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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Brown’s Concrete shores up LoJac Materials’ middle Tennessee presence

Source: LoJac Holdings Corp., Lebanon, Tenn.

LoJac Materials has secured market leadership in concrete masonry after closing on a deal for Dickson, Tenn.-based Brown’s Concrete & Block. The acquisition nets the buyer block production and distribution throughout middle Tennessee, with plant and sales locations in Cookeville, Lebanon, Dickson, plus sales offices in Murfreesboro and Franklin. The concrete masonry business operates alongside heavy highway construction, and brick, sand and asphalt production units.

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Report credits residential market prospects in precast industry rebound

Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland

U.S. demand for precast concrete products is forecast to rise 6.1 percent annually to $11.3 billion in 2015, representing a turnaround from the 2005-2010 period when demand fell due to a precipitous drop in construction activity toward the latter part of the period. Growth in demand will be driven by an across-the-board rebound in construction activity from a low 2010 base. These and other trends are presented in Precast Concrete Products, a new Freedonia Group study tracking building and nonbuilding market prospects over the next five years.

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Stone veneer group calls for award entries

Source: Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.

The MVMA announced its second annual Design Awards, a program created to recognize the work of industry professionals who are setting trends by featuring manufactured stone veneer in their projects. With manufactured stone fast becoming one of the most requested wall coverings in new construction and renovation projects, contracting and design professionals are looking for innovative ways to incorporate its rugged, authentic, elegant looks and versatility.

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