PRODUCERS – MAY 2020

Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc. has sold its Mathews Readymix and Western Aggregates operations in northern California to Sacramento producer and contractor Teichert Inc. The Mathews assets include three batch plant locations and 26 trucks; Western Aggregates’ vested-rights-to-mine cover 3,900 acres and span reserves of 900 million-plus tons. The $93.5 million deal anticipates Eagle Materials’ split into two public companies—a cement-centric namesake and wallboard-centered American Gypsum—originally scheduled for the second half of 2020, but subject to a revised timetable based on recent investor guidance.

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PRODUCERS – JANUARY 2020

ConcreteDirect, a digital solutions brand of LafargeHolcim Ltd., has selected Amsterdam-based HERE Technologies as mapping and location services provider. ConcreteDirect manages orders and tracks deliveries of ready mixed concrete through a mobile application, available on iOS and Android. Customers can place, amend and confirm orders in just a few taps, and subsequently view upcoming deliveries and receive important notifications at their fingertips. They can likewise track the progress of ongoing pours, always informed of where their concrete is and when it arrives.

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MANUFACTURERS – AUGUST 2019

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Resource Management Associates, a longtime environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and plant design consultant to ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers, has opened a satellite office for clients throughout the Southeast: 127 Church Street, Suite 230, Marietta, GA 30060. RMA’s New Jersey headquarters mailing address has changed from Forked River to P.O. Box 188 Toms River, NJ 08754; 888-RMA-0230.

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LafargeHolcim Ltd. appoints Sika veteran to head US Cement

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Jamie Gentoso has been named LafargeHolcim, US Cement chief executive officer, replacing John Stull, who recently shifted in the same capacity to the Holcim Philippines business. She arrives at the Chicago-based operator with a solid industry grasp, having started her career as Holcim (US) technical service engineer, then serving as Architectural and Engineering market manager with a focus on ASTM C150 and specialty cements, plus fly ash. Gentoso proceeded to Sika Corp., rising to vice president of Concrete ahead of her most recent position, vice president of Sales & Marketing, with New Jersey-based architectural building products manufacturer Construction Specialties.

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PRODUCERS – MARCH 2016

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Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala., has elevated two senior vice presidents to new posts: Stan Bass, SVP West, overseeing Western and Mountain West Divisions, to chief growth officer, responsible for leading business development, commercial excellence, and strategic growth initiatives; and, Michael Mills, SVP & general counsel, to chief administrative officer, charged with executive oversight of non-financial, administrative functions. Also, Brock Lodge has been promoted from Western Division vice president and general manager to president, and Jerry Perkins, from assistant general counsel to general counsel, maintaining the corporate secretary post.

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PRODUCERS – JANUARY 2016

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The board of Colombia’s Cementos Argos has unanimously appointed Juan Esteban Calle as chief executive officer, effective April. His interpersonal skills and professional record of accomplishments, directors note, will help position Argos to continue its growth and expansion strategy, while strengthening organizational culture plus good environmental and social management practices.

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A year of tempered market expectations, bigger multinationals, taller wood buildings

Three developments tracked since January stand out at year’s end: 1) overall concrete shipments did not pace projected level; 2) among global operators, the annual revenue bar for cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete shipments is moving from the $10 billion–$15 billion to $15 billion–$20 billion range, with the top players deriving about 20–25 percent of sales in North America; and, 3) U.S. and Canadian wood interests’ multi-story building market pursuits are reverberating among ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers.

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