White cement, slag mix doubles High Concrete panels' solar reflectance

Denver-based High Concrete Group has introduced a mix design that is said to significantly improve the heat reflectance of precast concrete surfaces, causing them to stay cooler by reversing the urban heat island effect. The mix imparts a solar reflective index (SRI) of 82 in finished products, nearly double that of the company’s conventional gray concrete mixes.

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Cemex to cut 2,800 jobs worldwide by year's end

Mexico-based construction materials giant Cemex is planning to cut 6.0% of its workforce worldwide as part of a wider reorganization. Reuters reported the world's third-largest cement maker said it hopes to generate $400 million in additional cash flow by the end of 2012 through cutting costs and improving underperforming businesses. The company employs about 46,500 people across the globe and is seeking cost savings of about $260 million this year.

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New edition of Innovations in Portland Cement Manufacturing addresses today’s challenges

The new edition of Portland Cement Association's Innovations in Portland Cement Manufacturing was released during the 2011 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, May 22-25, in St. Louis, Mo. The fully revised second edition highlights the complex challenges facing cement manufacturers in today’s regulatory and manufacturing arenas.

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$225,000 EPA grant moves recycled glass cement substitute toward market

On the heels of research detailed in its “Value-Added Use of Milled Mixed-Color Waste Glass as a Supplementary Cementitious Material in Environmentally Friendly and Energy-Efficient Concrete Building Construction” report, Lansing, Mich.-based Technova Corp. is among 10 recipients sharing $2.25 million in grants under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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