July 30, 2021
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Sources say Waste Management, Holcim and HeidelbergCement are looking at purchasing the fly ash unit of Boral. The fly ash business could be valued at more than $1 billion, according to the unnamed sources.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/29) 
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Lafarge Canada has installed carbon-capture technology from Svante for a pilot project in Richmond, British Columbia. The equipment, along with alternative fuels, will help Lafarge create the world's first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse carbon dioxide from a cement plant.
Full Story: ConstructConnect (7/30) 
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Crews are replacing wooden decking with concrete slabs on Beverly Bridge, which crosses the Columbia River in Washington state. "The dual benefit is no longer will we have heavily creosote-treated materials leaching into the Columbia River," said Adam Fulton, project manager for Washington State Parks.
Full Story: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Haus of Reid, a custom furniture and interiors shop in Sparks, Nev., self-fabricates glass fiber-reinforced concrete for residential interior structures. In-house fabrication allows the company to avoid supply chain issues as well as the skyrocketing cost of traditional materials.
Full Story: Northern Nevada Business Weekly (Reno) (7/30) 
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GCC has announced plans to invest up to $500 million in its cement business. GCC plans to make the investments over the next three years in Mexico and the US to address capacity constraints.
Full Story: Global Cement (7/30) 
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Pay-fors in the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure plan include $205 billion in unspent pandemic relief funds, $87 billion from spectrum auctions for 5G services, $53 billion in unemployment insurance aid and $49 billion from delaying a Medicare rebate rule, according to a Republican summary of the plan. The plan would also reinstate a tax on chemical manufacturers and would crack down on a tax enforcement for cryptocurrencies.
Full Story: The Associated Press (7/29) 
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