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See the light on Route 66

Jul 01, 2014

See the light on Route 66

By Bill Langer Along the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque, be sure to watch for the light from a miner’s cabin. We leave Adrian, Texas, in our rear view mirror as we continue our westward trek along old Route 66/Interstate 40. Soon we ...

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PCA predicts cement consumption to continue growing over next 5 years

Jun 04, 2014

PCA predicts cement consumption to continue growing over next 5 years

Despite data that suggests the economic recovery in the U.S. is slowing down, Portland Cement Association (PCA) chief economist Ed Sullivan says he still believes construction and cement consumption will steadily grow over the next five years. The economic causes of ...

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Lafarge, Holcim merger expected to impact Canada

May 29, 2014

Lafarge, Holcim merger expected to impact Canada

Cement producers Lafarge and Holcim plan to merge next year, and Financial Post predicts that the deal could have a major impact on Canada’s aggregates industry. The report notes that the companies own about half of the cement market in Canada, which will ...

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A Merger of Equals

May 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com As we wait for Martin Marietta’s acquisition of Texas Industries to clear regulatory approval, another industry merger is set to change the face of the construction materials market — both domestically and globally. On April 7, the ...

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A Spring of Hope for Favorable Business Ratings in 2014

Jan 01, 2014

A Spring of Hope for Favorable Business Ratings in 2014

While most operators don’t expect to be dazzled, most anticipate favorable business ratings for 2014. For a decade, Aggregates Manager has asked operators to assess business conditions and production rates for the current year and upcoming year. We share this information ...

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Martin Marietta’s Ward Nye says building bridges is key to success

Mar 21, 2013

Martin Marietta’s Ward Nye says building bridges is key to success

During the closing session of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association's (NSSGA) annual meeting, CalPortland's Ron Summers passed the gavel to Ward Nye, president of Martin Marietta Materials, as incoming 2013 chairman of the NSSGA. The rest of the newly ...

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Lafarge cement plays a key role in Ohio wind farm construction

Jan 01, 2013

Lafarge cement plays a key role in Ohio wind farm construction

Cement supplied by Lafarge North America played a key role in the construction earlier this year of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Ohio, which is owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables. One of the largest wind power plants in ...

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Forecast 2012: Rock Steady

Jan 01, 2013

Forecast 2012:  Rock Steady

After five years of extremes, the aggregates market sees a slight shift toward the positive.   by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief, tdunphy@randallreilly.com   One term comes to mind when reviewing the results of the 2012-13 Aggregates Manager Forecast Survey: directionally correct. Overall annual business ratings ...

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Sustainability Picks Up Steam

Jun 07, 2012

Sustainability Picks Up Steam

Although many initiatives began in Europe, North American operators are beginning to appreciate the benefits of green business practices. Sustainable operating practices — which have roots in the business strategies of many European construction materials companies — are making their way ...

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Sustainability Picks up Steam

Oct 03, 2011

Sustainability Picks up Steam

Although many initiatives began in Europe, North American operators are beginning to appreciate the benefits of green business practices. By Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief Sustainable operating practices — which have roots in the business strategies of many European construction materials companies — are ...

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Petrocon launches national tire program for its members

May 11, 2011

Petrocon Corp. has launched a national tire program to its members. In the first month of introduction, nearly 200 members enrolled into the program, by a world’s top tire producer.  With the program, Petrocon members become part of a 24/7, emergency ...

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Data Mining April 2011

Apr 01, 2011

Data Mining April 2011

Aggregate shipments show modest increases By George H. Reddin Merger and acquisition activity in the first quarter continues at a slow pace. The themes of balance sheet management, investment in emerging markets, and challenges in meeting the gap between buyer and seller ...

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