Lead economist tracks pandemic’s waning effects on construction

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, bringing to 931,000 the number gained since April 2020, or nearly 84 percent of those jobs lost during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The construction unemployment rate…

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LafargeHolcim closes Firestone Building Products deal

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Zurich; CP staff Holcim Participations (US) Inc. has completed the acquisition of Firestone Building Products earlier than projected, positioning parent LafargeHolcim to target a new and expansive building market segment. The Nashville-based manufacturer is a key player in commercial roofing and building envelope solutions in the United States, with 2020 sales approaching $2 billion, and has 15 production…

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Evercast expands in the Carolinas, acquiring Precast Supply Co.

Sources: Evercast, Princeton, W.V.; CP staff Evercast, a leading specialty precast and prestressed concrete producer in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, has acquired Precast Supply Co. of Concord, N.C. The transaction complements the suitor’s existing product offerings; adds to its portfolio of precast and prestressed production brands, all primarily geared to drainage, transportation and utility markets; and, better positions the business…

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Kerkstra acquisition shores up Fabcon’s Midwest, Great Lakes market footprint

Sources: Fabcon Precast, Minneapolis; CP staff Fabcon Precast has closed on Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kerkstra Precast, which serves industrial, commercial, residential, and infrastructure markets from headquarters and Detroit satellite plants. Its product offering includes structural and architectural wall panels, hollowcore plank, beams, columns, double tees, stairs, and specialty elements.

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Chamber construction survey finds favorable commercial market prospects

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. Data from the first quarter U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index reveals contractors are growing more optimistic, mostly driven by a rise in revenue expectations. They also have better outlooks on hiring and equipment spending plans as business concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic lessen.

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Argos, Buzzi, GCC and Titan double up in EPA Energy Star certifications

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen of the 95 manufacturing plants earning certification in the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program produce portland cement: Argos USA LLC, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Miami; Drake…

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Concrete Sustainability Council names NRMCA a System Operator

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff NRMCA has joined the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), Geneva, and becomes a Regional System Operator (RSO) for the U.S. marketplace. Launched in 2017 with input from the Portland Cement Association and a Global Cement and Concrete Association predecessor, CSC administers the only industry-specific system certifying the sustainability performance of concrete…

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No substitute for a smooth slab when clocking Porche EV under roof

The Guinness World Records title for the fastest speed by a vehicle indoors stood at 86 mph until earlier this year, when racer Leh Keen cleared one of the most expansive concrete slabs in a U.S. public venue. The record speed attempt required starting and finishing at a standstill, all within the Ernst M. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.…

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MANUFACTURERS – MARCH 2021

David de Garis will retire as branch manager of Columbia Concrete Block Machine Australia in July, capping a nearly four-decade career with Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, Wash. He will assist in a leadership transition over the next five months. Concurrently, Columbia Machine has appointed Nigel Butler to the new position of CCBM Australia general manager. He arrives with extensive experience…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2021

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has chartered a Small Producer Council, aimed at shaping the future of committee and staff work supporting the group’s widest range of members. The SPC was formed to ensure participants have an opportunity to lead a conversation on their unique needs and consult peers on issues of most consequence to their businesses. James Schelzi…

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