Cemex, CRH, Holcim, Heidelberg lead Alliance’s CO2 emissions reduction gauge

Sources: World Benchmarking Alliance, Amsterdam; CP staff Cement producer prevalence in the World Benchmarking Alliance/Heavy Industries Benchmark upper ranks underscores global or multinational operators’ rapid progress in carbon dioxide emissions reduction. Four of the top five—indeed, seven of the top 10—Heavy Industries names need little introduction in cement and concrete circles: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., CRH Plc, Holcim Ltd. rank…

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Feds unveil $1.6B in Cement and Concrete decarbonization opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has named four portland cement producers and two alternative binder start-ups as candidates for $1.6 billion in funds steered to projects lowering the carbon footprint of finished concrete. Heidelberg Materials North America and National Cement Company of California lead the way with their respective projects, Mitchell Cement Plant Decarbonization…

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Producers – March 2024

ORCO Block & Hardscape CEO Rick Muth has assumed a new role as chairman and appointed Dave Echternach as his successor. Echternach has a nearly 20-year track record of leadership success at the Stanton, Calif. concrete masonry operator, serving as sales manager and vice president. He joined ORCO after tours of duty in financing, rental operations, product support and sales…

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NRMCA Concrete Innovations Awards

Now in its second year, the program recognizes outstanding achievement in concrete design and construction. Early this month, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association selected the winners of the 2024 NRMCA Concrete Innovations Awards. Ten projects demonstrate outstanding achievements in performance even as they lower environmental impacts, such as embodied and operational carbon footprints. To help you fully understand the…

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Agency flags $1.6B in Cement and Concrete carbon project opportunities

Sources: U.S. Department of Energy; CP staff The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has named four portland cement producers and two alternative binder start-ups as candidates for $1.6 billion in funds steered to projects lowering the carbon footprint of finished concrete. Heidelberg Materials and National Cement Company of California lead the way with their respective…

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Argos USA merger positions Summit Materials as top five U.S. cement player

At levels just under 100 percent, Summit Materials Inc. shareholders approved proposals at the heart of a September 2023 agreement with Colombia-based Cementos Argos S.A., paving the path for a mid-January merger of Summit Materials and Argos North America Corp. Valued at $3.2 billion, the merger creates the fourth-largest U.S. cement producer—behind Holcim US, Heidelberg Materials and Ash Grove—and significantly…

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ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2023 Environmental Excellence Awards program honors nine plants. Now in its 28th year, the program offers producer members national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound environmental management practices. It salutes operators that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance requirements and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through…

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Producers – November 2023

Nearly a year after joining Teamsters Local 174 of Tukwila, Wash., 50 Corliss Resources drivers ratified a contract with the Seattle market ready mixed producer. Contract terms include wage increases, employer-paid family Teamster health care coverage, pension contributions, and work rules to protect bargaining unit members. A decision on Teamsters representation followed the producer’s January 2022 acquisition by Heidelberg Materials.…

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Heidelberg Materials raises slag cement footprint through Levy agreement

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Dearborn, Mich.-based Edw. C. Levy Co. will provide Heidelberg Materials a projected 400,000-plus tons of slag granules annually, sourced from domestic sites, under a new supply contract. The granules will be delivered to a Speed, Ind. operation that Heidelberg Materials is converting from legacy cement plant to advanced cementitious materials grinding,…

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Heidelberg Materials seals global cement production model in U.S. Heartland

Heidelberg North America CEO Chris Ward and German parent company Chairman Dominik von Achten ushered a new era for their 120-year-old cement operation in Mitchell, Ind. during a mid-June customer, employee, and public or private partner gathering. Amid new material handling, calciner, kiln and finishing equipment equal to 2.4 million metric tons per year, they dedicated an operation set to…

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