Ameron sets October meeting for proposed NOV merger vote

Sources: Ameron International Corp., Pasadena, Calif.; CP staff

Ameron stockholders will convene October 5 to vote on proposals related to a takeover by Houston-based National Oilwell Varco Inc. The companies’ boards jointly announced July 1 an agreement whereby NOV would acquire Ameron in an all-cash transaction, with stockholders receiving $85/share—a 27 percent premium to mid-year trading. Ameron indicated a forthcoming meeting for the vote in a preliminary proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in mid-August. Per agency rules, it will file in early September a final proxy with full details on the merger proposals, meeting and voting.

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Institute affirms strong masonry performance in Mineral earthquake assessment

Source: International Masonry Institute, Annapolis, Md.

In a preliminary take on the August 23 earthquake, centered in Mineral, Va., IMI National Director of Technical Service David Sovinski notes, “Reinforced masonry structures performed extraordinarily well when you consider that most were not designed for a 5.8 earthquake. This real-world experience supports recent testing done on the behavior of properly designed masonry buildings.

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Employers face November deadline to display union organizing rights poster

Source: National Labor Relations Board

Private-sector employers must notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by November 14, a deadline marking 75 days after the NLRB published a related rule in the Federal Register.

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CSA, codes enable Lafarge Canada to up limestone content in cement

Sources: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.; CP staff

In response to ever-increasing market demand for sustainable building solutions, Lafarge has recently introduced a new portland-limestone cement (PLC) commercial offering in Canada. Widely used in Europe for over 25 years, PLC is a new category of cement that provides performance similar to conventional portland cement with up to 10 percent less CO2 emissions.

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Contech gains major territory for precast StormTrap distribution

Source: Contech Construction Products, West Chester, Ohio; CP staff

A strategic agreement grants Contech exclusive rights to sell the concrete modular stormwater management systems of StormTrap LLC, Morris, Ill., in Louisiana and all states west of the Mississippi, excluding Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Alaska. The agreement also provides Contech access to StormTrap water quality products.

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UBS Financial analyst, D-Day bunker researcher keynote NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

The 2011 ConcreteWorks conference and exposition (September 25–27, San Diego) will open with a look at how federal policy is hampering economic recovery, and close with a motivational presentation from an official who has led testing of World War II concrete bunkers at the allied forces’ D-Day landing site in Normandy, France.

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