Instrumental Workhorse

The past decade’s top two mergers in North American cement, aggregate and concrete—Lafarge Group + Holcim Ltd. and HeidelbergCement AG + Italcementi S.p.A.—have spurred realignment of markets up the Atlantic Seaboard, across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi. Of all the markets those deals and their asset divestitures impacted, none stands out quite like Toronto, where a case study…

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Meet the Women in Ready Mixed Concrete Technology

October is Careers in Construction Month, and an excellent opportunity to build your workforce by introducing women to the concrete industry (and concrete tech jobs). Hedy Lamarr, best known as a beautiful actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, was a brilliant thinker. She co-invented a frequency-hopping system used to prevent Axis powers from jamming torpedoes during World War II, which later…

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Producers – July 2023

Vulcan Materials Co. was named as one of the top 200 Best Companies to Work For by U.S. News and World Report, concurrent with the producer’s inclusion in the 2023 Fortune 500 list of U.S. companies. When compiling the former list, U.S. News editors factor quality of pay and benefits; work/life balance and flexibility; job and company stability; physical and…

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KNF rings in post-MDU era to New York Stock Exchange cheers

“Our team is well-established and prepared to be on our own as a pure-play construction materials and contracting services company,” said CEO Brian Gray, speaking on behalf of nearly 6,000 Knife River aggregate, concrete, asphalt and construction professionals. “We are focused on building America’s infrastructure and delivering long-term value for our shareholders.” “Completing the spinoff of Knife River brings us…

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Knife River marks MDU split with ringing of NYSE Opening Bell

Sources: Knife River Corp., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff Knife River Corp. has successfully completed a spinoff from longtime parent company, MDU Resources Group Inc., and announced a new name to replace an interim identity, Knife River Holding Co., adopted for a 10-month separation process. Against a backdrop of signature orange and KNF trading symbol, Knife River officials assembled above the…

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Cemex turns page on 1990s signature

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex has unveiled an updated brand consistent with a corporate goal of helping the world reach the next frontier of sustainable living by becoming a more agile, innovative, and approachable company. The global cement, aggregate and concrete producer is changing its logo for the first time in more than 30 years,…

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CalPortland asks the Supreme Court to draw a line on union recklessness

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this term involving one of the West Coast’s top cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete players (note Government Affairs, page 11). CalPortland Co. counsel will demonstrate why justices should reverse a Washington State Supreme Court decision shielding International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 174 from liability in a 2017 Seattle plant stunt…

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Lehigh Hanson brand sunset signals a new worldwide identity

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff Lehigh Hanson plans a Q1 2023 transition to Heidelberg Materials, following German parent company HeidelbergCement AG’s adoption of the new banner, effective September 20. Heidelberg Materials represents “a brand with global reach and focus on sustainability, digitalization and leadership in the building materials industry,” management notes. In North America, it will unify—and…

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Lafarge Canada EV charging stations: LD fleet necessity + employee perk

Lafarge Western Canada, Calgary, has powered four electric vehicle charging stations at its Kent Ave. Ready Mix Concrete Plant in Vancouver, B.C.—the first of 100 such installations the producer has planned for a light-duty fleet switch to EVs by 2025. The fleet supports sales and logistics team members at concrete, aggregate and cement operations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and…

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Natural gas-powered mixers, tractors roll into Cemex fleet

In one of the latest moves to achieve carbon neutrality in cement, aggregate and concrete production and delivery by 2050, Cemex USA has added 30 mixer trucks and eight tractors, all running on compressed natural gas or renewable natural gas. The vehicles are earmarked for the Lytle Creek operation in Rialto, Calif., where work on natural gas compressor and fueling…

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