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Construction spending increase outpaces cement shipment gains

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; CP staff

The U.S. Census Bureau calculates the value of 2016 construction at $1.16 trillion, about 4.5 percent above the prior year’s $1.11 trillion total. The growth rate in spending eclipsed another principal metric: cement consumption, which Portland Cement Association pegged at 2.7 percent higher last year than in 2015. The variance reflects flat or lagging infrastructure project activity, where cement and concrete represent a higher slice of each dollar when compared to buildings. 

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Concrete alliance underscores infrastructure aims in Capitol Hill briefing

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), representing 11 materials, product and contractor groups, outlined top industry priorities and policy positions for Congressional Cement Caucus members during an early-February briefing in Washington, D.C., contending:

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Berks Products assets bridge New Enterprise’s eastern Pennsylvania arc

Sources: New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., New Enterprise, Pa.; CP staff

In transactions totaling $46.3 million, New Enterprise Stone & Lime has acquired the assets of eastern Pennsylvania operators Berks Products Corp., Reading, and EJB Paving & Materials, West Lawn. Berks’ four ready mixed and two aggregate plants plus a construction supply center, and two EJB asphalt plants, serve markets west and north of Philadelphia.

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Chandler Concrete veteran Woods named NRMCA Driver of the Year

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Burice Woods, a 37-year veteran of Burlington, N.C.-based Chandler Concrete Co. is NRMCA’s 2017 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year. Based at a Roxboro, N.C., plant, he is honored for career achievements, outstanding safety record, professionalism, driving competency and customer service skills.

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Market opportunities compel Ozinga RMC’s move into Miami

Sources: Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

One of the top ready mixed concrete operators in Chicago and neighboring Great Lakes markets is bringing its production, fleet management and customer service competencies to South Florida. Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete has opened a charter plant in Miami, eyeing residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.

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