Blue Circle legacy fades as Lafarge NA unloads Georgia quarries

Sources: CP staff; Bluegrass Materials Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

Lafarge North America’s sale of its Georgia quarries-four to Bluegrass Materials, two to Vulcan Materials-marks a retreat from the Southeast and Blue Circle America assets parent company Lafarge Group placed under its control the past 12 years.

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NCMA poised to envelope Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

NCMA and Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association officials will meet this week with an eye to finalizing an agreement enabling MVMA producers to join NCMA as regular members. Discussions will dovetail the MVMA board meeting, scheduled in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

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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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