CalPortland Adds Mill, Distribution System to Oro Grande Plant

CalPortland announced the commissioning of a new finish cement grinding mill and distribution system at its Oro Grande, Calif., cement plant. The project is the culmination of the partial plant modernization program that was originally completed in 2008, prior to the acquisition of the facility by CalPortland from Martin Marietta Materials in 2015. 

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PCA Praises LCCA Bipartisan Legislation

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturer’s, lauded the Preserving America’s Infrastructure Dollars (PAID) Act, H.R. 1375. The bipartisan legislation would require states to conduct a life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) on federal-aid road projects over $30 million.

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Cemex Ventures, Tekfen Ventures Sign Collaboration Agreement

Cemex Ventures announced that it signed a collaboration agreement with Tekfen Ventures, the investment fund of Tekfen, a Turkish industrial conglomerate working in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and real estate sectors. Both companies agreed to develop synergies between the parties to innovate the construction industry.

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Cement Association of Canada Responds to British Columbia’s Approval of EMTC

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) expresses surprise at the announcement by the British Columbia government that they would bypass the ongoing 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) processes and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12 stories. The Building Code review process is not yet complete. Of greatest concern, especially in the context of high seismic zones in BC, is that there are, as of yet, no approved seismic design specifications for 12-story, cross-laminated timber buildings in the 2020 NBCC. These discussions are currently ongoing and recommendations will not be approved until later this year.

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