Béton Provincial solidifies Eastern Canada footprint with CRH assets

Béton Provincial Ltée of Quebec City, the largest Canadian-owned company in cement and concrete, has closed on a major asset transaction with CRH Canada Group Inc., netting: the Ash Grove Cement mill in Joliette, Quebec, plus one Solvay, N.Y., two Greater Montreal and three Labrador or Newfoundland terminals; nine Demix Béton ready mixed plants, seven in Greater Montreal, two in…

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Organizations – February 2024

The American Concrete Pavement Association has elected Ash Grove Cement Vice President of Sales – Midwest Ernie Peterson as 2024 chairman. Over a 25-year tenure with the cement, aggregate and concrete producer, he has served in multiple sales capacities, briefly departing for Fibermesh and Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association positions, and was named vice president in 2012. He was also…

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Buzzi Unicem and Ash Grove East executives lead PCA Board

Portland Cement Association members have elected Buzzi Unicem USA CEO Massimo Toso as board chairman and Ash Grove Cement East President Monica Manolas as vice chair, both for two-year terms. Toso succeeds Votorantim Cimentos North America CEO Filiberto Ruiz, who took the helm shortly after the October 2021 release of the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. A call to action…

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AWS data center concrete specs surpass 20,000 tCO2e savings

Amazon Web Services Director of Sustainability Chris Walker cites savings of 22,000-plus tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) in 2023 across 27 data center construction material schedules, owing to specification of lower carbon concrete and steel where possible. Coupled with the tCO2e metric, AWS continuously evaluates design criteria with an eye to streamlining material requirements “for everything from server racks…

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Cement, steel collaboration scales zero-emissions clinker production

Cambridge University researchers have conducted the first scrap-metal trial melt in the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) Cement 2 Zero project, aiming to prove the potential of cement clinker production using graded, recycled concrete material as flux in electric arc furnace (EAF) steel milling. The project entails a collaboration of MPI and Cambridge; construction materials producers CELSA Steel UK, Day Aggregates…

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Buzzi Unicem’s Toso, Ash Grove East’s Manolas lead PCA officer slate

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association members have elected Buzzi Unicem USA CEO Massimo Toso as board chairman and Ash Grove Cement East President Monica Manolas as vice chair, both for two-year terms. Toso succeeds Votorantim Cimentos North America CEO Filiberto Ruiz, who took the helm shortly after the October 2021 release of the PCA…

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EPA honors nine cement companies and PCA in 2021 Energy Star Awards

Thirteen of the 95 plants earning certification in the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star manufacturing category produce portland cement: Argos USA LLC, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Miami; Drake Cement, Paulden, Ariz.; GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo. and Rapid City, S.D.;…

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2019

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 2019 Excellence in Quality Awards recipients. The program recognizes producers that follow and exceed quality management principles guiding materials, production processes and delivered loads. Honored during the group’s ConcreteWorks conference last month in Florida were:

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ORGANIZATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2018

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GCC, Martin Marietta, Summit deals clear CRH path to Ash Grove closing

Sources: U.S. Federal Trade Commission; CP staff

CRH Americas will consummate a $3.5 billion acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Co. by month’s end following a June 14 settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that the deal violates antitrust law. Terms call for the Oldcastle Inc. parent company to sell a Three Forks, Mont., cement plant and quarry to GCC Americas; three Omaha, Neb., area sand & gravel sites to Martin Marietta Materials; plus, three quarries and two asphalt plants near Kansas City to Summit Materials. The settlement also contains two three-year provisions: It grants GCC an option to use two Three Forks-fed CRH terminals in Alberta; and, holds that CRH, at GCC’s option, will purchase cement from the mill for distribution in Canada.

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