bill.

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PCA’s Sullivan Addresses Oil Impact on Construction

The falling cost of oil will not just impact consumers at the pump, but will lead to an impact on construction in the United States, according to Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Group Vice President Edward J. Sullivan. Along with low oil prices that are beneficial to U.S. economic growth and an expected 20 to 30 basis points added to real…

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Congressional Action Needed for Proper Water Safeguards

By Mark S. Kuhar Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) has introduced “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (H.R. 5078). This bipartisan legislation establishes safeguards that preserve important federal-state partnerships in protecting our nation’s waterways.

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