Concrete Masonry Unit Sales Survey tracks modest year-over-year gains

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff The 2020 NCMA CMU Sales Survey, reflecting data from 187 plants, shows respective 2019 increases of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in the U.S. and Canada against prior year figures. In 8-in. unit equivalent terms, producers shipped 1.17 billion block in the U.S. and 101.5 million block in Canada last year. 

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Environmental StoneWorks shifts to Cornerstone umbrella

Sources: NCI Building Systems, Inc., Cary, N.C.; CP staff

Two months after joining the Ply Gem Building Products business by way of a nine-figure deal, Denver-based precast concrete veneer producer Environmental StoneWorks will be among Cornerstone Building Brands. The latter spans the exterior products businesses of NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem, which merged in 2018, and is set to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CNR” pending shareholder approval next month.

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Eldorado Stone-backed veneer study pegs savings in cement board substrate

Sources: National Gypsum, Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff

National Association of Home Builders Association-affiliated Home Innovation Research Labs finds that using PermaBase Cement Board as a substrate in exterior wall systems with modified veneer mortar reduces adhered stone installation time by 35 percent and total installed cost by 6 percent against traditional lath-and-cement mortar base alternatives. 

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Headwaters acquires majority stake in Florida roof tile business

Sources: Headwaters Inc., South Jordan, Utah; Lincoln Intl., Chicago; CP staff

Headwaters has closed on separate transactions involving an 80 percent equity interest in Okeechobee, Fla.-based Roof Tile Inc., which produces and markets Entegra brand concrete lines in Florida and Caribbean markets, plus a 40 percent stake in a related joint venture behind Tag & Stick, a roofing underlayment product.

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