Ivy League professor quantifies high social costs of wood construction fires

Sources: Build with Strength Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With special attention to incidents involving Los Angeles multi-family developments, a study from Columbia University Adjunct Assistant Professor Urvashi Kaul offers a cost-benefit analysis showing wood-framed residential building fires’ economic impact on citizens and local governments. 

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New Command Alkon branding conveys ‘amazing’ message

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

A reimagined brand, story and logo establish a new identity for Command Alkon and include a mantra, “Together We Build Amazing,” capturing the essence of “the why” for people across heavy building materials production. The move celebrates what management notes is “the commitment from contractors, concrete producers, raw material suppliers and haulers to drive digital transformation—marking a meaningful moment for the industry, the company, and the people who collectively build our world.”

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CRH chief measures company’s unique leverage in sustainability movement

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

“With global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, the way people interact with buildings, infrastructure and cities will change. CRH is leading the way through innovation to help shape the structures of the future, in collaboration with our valued customers and partners,” notes Albert Manifold, chief executive of the Oldcastle Inc. parent company in “Creating a Sustainable Built Environment – CRH Sustainability Report 2017.”

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Command Alkon builds digital answer to 250 million paper tickets

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

A new Command Alkon electronic ticket management system allows contractors, haulers and suppliers to interact and work together by streamlining their order through goods acceptance processes. BuildIt equips users to order, receive and account for materials being delivered to the job site—all on a centralized platform that integrates with virtually any ticketing software.

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Thomas Concrete builds Southeast footprint in Vulcan RM plant deal

Sources: Thomas Concrete Group AB, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff

Thomas Concrete recently acquired 21 Georgia ready mixed concrete production sites—eight active, the remaining idle or in standby mode—from Vulcan Materials Co. They strengthen Thomas Concrete’s metro Atlanta presence and bring the U.S. footprint of its Swedish parent company to 70 plants across Georgia and the Carolinas. 

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InterCement taps Wall Street with Big Board listing of Argentina’s Loma Negra

Sources: Loma Negra Cia Industria Argentina SA, Buenos Aires; InterCement, Sao Paulo; CP staff

Argentina’s top cement producer raised nearly $1.1 billion in an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares (ADS), trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol LOMA. The early-November IPO saw the sale of 53,530,000 million ADS, priced at $19 each and representing five ordinary shares as traded on Bolsa y Mercados Argentinos S.A., Loma Negra’s home exchange.

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Cemex prepares launch of fully digital account management platform

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

This month will see Cemex ready mixed, cement and aggregate operations in the U.S. and Mexico kick off a year-long, global deployment of Cemex Go, billed as a fully digital suite of services to help reduce customers’ administrative burden and free up time to focus on strategic business matters. Customers registering for the application will be able to work with the producer anytime and anywhere using multiple devices; review transaction histories; track shipments real-time via GPS; receive instant order status notifications; adjust orders; and, have full visibility and transparency of information they need to better manage their businesses.

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Market leaders, cement suppliers form UtahRMCA, team with NRMCA

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA has announced a partnership with the newly formed Utah Ready Mixed Concrete Association (URMCA), citing it as the latest example of national, regional and state leaders working toward the common goal of making ready mixed concrete the building material of choice across all sectors of the built environment.

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Oldcastle parent nets $2.6 billion in Americas Distribution business sale

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.; CP staff

CRH is set to shed a sizable slice of its legacy Oldcastle Inc. portfolio, selling its Allied Building Products-anchored Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, North America’s the largest publicly traded wholesale roofing and building materials distributor.

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