Investors like advanced talks of possible Holcim, Lafarge merger

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

Two of top five global players in concrete, cement and aggregates confirm  discussions surrounding a potential “merger of equals which builds on the strengths and identities of the two companies,” but stipulate that no deal has been reached nor can assurance be given that discussions will lead to definitive agreement.

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Paris-based Saint-Gobain anticipates a firstquarter 2014 closing on the sale of its RoaringRiver, N.C.; Terre Haute, Ind.; and, WhiteCity, Ore., fiber cement siding facilities toAlpharetta, Ga.-based Plycem USA Inc., whichdistributes fiber cement trim sourced from aCosta Rica plant.

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Lafarge Canada consolidates management responsibilities under Cartmel, Thibault

Source: Lafarge Group, Paris

Lafarge Group has appointed as senior leaders for Canada and U.S.-bordering businesses Bob Cartmel, six Eastern Provinces, and René Thibault, four Western Provinces, three Territories, plus the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest. Based in Toronto and Calgary, respectively, they are responsible for all operational, marketing and functional elements of aggregate, asphalt, cement, concrete (ready-mix, pipe and precast), and construction and paving operations.

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