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Lafarge makes moves leading up to merger

Jun 17, 2015

Lafarge makes moves leading up to merger

  With just weeks remaining until Lafarge becomes LafargeHolcim with the upcoming merger, the French aggregate company continues to make major deals across the world to expand. Lafarge struck a deal June 17 with Baring Private Equity to once again become the ...

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Cement consumption is up across the globe, but especially in North America

Jun 16, 2015

Cement consumption is up across the globe, but especially in North America

The world continues to use more and more cement each year, and North America is ahead of the curve when it comes to cement consumption growth. A new report from the Portland Cement Association had good news for aggregate producers: Global ...

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U.S. Concrete purchases New Jersey concrete company

May 26, 2015

U.S. Concrete purchases New Jersey concrete company

U.S. Concrete announced last week that it had acquired a New Jersey cement company to strengthen its New York presence. According to a press release from U.S. Concrete, the Texas-based company completed its purchase of Colonial Concrete Company in Newark, New ...

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MSHA releases final report on cement truck accident in Texas

Apr 06, 2015

MSHA releases final report on cement truck accident in Texas

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released the final report on an accident that occurred in Midlothian, Texas, on June 17, 2014. A 41-year-old cement truck driver with almost nine years of experience and site-specific hazard awareness training died ...

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Virtual trip along historic Route 66 comes to an end

Dec 30, 2014

Virtual trip along historic Route 66 comes to an end

From towns built around the limestone and aggregate industries to the Santa Monica Pier’s concrete pilings, the journey comes to a close. When we leave Barstow, Calif., for the final leg of our virtual trip along historic Route 66, we head ...

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Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Nov 03, 2014

Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Construction projects in Minnesota are struggling to get done in a timely manner due to a cement shortage. CBS Minnesota reports the shortage is due to flooding from the spring, and some problems at cement plants down south. "We have a problem ...

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Aggregates production way up in second quarter

Sep 25, 2014

Aggregates production way up in second quarter

Production of aggregates had a huge increase in production during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of the year. According to a quarterly  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), domestic production of construction materials (cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed ...

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Hanson using 62 percent recycled aggregates

Aug 21, 2014

Hanson using 62 percent recycled aggregates

Hanson Building Materials has indicated it is now using 62 percent recycled aggregates in precast concrete and concrete blocks. The company released the information in its 2014 Sustainability Report. That's a huge increase from 50 percent in 2012 and 55 percent in 2010. ...

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Holcim and Lafarge detail Brazilian disposal plans

Aug 06, 2014

Holcim and Lafarge detail Brazilian disposal plans

Holcim and Lafarge have announced the activities they plan to offload in Brazil in order to gain antitrust approval for their merger to create the largest cement maker in the world. The Swiss and French companies plan to sell several assets, including three ...

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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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