Lawmaker maps Texas-sized batch plant, community buffer zones

Sources: Office of Texas Senator Donna Campbell, Austin; CP staff

The recently filed Senate Bill 208 seeks to amend a State of Texas Health and Safety Code section governing concrete batch plant and concrete recycling sites, whereby new facilities would be required to have a minimum distance of 880 yards, or .5 mile, from existing homes, schools or houses of worship—double the present requirement. 

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LafargeHolcim has acquired Tarrant Concrete Co., which operates three ready mixed plants on two sites, and builds on a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex platform created under Holcim (US). With 90 employees and annual sales hovering $40 million, Tarrant Concrete becomes the first bolt-on transaction in domestic ready mixed production since the Aggregate Industries U.S. and Holcim (US) businesses, along with Lafarge North America, were brought under LafargeHolcim Ltd. in the 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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Vulcan, Martin Marietta, Oldcastle top USGS crushed stone ranking

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; Rock Products

The top 20 crushed stone producers accounted for 743 million metric tons, or 55 percent of the 2016 U.S. output, according to a report USGS Commodity Specialist Jason Willet prepared from the most current shipment data available. He also finds that the top 100 operators’ limestone and granite production totaled 1.02 billion mt, or 75 percent of industry shipments, in 2016. The 294 leading companies in his survey, representing 20 percent of operators tracked, were responsible for 1.21 billion mt or 89 percent of output. 

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Thomas Concrete builds Southeast footprint in Vulcan RM plant deal

Sources: Thomas Concrete Group AB, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff

Thomas Concrete recently acquired 21 Georgia ready mixed concrete production sites—eight active, the remaining idle or in standby mode—from Vulcan Materials Co. They strengthen Thomas Concrete’s metro Atlanta presence and bring the U.S. footprint of its Swedish parent company to 70 plants across Georgia and the Carolinas. 

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Feds lighten Vulcan-bound Aggregates USA asset haul

Sources: CP staff; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; U.S. Department of Justice

Vulcan Materials closed its planned $900 million acquisition of 36-site Aggregates USA on the final business day of 2017, along with a companion $290 million transaction through investor Blue Water Industries. The latter involves the sale of 17 Tennessee and Virginia quarries and yards, and abides a Department of Justice Antitrust Division settlement addressing coarse-aggregate production overlap between Vulcan and Aggregates USA in southwest Virginia, plus the Knoxville and Tri-Cities, Tenn., markets. Vulcan will assimilate the remainder of the portfolio—three Georgia quarries and 16 rail distribution yards in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina—into its Southeast platform.

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Denver-based Summit Materials, Inc. has begun a search for a successor to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Rauh, who will leave the aggregate and ready mixed producer at year end. In the interim, Executive Vice Presidents Damian Murphy (East Segment), Shane Evans (West Segment) and Tom Beck (Cement Segment) will report directly to Summit CEO Tom Hill.

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U.S. Concrete lands key aggregates assets, upping the Vulcan ante for Polaris

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has secured a premium aggregates source to integrate with its 12-plant Central Concrete Supply Co. ready mixed business in northern California. The producer bested a Vulcan Materials offer for Vancouver, B.C.-based Polaris Materials Corp., which distributes sand & gravel from a major Vancouver Island deposit through five San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles market sites.

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Oldcastle Materials, Vulcan veteran Brown named Forterra CFO

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Concrete pipe and precast drainage products leader Forterra has appointed Charlie Brown as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served in the latter capacity at Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials, leading more than 500 associates in finance, accounting, risk management and real estate personnel; implementing cost savings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and improved business reporting initiatives; and, participating in 100-plus acquisitions.

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Vulcan Materials builds California concrete aggregates reserves in Polaris deal

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Polaris Materials Corp., Vancouver, B.C.; CP staff

Vulcan Materials has strengthened its supply chain for California concrete customers through a friendly takeover of Toronto Stock Exchange-traded Polaris Materials, which operates a sand & gravel plant and deep water port on Vancouver Island plus five distribution yards in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles markets.

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