Law empowers feds to set drywall sulfur threshold, track board production

Sources: Office of Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

President Obama has signed into law the Drywall Safety Act of 2012, the most far-reaching response yet to performance problems plaguing product imported from China during much of the past decade. Owners of homes and buildings containing the imported drywall have cited the high sulfur content product’s tendency to corrode mechanical and electrical system components.

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Mexico joint venture aligns Lafarge with world’s top wealth holder

Sources: Lafarge S.A., Paris; CP staff

Lafarge will boost its cement production stake south of the border in partnership with Elementia, a consortium whose holdings include concrete pipe and fiber cement siding businesses in Mexico, plus a cement mill under construction in the country’s central region. A joint venture will span a) Lafarge plants in Vito and Tula, with combined output near 1 million metric tons; and, b) the new mill, with which Elementia was chartering Cementos Fortaleza, whose capacity slightly exceeds the sister facilities’ total.

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