MANUFACTURERS – JULY 2018

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Duane Rondeau, a 30-year Besser Co. veteran, has been promoted to executive director of Sales – Masonry & Hardscape, responsible for national and international sales teams. Upon graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, Rondeau joined the Besser Engineering team in 1988, later moving into sales administration and ultimately a leadership role in international sales in 2012.

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Report measures fiber cement market gains at vinyl siding expense

Source: The Freedonia Group, Cleveland

Fiber cement siding demand is forecast to grow 3.3 percent per year, to 2.1 billion square feet by 2022, and support sales volume that continues to outperform that of most other siding products. Led by Elementia, James Hardie and Nichiha, the market for fiber cement siding and companion building products will reach $1.6 billion in 2022, reflecting price increases and a shift to higher value offerings. These and other trends are presented in “Fiber Cement in the US, 3rd Edition,” a new study from market researcher Freedonia Group.

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Study projects moderate growth for precast in water, wastewater markets

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Demand for precast concrete water, wastewater and waste-handling products—septic tanks, manholes, supply and conveyance components, grease interceptors, hazardous material containers, among them—is projected to rise 5.1 percent per year to $1.2 billion in 2020, a new Freedonia Group report finds.

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ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2016

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James Bogdan has joined National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as senior director, Sustainability Initiatives. Based in Pittsburgh, he will help position members to meet new requirements in such green building standards as LEED and Green Globes. Initiatives include product sustainability and transparency, supply chain sustainability, and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

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Mobile app guides users wire-to-wire on paver, SRW projects

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Pavestone brought to 2015 Hardscape North America a mobile app programmed as a comprehensive, start to finish resource for residential and commercial projects incorporating the company’s flagship and regional unit masonry brands. The technology led offerings the producer unveiled during the late-October event, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

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Precast methods to maintain lead in growing sound wall sector

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Rural and suburban residential and commercial development, especially in close proximity to highways, will sustain demand for outdoor noise barriers in the U.S., where annual growth through 2019 is forecast to rise 3.7 percent, to 9.5 million square feet. Outdoor Noise Barriers, a five-year outlook from Cleveland market researcher The Freedonia Group, finds highways accounting for the vast majority of installations, and concrete structures holding a commanding 92 percent share against plastic, metal and wood product alternatives.

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Pavestone mobile app guides users wire-to-wire on paver, SRW projects

Sources: Quikrete Companies, Atlanta; CP staff

Pavestone brought to 2015 Hardscape North America a mobile app programmed as a comprehensive, start to finish resource for residential and commercial projects incorporating the company’s flagship and regional unit masonry brands. The technology led offerings the producer unveiled during the October 22-23 event, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.

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Hardscape unit demand outpaces overall landscape product business

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Landscaping product demand is forecast to grow 5.3 percent per year, from $5.3 billion in 2014 to $8.2 billion in 2019, as the market continues to recover from the effects of the 2007–2009 recession. Of four major categories profiled in Landscaping Products, a new five-year outlook from Cleveland market researcher Freedonia Group, hardscape units—concrete or clay pavers, segmental retaining wall units—lead the pack with projected annual growth at 7.3 percent, from just over $2 billion in 2014 sales toward $2.9 billion in 2019.

 
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Precast methods to gain share in growing sound wall market

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Rural and suburban residential and commercial development, especially in close proximity to highways, will sustain outdoor noise barrier demand, where annual growth through 2019 is forecast to rise 3.7 percent, to 9.5 million square feet. Outdoor Noise Barriers, a five-year U.S. outlook from market researcher Freedonia, finds highways accounting for the vast majority of installations, and concrete structures holding a commanding 92 percent share against plastic, metal and wood product alternatives.

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