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Safety, carbon benchmarks strengthen Cemex sustainable development audit

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

In its 2010 Sustainable Development Report, covering global concrete, cement and aggregate production, Cemex cites significant progress in key performance indicators relating to workplace safety, environment and climate change, biodiversity and wilderness preservation, and contribution to local communities.

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Contractor: Davis-Bacon nets taxpayers four buildings for the price of five

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Washington, D.C.

Testifying on Capitol Hill at a hearing, "Examining the Department of Labor's Implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act," ABC representative Thomas Mistick observed, "At a time of shrinking public construction budgets, the Act's fundamentally flawed system is arbitrarily limiting the amount of construction that can be built by needlessly increasing project costs. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed and taxpayers are getting four buildings for the price of five because of this broken process."

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23-plant Transit Mix deal improves TXI’s central Texas integration

Sources: Texas Industries Inc., Dallas; CP staff

An early-April transaction has yielded TXI ready mixed operations strategic to its Hunters Cement mill in New Braunfels, where a $350 million-plus capacity expansion nears completion. TXI acquired 23 concrete plants, running north of San Antonio through Hillsdale, Texas, from Transit Mix Concrete and Materials, a subsidiary of Dallas peer Trinity Industries. The deal also saw transfer of TXI’s Anacoco, Paradise and Beckett sand & gravel sites—serving markets in east and north Texas, plus Louisiana, some with Transit Mix concrete plants—to Trinity Materials Inc.

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Watson named Cemex USA president

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

As part of a global management realignment around six regional units, effective April 12, Cemex has named Karl Watson, Jr., president of Cemex USA, according to a statement released by the company. Based in West Palm Beach, he had served as Eastern region president, and is the leading executive to have made the transition from Rinker Materials Corp. to Cemex USA.

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Stoneway selects Lafarge slag cement for 900,000-sq.-ft. Gates Foundation campus

Source: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.

In pursuit of LEED certification and other sustainable construction goals, Seattle-based Stoneway Concrete selected Lafarge NewCem for concrete mix designs behind the city's newest landmark—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters. Located near the Space Needle, the Gates Foundation campus sits on about 12 acres. When the 900,000-sq.-ft. complex is completed in this spring, it will include two, six-story, V-shaped office buildings with landscaped courtyards. Campus designers hope the project will earn a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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