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GCC closes on Cemex operations in west Texas, New Mexico

Sources: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; CP staff

GCC has expanded its North Central and Mountain Region market footprint in the U.S., acquiring Cemex’s Odessa cement plant plus Amarillo and El Paso terminals, all Texas; and, a construction materials business serving El Paso and Las Cruces, N.M., through eight ready mixed, six aggregate and five asphalt plants, plus five distribution centers. The properties increase GCC’s total headcount to nearly 3,500, and continue in a “business as usual” mode under their new owner.

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Cemex adopts IBM platform for suite of transformational mobile apps

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Cemex plans an early-2017 release of custom apps designed in collaboration with IBM iX (Interactive Experience) and creating the “best mobile-led customer experience in the building materials supply industry.” The producer will adopt a “speed-to-market” approach—pilot project, followed by user testing, adjusting the solutions to meet the users’ needs, and then scaling apps worldwide. Among early offerings is an app enabling construction foremen to manage many aspects of their ready mixed concrete orders in real-time; field tests have commenced in several markets ahead of the global launch.  

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House approves Concrete Masonry Products Promotion Act

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

On the opening day of the 114th Congress lame duck session, the U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 985, the Concrete Masonry Products, Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2015 by a 355–38 vote. The legislation authorizes the concrete masonry industry to pursue the creation of an industry-wide check-off program. Such programs have positioned other industries to pool resources to support commodity product market development efforts.

“The attributes of concrete masonry are well suited to constructing modern, high-performing buildings. A concrete masonry check-off program will simply enable our industry to better organize to promote those values to the marketplace,” says NCMA Chairman Patrick Sauter (Kings Material LLC). “This is an important step in achieving the necessary authorization for the program before we can present the program for final approval by the concrete masonry manufacturing companies operating in America.”

Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) sponsored the bill and were successful in compiling an impressive co-sponsor list of 247 colleagues, balanced with nearly equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. The list is indicative of active grassroots efforts on behalf of the concrete masonry industry, which has small manufacturing plants in every state in the country and in most congressional districts. — www.cmucheckoff.com

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Martin Marietta inaugurates NRMCA system level Environmental Product Declaration

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

Martin Marietta Materials is the first producer member to use NRMCA’s new system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification program, oriented to transparency credits in LEED v4 and other green building standards. The program meets strict international standards, but streamlines EPD verification: Rather than a fixed set of product-specific EPD, it verifies the software used to generate a concrete mix’s environmental impacts. Hence, producers can tender new product-specific EPD as needed for each project.

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Trump’s prime-time endorsement of concrete building attributes endures

Source: CP staff

President-elect Donald Trump exhibited a seasoned appreciation for concrete long before his White House quest. During an October 2001 exchange with ABC 20/20 host Barbara Walters, the then-celebrity developer assessed post-September 11 construction methods in New York City, its skyline absent the Twin Towers.

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