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The PCA has released its Cement Consumption and Construction Activity Outlook for Spring 2021.

PCA | April 12, 2021

Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group's Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan as of late introduced their yearly Spring concrete utilization figure, foreseeing an increment in concrete utilization for 2021 and 2022.

"Remarkably, U.S. cement consumption recorded 2% growth during 2020. It is remarkable because COVID-19 exerted a terrible toll on the economy. Consumers bunkered down; states enacted rigid lockdowns. Real GDP declined to a rate not matched since 1946 as the economy transitioned from war time to peace time," said Sullivan. "Nearly 9.5 million fewer jobs now exist compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. Many businesses did not survive the threat.  And yet through all of this, cement consumption grew."

Sullivan noted while significant tempests brought about a frail 2021 beginning, almost certainly, concrete utilization development will coordinate or surpass 2020's exhibition. Record low home loan rates have provoked solid additions in 2020 single family development. The low rates are required to stay set up through 2021, bringing about additional solid interest for concrete utilization. Nonresidential decays are required to proceed with this year and next, however the drag on by and large development is relied upon to reduce. Furthermore, as oil costs rise, oil well concrete will increment too.

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Adding Multimedia Audubon Engineering Company Awarded Major Contract for Engineering and Procurement Services of Shell’s Mars Corridor Assets

Audubon Engineering Company LP | June 08, 2022

Audubon Engineering Company LP (Audubon), a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction, and fabrication services, has entered a three-year contract with Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Shell plc, to provide brownfield engineering and procurement (EP) services support for Shell’s Mars Corridor. The contract, which comes with two one-year options to extend, covers some of Shell’s offshore assets in the US Gulf of Mexico, including its Mars, Olympus, Ursa, and Vito tension leg platforms. The water depths for this deep-water portfolio range from approximately 3,000 to 4,000 feet (914 to 1,200 meters). The contract scope spans topside engineering and procurement services, encompassing single-well subsea tiebacks; crane, lifeboat, and HVAC replacements; controls, firewater system, and utility upgrades; gas-lift installation; and prefabricated skid packages. Audubon’s strong local operating centers in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, will execute the contract. This agreement continues the company’s track record of successfully delivering integrated engineering and technical services for Shell. We’re delighted that Shell has selected Audubon to be its contractor for these assets. We are committed to driving value and efficiency for Shell to further enhance and extend productivity across its assets in the Mars Corridor.” Ryan Hanemann, president of Audubon Engineering Company “Audubon is proud of our accomplishments in the GOM region, and this contract award further positions our business for growth and continued delivery in the area,” he added. About Audubon Engineering Company LP Founded in 1997, Audubon Engineering Company LP is a leading provider of integrated engineering, construction, fabrication, and technical services. Serving the energy, power, utility, industrial, and infrastructure sectors, our end-to-end lifecycle solutions help solve our clients’ toughest challenges. Leveraging technology, ingenuity, and experience, we deliver outstanding project outcomes for a more sustainable tomorrow.

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Tractor Supply Brings Innovative Tool Engineering “Out Here” With Dremel and Bosch Power Tools

Tractor Supply | April 13, 2022

Tractor Supply Company the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States announced a partnership with the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, a global leader for power tools and power tool accessories, to add two renowned brands to its lineup. Tractor Supply now offers Dremel rotary, oscillating, and multi-saw tools, and will feature Bosch Power Tool products in nearly 1,000 locations by the end of 2022. Both brands, also available online at TractorSupply.com, expand the power tool choices for customers ensuring Tractor Supply has the right tool for the job. Dremel has been a leader in the rotary tool industry for 90 years, offering DIY customers versatile options for cutting, grinding, sanding and shaping. The initial Dremel offering at Tractor Supply include the Dremel 4300-5/40 rotary tool kit, and the Multi-Max MM50-01 and MM35-01 oscillating tool kits. Tractor Supply will also feature Dremel brand attachments, accessories and products for pet owners. Tractor Supply is also adding Bosch Power Tools to its cordless battery power systems assortment, providing customers with a unique offering that combines best-in-class engineering with easy-to-use interfaces. Bosch’s simplified battery platforms offer a variety of 12V and heavy duty 18V options for professionals. The Tractor Supply lineup includes several woodworking tools such as the 18V EC Brushless ¼- inch and ½- inch Two-in-One Bit/Socket Impact Driver, 12V Max 3/8-inch Drill/Driver, and the 5-inch Palm Random Orbit Sander/Polisher. “With a Bosch Tool, you know you’re getting a professional-grade power tool ideally suited for any project, whether it’s on the job or living Life Out Here, Our customers look to Tractor Supply for the highest-quality products in every category, making Dremel and Bosch power tools welcome additions to our tool lineup. We are excited to bring our customers Bosch’s renowned tool engineering and to get their tools in our customers’ hands.” Tony Graham, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager at Tractor Supply “Our team at Bosch Power Tools is excited to make our wide-ranging roster of tools available at such a well-known and dependable retailer like Tractor Supply,” said Josh Babcock, Vice President of Pro Channel Sales at Bosch Power Tools. “This opportunity offers us the chance to expand our reach to all those who look to Tractor Supply as a source for quality tools. We are looking forward to bringing additional tools to stores, meeting the needs of pros and DIYers across the country.” “Dremel tools at Tractor Supply Company represents an exciting arrangement that provides both DIY and consumers with access to the Dremel product line," said Collin Kendrick, Key Account Director for Dremel. "We are enthusiastic that we have widened our reach of distribution opportunities for Dremel products, especially for our customers living in rural areas where Tractor Supply Company is a legendary and trusted retailer. Both Dremel and Tractor Supply Company are known for excellent customer service and have foundations that go back over 80 years.” About Tractor Supply Company Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has been passionate about serving its unique niche, targeting the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle, for more than 80 years. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service for the Out Here lifestyle. With more than 46,000 Team Members, the Company’s physical store assets, combined with its digital capabilities, offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday low prices they deserve. At January 1, 2022, the Company operated 2,003 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states, a consumer mobile app and an e-commerce website at www.TractorSupply.com. About Robert Bosch Tool Corporation Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, the Power Tools Division of North America, was formed in January 2003 when Robert Bosch GmbH combined its North American diverse power tool and accessories businesses into one organization. As a manufacturing pioneer with more than a century’s worth of experience, the Bosch name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. Located throughout North America as part of the global power tools division, Bosch associates maintain a legacy of world-class design, manufacture and sale for power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories and measuring tools. About Bosch Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs 34,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2020. According to preliminary figures, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.1 billion in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. About Dremel Since inventing the high-speed rotary tool in 1934, the Dremel brand has been helping Makers with its full line of versatile, easy-to-use tool systems that deliver the perfect solution for almost any job. From our Dremel rotary tools, Multi-Max™ oscillating tools, Ultra-Saw™ and Saw-Max™ multi-saws, and the Idea Builder™ 3D printer, Makers have come to know and trust the brand to complete their projects. Combining compact size, ergonomic design, precision and versatility with a wide range of highly engineered accessories, Dremel tools are used to accomplish numerous applications in a variety of materials.

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Extracker raises $7 million Series A to expand Change Order platform for construction

Extracker | June 09, 2022

Extracker, the construction industry's only change order communication platform, which digitizes manual workflows and creates financial transparency between construction stakeholders, has raised $7 million in an oversubscribed Series A. Leading the round is Cloud Apps Capital Partners, joined by the construction tech veterans at Building Ventures, and follow-on investment from Jackson Square Ventures who led the Seed round in June 2021. Joining the board are Andy Stinnes, general partner at Cloud Apps Capital Partners, and Jesse Devitte, co-founder and general partner at Building Ventures. Stinnes, who led the investment round, has seen this network model first hand. Even in the challenging investment environment, he sees an exceptional opportunity in the construction technology SaaS platform. "Extracker can emerge as an industry utility in global construction, connecting all the players as the backbone for modern, mobile collaboration to unlock over $20 billion in shared value. We have personally seen this very model play out in both the supply chain and B2B payments markets and know how incredibly valuable and irreplaceable such Industry Utility SaaS companies will become." Allen Preger, Building Ventures Partner and construction technology veteran, understands the issue and opportunity after years solving construction workflows as co-founder at Newforma. "Change orders can make or break a project and put at risk the trust between contractors, owners, designers and subs. Extracker promotes a collaborative versus combative approach to change management; and has demonstrated it can sell and deliver tangible value to each stakeholder in the process. We're excited to back Cameron and the Extracker team, and we can't wait to see where they take it from here." Technology trends such as 3D design are reshaping the future of construction. With a shift towards faster, more iterative project delivery, the industry is at its breaking point with the current tools available including paper, spreadsheets, email and siloed financial software suites. The industry is still tracking 99% of over $150 billion in project Change Orders on paper, email and static spreadsheets, and Extracker is already addressing a massive pain point in commercial construction. Since its inception, they have helped contractors efficiently process and eliminate surprise costs on over $2.2 billion in Change Orders and T&M Tickets. Regardless of what financial software a Specialty Contractor, General Contractor or Owner is using internally, Extracker keeps everyone on the same page in real-time. Using their cloud-based COR Log, Subcontractors can send CORs and have them instantly appear in their General Contractor's account. Contractors now have a shared source of truth to ensure their internal forecasts align with their project partners. Extracker customers are experiencing the benefits of a centralized platform for tracking Change Orders between all project stakeholders and as a result see upwards of 95% faster time to process and close out extra work. Over the past year, they have doubled their paying customers and are proud to have built a platform that supports construction companies of all sizes and across every single trade vertical, including industry leaders like: BrandSafway (scaffolding), Conco (concrete), Performance Contracting Group (drywall), Permasteelisa (glass and glazing), NOVO (general contracting), and BuildGroup (general contracting). At Extracker, we are finding innovative ways to better equip our customers with the tools they need. With this new round of funding, we are expanding our integrations to the industry's most popular project management and accounting systems like Procore, CMiC and Sage, which seamlessly sync CORs and T&M Tags into all stakeholders' systems-of-record. Given the speed and accuracy of Change Order information being collected in our platform, we are excited about the powerful reporting and analytics engine that will harness never-before-captured data our industry leading customers are collecting about their projects." Cameron Page, founder and CEO of Extracker About Extracker Extracker's mission is to create financial transparency between commercial construction companies by reducing exposed risk and time spent tracking extra work. This is done through the industry's only Change Order Communication Platform, which supercharges extremely manual workflows and connects companies outside of their internal financial software to resolve Change Orders in real-time. Along with a collaborative cloud-based log, Extracker includes digital Time and Material Tags, standardized Change Order Templates, trackable Change Notifications, and more, to organize and streamline the process. Extracker is backed by leading enterprise application and construction technology investors Cloud Apps Capital Partners, Building Ventures, and Jackson Square Ventures.

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Lafarge Canada to Double Recycled Aggregates Volumes Through Key Partnerships

Lafarge | April 22, 2022

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Lafarge Canada Inc. is proud to announce the ambitious goal of doubling Eastern Canada Recycled Aggregates volumes by 2025 a set target to supply customers with over 2 million tonnes per year the equivalent to a train pulling 16,000 fully loaded rail cars. The use of Recycled Aggregates alone is a key component of Lafarge Canada’s journey to Net Zero, directly associated with the global demand for sustainable building solutions to support better living standards. “2021 was a record year. Having achieved a 19 per cent growth rate last year exceeding our original ambition of 15 per cent, encourages our teams to confidently work towards our 2025 Aggregates Strategy,” commented Peter Sanguineti, Vice President, Aggregates Eastern Canada. “In fact, we are already looking to accelerate this year’s growth rate, aiming at 25 per cent a 10 per cent annual prediction increase based on our ongoing projects with key partners in Eastern Canada.” Lafarge’s investment in the Recycled Aggregates portfolio is a clear example of the company’s commitment to the concept of Circular Economy, for instance, when producing Recycled Aggregates from demolition waste and returned concrete, Lafarge avoids the disposal of these materials in landfills and presents a sustainable alternative to virgin materials, which are non-renewable resources. “In addition, our high quality recycled aggregates significantly reduce the volume of virgin material to be transported by trucks over time,” commented Marie-Michèle Poirier, Manager, Environment & Land, Eastern Canada, “In order to reuse construction waste and turn it into Recycled Aggregates, we transport the waste directly to stockpiles at cities’ depots, which traditionally is a shorter distance compared to virgin material transportation from quarries to construction sites, resulting in a significant decrease in GHG emissions.” “Our objective is to follow the circular economy's three principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to build more with less and preserve our ecosystems. In that sense, our efforts are focused on expanding applications for Recycled Aggregates and raising quality and acceptance standards; and at the same time, address current barriers across Provincial and local governments,” affirms Sanguineti. “When you consider the logistics benefits of being close to the market and the need for a trusted outlet for demolition waste, we have a winning recipe.” Partnerships in Eastern Canada Over the past years, in Eastern Canada, Lafarge has supplied Recycled Aggregates to multiple projects in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Infrastructure Ontario, including Metrolinx and the most recent QEW Credit River project. In addition, lately, the company has been working with subcontractors to Mosaic’s Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to supply Recycled Aggregates in Mississauga (ON). These applications prove the versatility and high performance standards of Lafarge’s Recycled Aggregates portfolio in traditional applications. “In one of our most recent endeavors, we have been supplying multiple contractor partners performing the work for the various projects as part of the City of Toronto Basement Flooding Protection Program, The City primarily uses recycled concrete for trench backfill and bedding as part of the roadwork and their Flood Protection Program upgrades to water and wastewater in infrastructure. This proves that with proper processes and controls in place to guarantee product specifications, quality and consistency in addition to proper traceability, it can be safely utilized in a much broader and complex range of applications.” Mark Lambie, Commercial Manager, Greater Toronto Area Aggregates As part of the execution of Lafarge Eastern Canada Aggregates Strategy, the company has been also partnering with Concordia University, in Quebec, leading a study in cooperation with the City of Montreal to assess Recycled Aggregates performance in different applications. “Another exciting channel is our collaboration with different industries’ interest groups, such as Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC) and our participation in their World Circular Economy Forum last year,” highlighted Sanguineti. “Lastly, in February this year, we had the pleasure to sponsor the ‘Maximizing the use of Recycled Aggregates for roads construction in Canada’, a national workshop led by Circular Economy Leadership Canada in partnership with Circular Innovation Council. The event was a great opportunity to share information amongst various industry stakeholders and further our common understanding of the success stories and remaining barriers.” Technical and scientific studies According to Nicolas Ginouse, Technical Director, Aggregates & Construction Materials, Eastern Canada, “Technical and scientific studies on this topic clearly show that the complete or partial replacement of virgin aggregates by Recycled Aggregates offers unique opportunities for supply chain security, reducing natural resources consumption, and global carbon footprint while ensuring similar, and in some cases, superior performances when compared to virgin materials. In some European countries and areas, such as in Paris, where sourcing virgin aggregates is very challenging, the use of Recycled Aggregates has become the norm, as they are essential to secure sustainable and cost-effective aggregates supply, while reducing CO2 emissions.” In 2019, the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) estimated that more than 6 million tonnes of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) were being stockpiled at over a hundred facilities across the province. “If we were to reuse this amount of RAP as an industry – the equivalent of over 500,000 full dump trucks – in producing asphalt for new roads, we would be looking at saving around 15 million cubic metres of freshwater, enough water for over 50,000 households for one year, and on top of that, we would be saving 125 thousand tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions,” concludes Lambie. Industry task force However, there are currently a few barriers restricting the accelerated growth of Recycled Aggregates in Canada. One of the most pressing roadblocks is the lack of trust in performance - related to a few unfortunate events that took place in the past associated with industry players that have supplied projects with substandard material, which have resulted in quality and durability issues. “This is why it is key for us to aim to define a set of regulations or a certification system that provides the minimum quality and consistency requirements to ensure high standard performance. However, Lafarge recognizes the fact that we cannot influence this on our own and there must be consensus among responsible players,” commented Sanguineti. “With that said, we have initiated an industry task force with like minded responsible industry players, looking to standardize acceptance requirements across local governments in Ontario.” About Lafarge Canada Inc. Lafarge is Canada’s largest provider of sustainable construction materials and a member of the global group, Holcim. With 6,000 employees and 350 sites across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions and products that build progress for people and the planet. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with communities’ infrastructure benefit from the sustainable portfolio provided by Lafarge, consisting of Aggregates, Asphalt and Paving, Cement, Precast Concrete, Ready-Mix Concrete, and Road Construction.

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