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Metro Mix deal broadens LafargeHolcim, Aggregate Industries’ Denver footprint

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has closed on the assets of Metro Mix LLC, a ready mixed producer with Denver and Castle Rock, Colo., plants. The transaction adds to an already strong Colorado market presence LafargeHolcim enjoys through its integrated Aggregate Industries operations. 

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HawkeyePedershaab parent establishes umbrella identity

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

A newly formed parent company, Afinitas, encompasses a charter dry cast equipment business, HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, plus three other manufacturers acquired over the past 18 months: New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., New Hampton, Iowa; BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, Blaubeuren, Germany; and, CAM Sales Inc., Ludington, Mich.

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Commission launches precast-geared crane operator certification

Sources: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Fairfax, Va.; CP staff

NCCCO has developed the Telescopic Boom-Swing Cab Restricted (TLL-R) certification program for operators of boom trucks with short booms, no attachments/extensions, and a basic load chart. A restricted version of the Telescopic Boom Swing Cab (TLL), it covers equipment classes commonly used in precast concrete delivery.

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Survey tracks leading drains on construction productivity

Sources: FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C.; PlanGrid, San Francisco; CP staff

A survey of nearly 600 construction professionals finds that time spent on non-optimal activities—fixing mistakes, scouting data and managing conflict resolution—accounts for $177.5 billion in labor costs per year, while rework stemming from miscommunication and inaccurate or inaccessible information will cost the U.S. industry $30 billion-plus in 2018.

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Cemex sets 30-month timetable for $1.5-2B in asset sales

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

In an upbeat second quarter earnings report, Cemex assures investors that asset prioritizing and debt reduction are top of mind. “With the objective of accelerating our path to investment grade and enhancing total shareholder return, we are announcing ‘A Stronger Cemex,’” says Chief Executive Fernando Gonzalez. “During the next 2.5 years, we will work to optimize our portfolio by focusing on markets with the greatest long-term growth potential and selling between $1.5 billion and $2 billion of assets.

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