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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Permit compliance app paves Holcim Group ESG path

Chicago-based Holcim US will soon complete deployment of the Connected Worker environmental compliance platform throughout cement, aggregate and ready mixed operations. San Francisco software developer Parsable bills Connected Worker as a combination of a no-code platform and easy-to-use mobile app. The technology enables Holcim US to capture, record and analyze environmental work data in near real time, ultimately decreasing compliance…

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Advisor FMI factors IIJA, labor, M&A in 2022 Construction Materials Outlook

Sources: FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff FMI Capital Advisors, a leading investment banking firm for aggregate, concrete, asphalt producers and their customers, examines key drivers and challenges its 2022 Construction Materials Outlook. Themed “Seizing the Opportunities Ahead,” the report also assesses 2021 producer and contractor merger & acquisition activity.

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Aggregate Industries Pacific Northwest adds Cowden operations

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff LafargeHolcim has acquired the ready mixed concrete and aggregate assets of Cowden Inc. in Bellingham, Wash., consummating the transaction through its Aggregate Industries subsidiary.  “The acquisition strengthens our presence in this strong growth market while contributing to Aggregate Industries’ overall strategy to expand our range of sustainable construction materials,” says René Thibault, head of North…

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Cemex, CRH, Heidelberg, Holcim school GHG emissions auditors

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Holcim AG, Zug, Switzerland; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff Three of the top five global cement, aggregate and concrete producers have made the 2021 Climate Disclosure Project A List, reflecting transparency in environmental impact, greenhouse gas emissions management and water resource metrics. Cemex, HeidelbergCement and Holcim are among 200 A List/Climate category performers…

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LafargeHolcim, CenterPoint enter 6-million ton ash recycling phase

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff LafargeHolcim and waste management subsidiary Geocycle have logged the first coal ash shipment in a multi-year initiative with CenterPoint Energy Inc. Delivered by barge via the Mississippi River, the 2,000-ton load will replace natural clay and fine aggregate as raw feeds at the Holcim (US) Ste. Genevieve mill in Missouri, North America’s largest cement operation.…

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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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