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Energy operator, Ameron Intl. reach merger agreement

Sources: National Oilwell Varco Inc., Houston; CP staff

The National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Ameron boards have unanimously approved the former company’s proposed acquisition of Ameron for approximately $772 million in cash. The deal values Pasadena, Calif.-based Ameron, a longtime concrete producer but better known for composites and steel products, at $85/share—a 27 percent premium to what its shares had traded on the New York Stock Exchange leading into the July 4 weekend. Closing is subject to approval by a majority of Ameron shareholders, and could occur as early as the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Heritage bargaining unit remains at R.E. Pierson Materials satellite plant

Sources: National Labor Relations Board Region Four, Philadelphia; CP staff 

By Don Marsh

NLRB Regional Director Dorothy Moore-Duncan has ordered Richard E. Pierson Materials Corp. in Williamstown, N.J., to honor a Teamsters Local 331 petition for an election to represent approximately 12 drivers at a Pleasantville, N.J., ready mixed plant. Serving the Atlantic City market, the operation is 25 miles from the nearest sister plant; its mixer drivers and those of three other Pierson Materials concrete operations in southern New Jersey are represented by Teamsters Local 676. The Pleasantville plant and certain Pierson Materials sites were formerly part of Vineland Transit Mix, which had separate agreements with Locals 331 and 676.

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Campaign advances life-cycle budgeting in infrastructure policy

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

A two-week print and online PCA ad campaign, themed “What Are the Real Costs” and targeted to political and policy opinion leaders in Washington, D.C., aims to elevate cradle-to-grave project cost factors in transportation and infrastructure funding. The ads appear through July 1 in Rollcall and CQ Daily print editions and in Rollcall, National Journal and Engineering News-Record online, directing readers and site visitors to

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NLRB formalizes proposed union representation election rule changes

Source: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines amendments to existing NLRB rules and regulations governing procedures in representation cases. If adopted after a public notice-and-comment process, Board Members contend, the changes would:

  • Allow for electronic filing of election petitions and other documents.
  • Ensure that employees, employers and unions receive and exchange timely information to understand and participate in the process.
  • Standardize timeframes for parties to resolve or litigate issues before and after elections.
  • Require parties to identify issues and describe evidence soon after an election petition is filed to facilitate resolution and eliminate unnecessary litigation.
  • Defer litigation of most voter eligibility issues until after the election.
  • Require employers to provide a final voter list in electronic form soon after the scheduling of an election.
  • Consolidate all election-related appeals to the Board into a single post-election process, eliminating delay in holding elections currently attributable to the possibility of pre-election appeals.
  • Make Board review of post-election decisions discretionary rather than mandatory.

A 60-day public comment period opened June 22, upon the proposed rule changes’ publishing in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted here.

The NLRB will have an open meeting on the proposed amendments July 18 at its Washington, D.C., headquarters; requests to present comments or attend can be directed, by July 1, to [email protected]

Veneerstone, Quality Stone lead second MVMA Awards

Source: Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association, New York

Taking five gold awards, Veneerstone led the 2011 Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association Design Awards competition, results from which were announced June 14 at the association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Three judges from the American Institute of Building Design, including Executive Director Steve Mickey, served as the judges for the contest. There were 27 winners (gold, silver and bronze) selected from the 57 entries. Submissions for the contest were received from February through June of this year.

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