Holcim to cut water consumption 
in concrete, upstream operations

Holcim AG aims to reduce cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete operations’ respective water intensities by 33 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent through 2030. Applicable to namesake, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, Lattimore Materials and other North America or overseas brands, the targets are part of a global strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and preserving water and biodiversity, while bringing…

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Utelite brings lightweight aggregate to Holcim (US) portfolio

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; Holcim AG, Zug, Switzerland Holcim has closed on Utelite Corp., adding the Coalville, Utah expanded shale lightweight aggregate producer to Mountain Region materials operations serving Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix markets. Utelite mills lightweight or structural concrete-grade expanded shale in coarse, medium and three fine classes. Its deposit east of Salt Lake City has 60-plus years of…

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BMC adds ready mixed plants, enters precast market in Stewart deals

St. Louis aggregates and ready mixed top gun BMC Enterprises has entered precast concrete, acquiring Stewart Concrete Products of Halfway, Mo., and announced a strategic partnership with Stewart-Morrison Redi-Mix, Inc. of West Plains, Mo. Both will operate as BMC portfolio companies—sisters to the Breckenridge Material flagship brand. Acquired assets include five concrete products locations, eight ready mixed plants and two…

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Martin Marietta veteran Zais named Burnco Rock CEO

Sources: Burnco Rock Products Ltd., Calgary; CP staff Burnco Rock Products has appointed Tom Zais as chief executive officer, responsible for ready mixed concrete and aggregate businesses in Alberta, Colorado and Texas. He arrives from Martin Marietta Materials, where he served as Texas-based regional vice president – Ready Mix. That position followed vice president and general manager roles with Texas…

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Eagle Materials earns last laugh on Monday morning quarterback

Two years ago we saw Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc., slightly reeling from a fracking sand production play, heed an activist investor’s proposal for a Light Materials (wallboard, paperboard) and Heavy Materials (cement, aggregates, concrete) business split. The action had the aura of an opportunistic New Yorker swaggering into Texas to shed light on running a construction materials business.  Eagle Materials…

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Martin Marietta blazes Pacific trail in Lehigh Hanson West deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff Martin Marietta will significantly boost its West Coast presence in a $2.3 billion cash deal for the bulk of Lehigh Hanson West Region operations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Oregon. Anchoring the asset package are the Lehigh Cement Redding and Tehachapi, Calif. plants, with combined annual capacity upward of…

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New Enterprise enters Pennsylvania capital market in Hempt Bros. deal

Sources: New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., New Enterprise, Pa.; CP staff New Enterprise Stone & Lime has acquired all the outstanding stock of Harrisburg, Pa.-based Hempt Bros. Inc., which operates two ready mixed concrete, three aggregate and four hot mix asphalt plants, plus a heavy civil construction business. The facilities are ideally situated between the suitor’s Chambersburg and Allentown…

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Knife River closes on the assets of Wyoming’s McMurry Ready-Mix

Sources: MDU Resources Group, Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff Knife River Corp. has expanded its Intermountain Region footprint by acquiring the assets of McMurry Ready-Mix Co., a concrete and aggregates supplier based in Casper, Wyo. A McMurry concrete plant on the city’s west side will serve as a satellite to a Knife River ready mixed site on the east side. With…

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