Solid market conditions amplify Texas producers’ return to normal

Speakers at the 67th annual Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association meeting, staged last month in San Antonio, offered 450-plus attendees a sampling of production, economic and demographic data well worth the price of admission.

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PRODUCERS – June 2021

Anderson Concrete Corp., one of Ohio’s oldest and largest ready mixed concrete producers, has named Rod Jenkins as vice president of Production, following nine years as quality control manager. He has worn many hats within the organization, beginning as a driver in 1998 and soon moving to the plant department, where he climbed the ranks from laborer and operator to…

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Aggregate supply, hauling contract fraud nets hefty fine, lengthy sentence

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division

A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced Chester L. Neal, Jr. of Bourbon Oak, Mo., to a 57-month jail term and ordered him to pay $3.735 million in restitution following a guilty plea to one count of mail fraud. Admissions in connection with the plea indicate a July 2008–December 2017 scheme during which the defendant landed contracts to purchase and transport rock, gravel and other raw materials to federal agency sites. 

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Euclid Chemical lands patent for low-dust, epoxy grout aggregate

Sources: Euclid Chemical Co., Cleveland; CP staff

A new patent covers dust-limiting aggregate in Euclid Chemical’s E3 epoxy grout series. Researchers developed the DL Technology to support worker safety by reducing the amount of handling and mixing dust in re-grouting routines typical of manufacturing or process equipment movement. 

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Fixed, portable aggregate moisture sensors suit batch plants, field testing

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The SonoVario-Xtrem sensor measures on-line moisture of aggregates up to 1-1/4-in. with accuracy, repeatability and reliability. Cable Radar technology, positioning the sensor in direct contact with material being measured, allows installation under hopper gates to log each batch’s sand and stone moisture. Sono-Vario-Xtrem sensors are delivered with 15 pre-installed, linear material calibrations for all standard construction materials. Free interface software supports calibration and simulation of the analog interface integration, plus setting and parameter adjustment. An auto-zero function keeps moisture readings accurate over the long term, even with highly abrasive limestone.

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Lafarge R&D, Holcim Apasco veterans to oversee LafargeHolcim Americas

The 10-member LafargeHolcim Ltd. Executive Committee has been realigned to reflect an evolved global cement, aggregate and concrete production asset portfolio, and close an integration phase commencing with the July 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger. Representing the Western Hemisphere are region heads Pascal Casanova, North America, and Oliver Osswald, Central & South America.

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PCA, USGS confirm hard figures in 2015 cement, aggregate consumption gains

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The recently released PCA U.S. Year-End Report finds 2015 cement consumption rising 3.8 percent above prior year figures, to 105 million short tons, while a companion document from a principal PCA data source—the U.S. Geological Survey—shows a 6 percent increase for construction aggregates shipments over the same window.

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