General Shale optimizes legacy, new brands in Meridian Brick assimilation

Sources: General Shale, Johnson City, Tenn.; CP staff General Shale, the top producer of clay brick and sustainable building solutions in North America, has adopted the Canada Brick, Michigan Brick and Red River Brick brands to succeed the production and sales locations of Meridian Brick, acquired earlier this fall. The company is also assigning established and highly regarded General Shale…

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General Shale-Meridian order serves as latest case of antitrust law limits

By Don Marsh The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ordered General Shale and Meridian Brick LLC to divest three plants, 14 showrooms and distribution yards, plus six mines in a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit challenging the producers’ merger, consummated early last month. The agency filed the settlement and suit-triggering complaint in the U.S. District Court for the…

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Feds stipulate asset sale tied to General Shale’s Meridian takeover

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; CP staff The Justice Department Antitrust Division calls for General Shale Brick and Meridian Brick LLC to divest three plants, 14 showrooms and distribution yards, plus six mines in a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit challenging the producers’ merger. The agency filed the settlement and suit-triggering complaint in the U.S. District Court…

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Meridian Brick deal amplifies General Shale’s commanding role in masonry

Sources: General Shale, Johnson City, Tenn.; Weinerberger AG, Vienna; CP staff Clay and concrete unit giant General Shale has entered an agreement to acquire the top source of masonry solutions in North America, Atlanta-based Meridian Brick, for $250 million. Formed in 2016 as a successor to the merged Boral Brick and (post-Hanson Brick) Forterra Brick businesses, Meridian operates 20 plants…

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ORGANIZATIONS – FEBRUARY 2020

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Doug Dayton, P.E., has been named president of the American Concrete Pipe Association, transitioning from that same capacity at Professional Services Industries Inc., a major consulting engineer and construction materials testing firm.

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General Shale’s Smith chairs Brick Industry Association

Charles Smith, chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, has been elected Brick Industry Association chairman, succeeding Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co., Selma, Ala. Prior to his 2014 appointment as CEO, Smith served as president and chief operating officer, and was credited with steering General Shale—one of the top North American operators in clay brick— through the economic downturn and revitalizing product development.

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Basalite raises Rocky Mountain market stake in General Shale asset deal

Sources: Basalite Building Products LLC, Roseville, Calif.; CP staff

Basalite has acquired Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo., concrete block production assets—plus a retail showroom adjacent to the latter site—from Tennessee-based General Shale, best known for leadership in clay masonry. The deal extends the Rocky Mountain market presence of Basalite, which has concrete masonry production in Boise, Idaho, and Denver.

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PRODUCERS – JUNE 2016

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Summit Materials Inc., Denver, has acquired Sierra Ready Mix, LLC, which serves the Las Vegas market from one sand & gravel pit and two concrete plants. The deal brings the suitor’s largest integrated materials and road-building business, Kilgore Companies, into a fourth state, Nevada, alongside Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

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General Shale imparts color, texture variety in new stone and brick products

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Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale enters 2016 with new concrete and clay masonry selections and colors—providing builders, architects and design professionals a wide range of hue, texture and size combinations for meeting current residential and commercial building trends.

 
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