Cement Americas

WIN 2018

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10 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2018 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE Following the release of its new brand- ing in July 2017, bulk material handling and automation specialist Spiroflow revealed a new website in November. The website features a fresh, modern design, and sets a new benchmark in the industry. The new site provides users with faster and more complete access to critical information and solutions surround- ing dry bulk material handling and automation. Visitors will find new photo galleries and videos throughout the site. Key features include a dynam- ic content-rich homepage and naviga- tion bar for direct access to process equipment, automation solutions, parts and service, and a resource hub. The resource hub connects visitors to additional content from the compa- ny's blog, FAQs, news releases, litera- ture, video library, and case studies. "We wanted this new website to meet two primary objectives. It is designed to provide visitors with a resource that enables them to solve problems they might be experiencing with their current powder handling processes. It is also designed to inform visitors about how they can automate new, or update existing, control systems and processes. There is also expand- ed content on after sales support and commissioning which shows how we help customers far beyond delivering a product," said Spiroflow's co-chair- man and CEO Jeffrey Dudas. "Ultimately we always want our cus- tomers to feel confident about their choice. The new website has greatly expanded content organized so that visitors can consider solutions to their toughest bulk material handling and automation challenges and ultimately make more informed purchase deci- sions," Dudas added. The Slag Cement Association (SCA) will host an Industry Training Session titled "Slag Cement in Mix Designs: Improving Workabilty, Durability, & Performance" at World of Concrete on January 24 in Las Vegas. The presentation will provide an informative look at how slag cement impacts the durability, strength, and consistent performance of concrete in commercial, infrastructure and high-performance projects. Discus- sions will highlight award-winning case study examples on specific topics like: • Impacting strength and durability. • Mass concrete. • High performance concrete. • Sustainability. • Finishing practice. • Industry codes and standards on slag cement plus association tools and resources available. Attendees will also receive a copy of the Slag Cement Industry Manual, which includes more than 25 technical information sheets, 15-plus case study projects, and additional resources for industry professionals. The presen- tation will conclude with a Q&A seg- ment, allowing attendees to ask ques- tions to slag cement professionals. For more information on the event and to register, visit www.slagcement.org. Slag Cement Association to Host Training Session at WOC Lehigh Cement lost its lawsuit against the city of Providence, R.I., that alleged the company was overtaxed for land it neither leased nor owned, reported the Providence Journal. The cement producer, which leases 3.65 acres in the city-owned ProvPort facility, sued the Providence tax asses- sor in 2012 arguing that city officials improperly taxed it on 16.8 acres for three years, then after acknowledg- ing the problem, dragged their feet on compensating the company. Lehigh paid $500,000 more than it should have in the 2006 to 2009 bills, accord- ing to court documents. But a Superior Court judge ruled against Lehigh and, on appeal, the state high court agreed, writing that while talking with the city about com- pensation, Lehigh had allowed the statute of limitations to expire. "Although most persons accept the necessity of paying taxes, no one rel- ishes paying more than his or her fair share, much less paying taxes for which he or she has been erroneous- ly assessed," Chief Justice Paul A. Sut- tell wrote in the decision. "Such is the situation in which the plaintiff, Lehigh Cement Co. ... finds itself." Although the city won the case, the details of how it dealt with a longtime taxpayer do not paint a business-friend- ly portrait. According to the ruling, Lehigh representatives spoke with city officials numerous times between 2010 and 2012 about the tax bill and each time were told that the assessor's office was working on the problem and would credit the company. Lehigh has leased land in ProvPort since 2002. Lehigh Cement Loses Tax Lawsuit Spiroflow Launches New Website

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