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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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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