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Construction Supply Group adds Zia Concrete to Southwest platform

Source: The Sterling Group, Houston

Construction Supply Group (CSG) has acquired Zia Concrete Supply and will integrate the Albuquerque-based distributor into its Southwestern business unit, Border Construction Specialties. The deal positions CSG with 74 branches, 1,150 employees, upwards of 25,000 customers, and 70,000-plus stock keeping units.

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U.S. Concrete adds 11 Texas sites in Golden Spread RM deal

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has significantly expanded its west Texas footprint, acquiring the assets of Amarillo-based Golden Spread Redi-Mix Inc. The deal includes 10 fixed plants; a five-plant portable division; an aggregates operation with deep reserves and close proximity to Amarillo; and, a dump and bulk tanker fleet serving the concrete sites.

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Martin Marietta veteran named NRMCA Driver of the Year

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Leonard "Glenn" Brown of Martin Marietta's Rocky Mountain Division is the 2018 Ready Mixed Driver of the Year. Based at the producer's Chambers Plant in Aurora, Colo., he was honored during the NRMCA annual convention in Houston, and will receive $5,000 from the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau.

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Optimism Mile High at The Precast Show 2018

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association; CP staff

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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NPCA cites domestic steel pricing, capacity concerns with Trump tariffs

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel that President Donald Trump announced this month would negatively impact the precast concrete industry, according to National Precast Concrete Association President Ty Gable. “When you impose high tariffs, two major things happen,” he says. “The price of domestic steel goes through the roof. Second, there is a capacity problem and [producers] have difficulty getting their materials on time.”

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