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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CalPortland appeals to Supreme Court in Teamsters case decision

Sources: CP Staff; U.S. Supreme Court; Coalition for a Democratic Workplace CalPortland Co. has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Washington State Supreme Court’s dismissal of a suit in which the cement, aggregate and concrete producer seeks restitution for property damage that International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 174 officers and members caused during commencement of a strike. Court…

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CalPortland, Martin Marietta ink third cement plant deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff Glendora, Calif.-based CalPortland Co. will build on cement production leadership (> 4 million tons, annual capacity) in its home state after entering a definitive agreement to acquire Martin Marietta Materials’ 1 million ton/year Tehachapi plant and companion terminals. Scheduled for an early-2023 closing, the $350 million transaction was announced six weeks after…

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CalPortland, Cemex, Ozinga, PCA compound Energy Star records

Four familiar names in construction materials are among 210 U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency 2022 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recipients. CalPortland Co., Cemex USA and Ozinga Bros. Inc. earned awards in the Energy Management category, Portland Cement Association in Energy Management Program Delivery. The 2022 Partner naming marks 18 consecutive years of such recognition…

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NRMCA’s Digital Transformation

The association’s latest task group champions the latest advances in technology. By Craig Yeack Once upon a time, the winners and losers in our industry were separated mainly by one thing: pricing power. Be it through consolidation, vertical integration, or just being a superior operator, pricing power is an economic term that describes a company’s ability to raise prices without…

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CalPortland, Cemex, Ozinga, PCA earn Energy Star Partner recognition

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Four familiar names in construction materials are among 210 U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency 2022 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recipients. The 2022 Partner naming marks 18 consecutive years of such recognition for CalPortland, four years for Cemex, and three years for Ozinga and PCA.

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Portland-limestone cement uptake: 44 states and counting

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Recent portland-limestone cement (PLC) approvals by the Arizona and Maryland Departments of Transportation, plus the Vermont Agency of Transportation, bring to 44 the total of state authorities recognizing the material in specifications for concrete pavement, bridge and other structures. The approvals will accelerate a Portland Cement Association-tracked PLC consumption trajectory eclipsing 6…

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CalPortland Mojave plant all in on portland-limestone cement

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff CalPortland plans full conversion of its 1.3 million ton/year capacity Mojave plant, located 75 miles north of the Los Angeles Basin, to the branded Advancement HS portland-limestone cement. Scheduled for completion by the third quarter, the switch from ordinary portland to Type IL cement will reduce the facility’s carbon emissions by 10 percent…

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CalPortland moves CNG power upstream, from mixers to bulk tankers

Eyeing deliveries throughout southern California, CalPortland Co. is deploying compressed natural gas-powered bulk tankers as part of strategy to capture fuel economy and lower the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with cement production at its Oro Grande plant. The producer has staged 24 CNG-fueled tractors with double bulk trailers along a slow-fill island station and related fueling infrastructure at the…

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CalPortland migrates CNG power from concrete mixers to cement bulk tankers

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff  Eyeing deliveries throughout southern California, CalPortland is deploying a compressed natural gas bulk tanker fleet as part of a strategy to capture fuel economy and lower the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with cement production at its Oro Grande plant. The producer has staged 24 CNG-fueled tractors with double bulk trailers along a…

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