PRODUCERS – June 2022

Holcim Ltd. has acquired Cajun Ready Mix Concrete, which leads the Baton Rouge, La. market with eight plants and 51-mixer truck fleet. The business is strategic to Lafarge ready mixed operations in New Orleans and becomes the latest bolt-on under Holcim’s Aggregates & Construction Materials U.S. umbrella. “This acquisition expands our footprint in the dynamic Baton Rouge market, confirming our…

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What’s in a Name?

A ready mixed concrete truck is more than a “truck.” It’s a mobile manufacturing environment. William Shakespeare might be tempted to say a truck by any other name is still a truck, but in the ready mixed concrete industry, a mixer truck is really a mobile manufacturing environment, or MME. Let’s take a few moments to “smell the roses.” One…

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CarbonCure carbon credit purchase agreement: $30 million over 10 years

Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has signed a pioneering carbon credit purchase agreement underpinned by the company’s process of mineralizing and storing carbon dioxide in ready mixed or manufactured concrete. Valued at $30 million over a 10-year window, it entails majority and minority funding partners, Invert Inc. of Calgary and Ripple Inc. of Ottawa, providing up front capital in exchange for…

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Lifting to accolades

Design-build specialist Keystone Construction Company has received the St. Louis Concrete Council’s 2021 Quality Concrete Award for work at The Factory entertainment venue in Chesterfield, Mo. The 52,000-sq.-ft., tilt-up building is the first performance venue to be built from the ground up in the region in over 20 years.  The venue was constructed using more than 50,000 square feet of…

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OSHA rules on fatality involving powered mixer drum work

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff OSHA has proposed $43,500 in penalties after determining that a Northeast ready mixed concrete producer could have prevented a worker from suffering fatal injuries during an October 2021 mixer truck repair. As the worker attempted to secure a fabricated plate near the discharge chute, the mixer drum began to turn and the…

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Report gauges building codes’ impact on embodied carbon in project specs

Sources: New Buildings Institute, Portland, Ore.; CP staff  The most recent New Buildings Institute (NBI) report offers language to incorporate embodied carbon requirements in codes, and explains the need for jurisdictions to address such criteria for materials or products with the highest carbon dioxide emissions factors. “Lifecycle GHG Impacts in Building Codes” presents potential CO2 benchmarks or thresholds for ready mixed…

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Aggregate Industries Pacific Northwest adds Cowden operations

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff LafargeHolcim has acquired the ready mixed concrete and aggregate assets of Cowden Inc. in Bellingham, Wash., consummating the transaction through its Aggregate Industries subsidiary.  “The acquisition strengthens our presence in this strong growth market while contributing to Aggregate Industries’ overall strategy to expand our range of sustainable construction materials,” says René Thibault, head of North…

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Asset gains and carbon cuts equal an extraordinary year

By Don Marsh The close of any other calendar might confine this column to revisiting a merger and acquisition wave across ready mixed and manufactured concrete, but 2021 could be remembered as much for carbon dioxide emissions action as cement, aggregate and concrete production investment. On the latter front, stock prices for public companies and high valuations for private peers…

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Astec and CarbonCure Technologies enter sales, service partnership

Tennessee-based plant equipment leader Astec Industries has become exclusive ready mixed concrete market channel partner in the U.S. and Canada for CarbonCure Technologies. Collaboration with the Halifax, Nova Scotia developer of namesake carbon dioxide injection and mineralization technology for fresh concrete supports sustainability measures under the OneAstec business model. Astec’s BMH, Con-E-Co and RexCon concrete batch plant brands will offer…

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Holcim to cut water consumption 
in concrete, upstream operations

Holcim AG aims to reduce cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete operations’ respective water intensities by 33 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent through 2030. Applicable to namesake, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, Lattimore Materials and other North America or overseas brands, the targets are part of a global strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and preserving water and biodiversity, while bringing…

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