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Northeast Newcomer

Convening in Montreal are (from left) McInnis Cement Senior Vice President, Commercial & Logistics Jim Braselton, Chief Executive Officer Christian Gagnon and Senior Vice President, Operations Gaetan Vezina.McInnis Cement orients greenfield plant to broad Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast market footprint

By Don Marsh

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and business leaders convened in late-January to outline a financial structure for an export-driven start up, McInnis Cement. The company will commence spring 2014 construction of a “shovel ready,” $1 billion project: An advanced portland cement mill with ultimate annual capacity upward of 2.5 million tonnes (2.75 million tons), plus marine terminal equipped to load 2,000 tonnes (2,200 tons)/hour.

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Front Line Excellence

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 18th Annual Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding nominees across the country. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees’ competence, driving skills, number of years without an on- or off-road accident, and colleague or customer testimonials. 

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ConExpo-Con/Agg will open next month with the industry and attendees enjoying signals of market strengths and business prospects absent in the prior two shows, 2008 and 2011. Concrete plant and fleet equipment manufacturers are set to arrive in Las Vegas with renewed optimism for market improvement.

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