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Ozinga RMC integrates Aggregate Industries/Meyer Materials’ Illinois sites

Sources: CP staff; Aggregate Industries (US), Bedford, Mass.; Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.

A definitive agreement with Aggregate Industries, centered on ready mixed production and fleet assets at 14 Meyer Material Co. sites, has netted Ozinga Bros. an expanded footprint across seven northern Illinois counties. Effective late last month, it transfers concrete plant operation and delivery to Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, while Aggregate Industries/Meyer maintains six aligned sand & gravel properties.

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Vulcan, Martin Marietta, Oldcastle remain top guns in aggregates output

Source: U.S. Geological Survey

The ranking of the top 10 construction aggregates producers remained the same from 2011 to 2012-the most recent year for which consolidated USGS data is available-except the nine and 10 positions, where the operators switched from the previous year's spots.

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Honolulu developer acquires Ameron Hawaii concrete, aggregate businesses

Sources: Pacific Business News; The Mills Group, Honolulu; NOV Ameron, Honolulu; CP staff

Closing a July 1 deal with Houston-based National Oilwell Varco, Mills Group has added to its real estate development and investment business Ameron Hawaii’s Oahu and Maui ready mixed, precast and aggregate operations.

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ASTM C09 observes centennial, confers top honor on NRMCA’s Lobo

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

A group of 150 members and stakeholders commemorated ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates’ 100th anniversary amid committee week activities late last month in Toronto. Chairman Steve Parker (Chryso Inc.) and past chairs Doug Hooton (University of Toronto) and Tony Fiorato (PCA, CTL, Slag Cement Association) weighed in on C09’s progress, credibility and vast influence on concrete practice.

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Spot labor shortages surface as construction unemployment figures slide

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Sustaining momentum from April and May, construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest level for the month in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data.

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