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Industry exhibits positive pulse across Las Vegas acreage

ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage last month in Las Vegas with what organizers dub “tremendous energy and serious buyers.” Registration was just shy of 130,000, second only to the events’ 2005 staging, while new scale records were set with 2,400 exhibitors occupying 2.5 million sq. ft of indoor and outdoor space.ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage last month in Las Vegas with what organizers dub “tremendous energy and serious buyers.” Registration was just shy of 130,000, second only to the events’ 2005 staging, while new scale records were set with 2,400 exhibitors occupying 2.5 million sq. ft of indoor and outdoor space.

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BUYING TIME

2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG PHOTO: Oscar Einzing for AEMINDUSTRY HEADS TO LAS VEGAS FOR SEVENTH CONEXPO-CON/AGG

After a second consecutive year where concrete, cement and aggregate interests saw modest shipment gains—while overall construction industry increases in 2013 reached the 7-8 percent range—producers are positioned to act on plant and fleet equipment investment carrying them through the growth projected for the remainder of the decade.

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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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