Lytx honors Lafarge terminal driver with spotless, 3 million-mile record

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Video telematics specialist Lytx named Lafarge North America’s North Dakota-based bulk tanker ace Jack Weig its 2018 Driver of the Year, Private Trucking—one of six categories honoring DriveCam technology users. The award was presented during the Lytx User Group Conference in San Diego. Weig has earned an internal safe driving award 37 times, once for every year he’s been with Lafarge. Throughout his career, he has not logged a single at-fault accident, despite driving more than 3 million miles, and believes in acting as a courteous and professional ambassador for his company’s brand, on and off the road. Managers cite the personal ownership Weig takes in his role at the company, customers’ overall satisfaction, and fleet equipment.

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2017

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Ashley Smith, president and chief operating officer of Virginia’s Smith-Midland Corp., has been appointed 2017-18 National Precast Concrete Association chairman—a post his father and company co-founder, Rodney Smith, held in 1980. Ashley Smith has been involved with NPCA on various product committees and task forces throughout his career and served on the board since 2011. His one-year term began last month at NPCA’s 52nd Annual Convention in Atlanta. Smith-Midland was founded in 1960 and has been an NPCA member since 1971.

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Lafarge veteran Blair takes helm at Michigan’s Consumers Concrete

Sources: Consumers Concrete Corp., Kalamazoo, Mich.; CP staff

Bruce Blair is the new president and chief executive officer of Consumers Concrete, which operates 22 ready mixed plants throughout western Michigan, along with a Redi-Rock precast and two concrete block plants, plus four retail locations. He succeeds Tom Thomas and Steve Thomas, who have retired from day-to-day duty, but will serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, and retain full ownership of the business.

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Lafarge captures western Canada territory for StormTrap products

Sources: Lafarge Canada Inc., Calgary; CP staff

Romeoville, Ill.-based stormwater management systems developer StormTrap has entered a licensing and production agreement granting Lafarge Canada exclusive rights to proprietary precast concrete detention and retention products from northwest Ontario to British Columbia. The producer serves drainage markets across that expanse from precast and concrete pipe plants in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

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LafargeHolcim eyes production homebuilders via wall system developer alliance

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

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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Teachable moments, cautionary tales from FTC Lafarge, Holcim review file

Last month’s merger forming LafargeHolcim Ltd. expedited transfer of more than $1 billion in cement, concrete and aggregate production and distribution assets in the U.S. and Canada. The Federal Trade Commission justified a decision and order on the sale of those properties per Section 7 of the Clayton Act, a century-old law augmenting the Sherman Act of 1890. It prohibits mergers if “in any line of commerce or in any activity affecting commerce in any section of the country, the effect of such acquisition may be substantially to lessen competition, or to tend to create a monopoly,” FTC notes.

 
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Oldcastle parent consummates $7 billion Holcim (Canada), companion asset deal

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

CRH has closed on a portfolio of Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. cement, concrete and aggregate production assets in 10 countries across the Americas and Europe. At a $7.2 billion enterprise value, the transaction is among the largest to date involving publicly traded, global heavy building materials companies—trailing Cemex-Rinker and HeidelbergCement-Hanson ($15 billion–$16 billion; 2007) and Lafarge-Orascom ($12 billion, 2008).

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