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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Portland Cement Association CEO Jim Toscas to join its Committee of 100, along with counterparts representing the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Generic Pharmaceutical Association, Internet Association and Toy Industry Association. “The opportunity to share ideas, good practices, and perspectives in regard to governance, operations and overall value delivery, as well as partake of the excellent information and educational content of this program, is of tremendous value,” notes Toscas.

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PRODUCERS - July 2016

Mutual Materials Co. in Bellevue, Wash., was set to close by this month on Kanta Products Inc., a Three Forks, Mont.-based concrete masonry, paving stone and Keystone Retaining Wall producer serving its home state plus Idaho and North Dakota. “The purchase allows us to continue growing a great concrete products manufacturer within our Pacific Northwest footprint,” says Mutual Materials President Kendall Anderegg, who underscores Kanta Products’ history of high quality output and customer service, and confirms that the business will continue under the legacy brand.

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Haarup NA taps Sherman-Dixie Concrete veteran; expands parts and service

After 16 years with Tennessee-based Sherman-Dixie Concrete Industries—recently acquired by Forterra Building Products—John Higgins has joined Haarup North America as sales manager. The Portland, Ore., concrete plant equipment specialist credits his experience in precast machinery and plant design or retrofit, plus service from a National Precast Concrete Association board term.

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