ORGANIZATIONS – FEBRUARY 2019

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Milwaukee-based Scott Campbell, Ph.D., P.E. is the newest National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Building Promotion team member. As senior vice president of Structures and Codes, he will join colleagues in advancing industry interests through model codes and technical standards, and support state and local advocacy efforts. He will work closely with engineers and architects, code advocates, and legislative specialists to offer technically correct code-related solutions that maintain public safety and increase building resilience. Campbell holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He moves to NRMCA from Portland Cement Association, where he served as director of Code Technology.

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PRODUCERS – AUGUST 2018

LafargeHolcim has acquired Tarrant Concrete Co., which operates three ready mixed plants on two sites, and builds on a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex platform created under Holcim (US). With 90 employees and annual sales hovering $40 million, Tarrant Concrete becomes the first bolt-on transaction in domestic ready mixed production since the Aggregate Industries U.S. and Holcim (US) businesses, along with Lafarge North America, were brought under LafargeHolcim Ltd. in the 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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LafargeHolcim spreads Ductal UHPC to thin cladding, rainscreen applications

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Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has teamed with South Bend, Ind.-based Shaffner Heaney Associates to extend Ductal ultra-high performance concrete—with 18,000 psi design and 25,000 psi ultimate strengths—to the thin cladding and rainscreen market. Long the domain of metal panels and, more recently, fiber cement, rainscreen cladding systems typically comprise galvanized bracket- or channel-mounted 0.5- to 1-in. thick panels, insulation and water barrier.

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LafargeHolcim eyes production homebuilders via wall system developer alliance

An agreement between LafargeHolcim and Phoenix-based HercuTech Inc. positions Lafarge North America, Holcim (US) and Aggregate Industries to market and support production of HercuTech, a plant-fabricated, high performance insulated concrete wall system suited to residential and light commercial applications.

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Summit Materials closes on $450 million Lafarge plant, terminal network deal

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff

In a July 17 transaction with LafargeHolcim Ltd., Summit Materials acquired Lafarge North America’s Davenport, Iowa cement plant, along with a West Des Moines, Iowa, and six Mississippi River terminals. The companies announced the deal just ahead of an early-May U.S. Federal Trade Commission order stipulating plant and terminal sale within 10 days of the Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. merger, consummated July 8.

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MANUFACTURERS – JUNE 2015

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A marketing agreement will see the Besser Co. sales organization promote the Rosetta Hardscapes product line to domestic and international prospects, augmenting the latter company’s sales efforts. The variety of Rosetta units and plant equipment offerings, Besser officials note, will appeal to producers throughout manufactured and ready mixed concrete.

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McInnis Cement counters Quebec plant opponents’ government subsidy claims

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Responding to Lafarge North America charges of “enormous subsidies” behind a $1 billion greenfield cement plant and marine terminal in eastern Quebec, McInnis Cement contends: “The project has no subsidies [and] is being financed based on the merits of the business, with all debt and equity investors involved doing so on a commercial basis alone.”

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Lafarge sponsors disaster-resistant design exhibition

Lafarge sponsors disaster-resistant design exhibition

Lafarge North America is the lead sponsor for Designing for Disaster, part of a year-long National Building Museum exhibition spotlighting the evolving science of disaster mitigation, plus tools and strategies for building safer, stronger and more resilient communities.

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Top A/E/C groups pinpoint resilient-project planning, materials

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

Design and construction industry leaders, along with building owners and operators, have pledged to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, project specifications and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

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