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FEB 2018

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Page 70 of 85 ROCK products • February 2018 • 67 Cemex USA kicked off the New Year by demonstrating its ongoing commitment to workplace safety and employee health with Safety Week 2018, an annual company-wide ini- tiative designed to promote the company's goal of achieving Zero4Life at its facilities across the United States. Operations at all Cemex USA plants and facilities stopped for 60 to 90 minutes on Jan. 2, so employees could participate in safety stand downs, meetings intended to help workers refocus and recommit to doing tasks safely each day. "Safety is something that is embedded in everything we do at Cemex," Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos said. "We want to achieve zero recordable injuries, job-related illnesses, preventable vehicle accidents and environmental events – Zero4Life. Safety Week encourages everyone to be involved and take action to make our work environments safer." During this year's safety stand downs, Cemex employees learned about the LIFE cycle of Action-Based Safety that encourages workers to Learn, Identify, Fix and Engage, when it comes to safety. Employees use their personal expe- riences and experiences of others to learn about potential safety hazards. Then, they identify potential hazards in their work areas and fix those hazards to protects themselves and others. Lastly, under the program, employees engage others by sharing their experiences. "Action-Based Safety helps reinforce Cemex's Health & Safety Management System, and the LIFE cycle helps build on that," Industry Groups Launch Cloud-Enabled Design Platform The Portland Cement Association (PCA), American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) and the RMC Research & Edu- cation Foundation have teamed to create PavementDesigner. org, an online tool that offers features and benefits never before available to the pavement design community. "This comprehensive but easy-to-use pavement design tool not only covers full-depth concrete, but also provides design solutions for concrete overlays and composite pavements," said Wayne Adaska, P.E., director of pavements, PCA. "Further, the tool includes other cement-based materials like roll- er-compacted concrete, cement-treated base and full-depth reclamation with cement." PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following val- ue-added features: •  No cost. The platform is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses. • Immediate access. Brings the industry's best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately. • Cloud storage/retrieval. Users have the option of creat- ing a user ID and password to save their design work as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device. •  Automatic updates and improvements. The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or "patches." The program guides users through three basic stages: Proj- ect type (parking, street, or intermodal facility), followed by project level details and pavement structure design. Each module has help screens and conversions to assist pavement structure detail entry. After that data is entered and calcu- lated, the user moves to a summary screen where slab design can be reviewed, analyzed, printed and/or saved. Canadian pension fund Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec and its partners have hired advisers to explore options for McInnis Cement, reported Bloomberg. The investors are considering options for the producer that could include bring- ing in new partners or an outright sale of the company. In 2014, Montreal-based Caisse partnered with the Beaudier Group to develop the McInnis Cement's facilities in Port-Dan- iels-Gascons, Quebec. The project was originally expected to cost about C$1.1 billion ($880 million) to develop but final costs were rumored to be closer to C$1.5 billion. Two years later, Caisse took control of the McInnis project and invested an additional C$125 million alongside the same amount from funds managed by BlackRock Alterna- tive Investors. The McInnis Cement project was the first new cement plant to serve eastern Canada and New England in more than 50 years when it opened last year. It has a deep-water marine terminal next to the plant, which produces 2.2 million tpy, and operates its own distribution network of terminals in the U.S. and Canada. McInnis Cement Owners Hire Advisers for Possible Sale Cemex USA Starts Off 2018 With Safety Awareness

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