Cement, fly ash producers commit 100-plus truckloads to CIM Auction pool

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee; CP staff

Cemex USA, Holcim (US) Inc., Lafarge North America, Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Titan America have each donated 10 truckloads of portland cement to the 10th annual CIM Auction, February 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center—in conjunction with the 2015 World of Concrete.

 
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Oldcastle parent confirms Lafarge, Holcim asset interest

Sources: CP staff; CRH Plc, Dublin

CRH is among suitors for certain assets Switzerland’s Holcim Ltd. and Paris-based Lafarge SA have bundled for sale, thereby advancing a merger the producers hope to consummate by mid-year. Assets on the table include Holcim Canada Inc. and a host of overseas cement, concrete and aggregate businesses.

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Holcim improves safety, carbon, water metrics

Holcim Group’s 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report

Holcim Group’s 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report details ongoing activities in sustainable development and discloses data on a number of key sustainability performance indicators. “Reflecting our vision to provide foundations for society’s future sustainable environmental performance and corporate responsibility are firm parts of Holcim’s business strategy,” notes CEO Bernard Fontana. “This mindset has also been part of the foundation of our Holcim Leadership Journey and the performance indicators we release with the report confirm that we are making further progress in reaching our sustainability targets.”

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Hanson UK veteran named Aggregate Industries US COO

Guy Edwards

Guy Edwards has been appointed Aggregate Industries US chief operating officer, bringing a resume spanning management roles for the United Kingdom operations of Hanson, Tarmac and Aggregate Industries predecessor, Bardon. He will be tasked with strategy implementation and business improvement, and assessing the organization’s structure, efficiency and performance.

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Ozinga RMC integrates Aggregate Industries/Meyer Material’s Illinois sites

A definitive agreement with Aggregate Industries US, centered on ready mixed production and fleet assets at 14 Meyer Material Co. sites, has netted Ozinga Bros. Inc. an expanded footprint across seven northern Illinois counties. The deal transfers concrete plant operation and delivery to Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, while Aggregate Industries/Meyer Material maintains six aligned sand & gravel properties.

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LafargeHolcim dovetails stepped up U.S., Canadian regulator cooperation

Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. officials see financial benefits and integration possibilities in their proposed “merger of equals,” netting LafargeHolcim—present in 90 countries with $44 billion in sales; 470 million and 384 million tons of cement and aggregate shipments, respectively; plus, 90 million yd. of ready mixed production. The strategy they outlined in Zurich and Paris last month leads to a mid-2015 1:1 share exchange, the merged business operating under executives and directors drawn equally from both companies.

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Holcim, Lafarge map year-long merger, expedited asset sale plans

Sources: Holcim Ltd., Zurich; Lafarge SA, Paris; CP staff

Holcim and Lafarge officials outlined in April 7 presentations to European Union analysts the financial rationale and integration strategies behind a “merger of equals,” netting LafargeHolcim—present in 90 countries and accounting for $44 billion in sales; 470 million and 384 million tons of cement and aggregate shipments, respectively; plus, 90 million yd. of ready mixed production.

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