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Premium-countertop market research finds engineered stone hardening lead on granite

Demand for engineered stone countertops grew 28 percent per annum during the 2012–2017 period due to significant sales advances in the residential market, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. During this time, demand for engineered stone surpassed that of granite, which was formerly regarded as the primary material in the luxury residential market. The study notes that engineered stone is forecast to be the fastest growing countertop surface material, reaching 152 million square feet in 2022 on yearly advances of 4.5 percent.

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U.S. Concrete enters new league of promotion, pacing Andretti Autosport

Driver Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Honda bears the U.S. Concrete Inc. logo and colors as part of a 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series race sponsorship. Starting last month with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) and Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Birmingham), the sponsorship continues through Indianapolis (Grand Prix and Indy 500), Texas, Pocono (Pa.) and Sonoma (Calif.) events.

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LafargeHolcim set to turn the page as Collomb, Schmidheiny exit formal roles

Upon conclusion of its annual general meeting this month, LafargeHolcim Ltd. will begin a new era as the terms of Betrand Collomb and Thomas Schmidheiny—charter directors whose combined Lafarge Group, Holcim Ltd. and post-merger tenure is just short of 90 years—sunset.

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Lehigh Mitchell mill garners Indiana Century Award

Lehigh Cement Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., was presented the Governor’s Century Business Award, which honors Indiana businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 years and demonstrated a commitment to community service. Governor Eric Holcomb recognized the Lehigh Mitchell plant and company officials during an early-April award ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

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ASTM buildings committee strategizes community resilience

The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to withstand, respond to and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages and human-caused disruptions. Developed by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, the new standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, plus a seven-step approach to help communities formulate their own resilience plans.

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