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W.B. “Bill” Allen, 1930–2012

One of the best-known management consultants and financial advisors to concrete, aggregate and cement producers, William B. Allen, died late last month in Memphis after a prolonged illness. Just past the midpoint of his nearly six decades in construction materials, he transitioned from independent business owner in a market destined for consolidation, to a valuation expert involved in transactions shaping current ready mixed, precast concrete and aggregate production leaders.

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Precast Show attendance rebounds; 2013 schedule moves ahead

Crediting cautious construction market optimism among producers and their suppliers, National Precast Concrete Association reports a significant spike in floor traffic over prior year figures for the Precast Show, co-located with the 2012 Icon Expo in Orlando. The March 1–3 event marked official attendance of 3,692 and 1,000-plus units of training delivered—the highest for the show’s education component since 2008.

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Briefs April 2012

PRODUCERS

James Anderegg, a partner and past president of Mutual Materials Co., received the National Concrete Masonry Association Lifetime Achievement Award during the group's 2012 convention in Orlando. He joined the Bellevue, Wash.-producer in the late 1980s and was instrumental in leading the company's growth throughout the Pacific Northwest through acquisitions and greenfield plant development.

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