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APR 2014

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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C O N C R E T E P R O D U C T S . C O M VOL. 117 NO. 4 Contents APRIL 2014 Concrete ® products DEPARTMENTS 4 EDITORIAL • Industry floods OSHA with negative commentary on proposed rulemaking for General Industry and Construction silica exposure levels • American Chemistry Council Silica Panel reinforces challenge to OSHA • Construction and business communities challenge Department of Labor's "persuader rule" • PCA suggests feds factor pavements into vehicle fuel economy, reduced emissions equation • Road builders concur with White House on transportation funding reauthorization • Mi-Jack programs simulator for Travelift gantry crane operators • Tornado-prone community enlists Midwest Precast, Molin for FEMA-grade shelter • Business optimism abounds at The Precast Show 2014 • NPCA projects 6 percent shipment growth • FHWA, MIT, Webcor officials lead International Concrete Sustainability Conference • NRMCA-led agreement ushers responsible sourcing certification effort • Lafarge eyes $60M prairie province precast capacity upgrade Fiber-reinforced polymer hybrid precast girders make encore appearance at Transportation Research Board meeting Elematic E9 extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization Carr Concrete streamlines sand storage for sister Sidley operation 16 NEWS SCOPE 3O BRIEFS 48 FINAL FORM April 2014 • 3 Gate Precast Co. delivered 2,431 precast pieces to the over 300,000-sq.-ft. Camp Shelby Army Oper- ational Readiness Training Complex in Mississippi. As 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman, Gate Construction Materials President and COO Dean Gwin discusses high performance marketing, business prospects and the industry's spirited challenge to OSHA's proposed revision of respirable crystalline silica exposure levels. 6 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 44 INNOVATIONS COVER STORY, P. 34 CONEXPO-CON/AGG REPORT, P. 18 CATALINA PACIFIC FEAT, P. 16 CARR CONCRETE, P. 48 PHOTO: Gate Precast 39 TECHNICAL TALK 42 INNOVATIONS REPORT 46 MARKETPLACE CLASSIFIEDS Concrete Products April 2014.indd 3 4/1/2014 11:38:24 AM

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