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Oldcastle parent confirms Lafarge, Holcim asset interest

Sources: CP staff; CRH Plc, Dublin

CRH is among suitors for Holcim Canada Inc. and a host of overseas cement, concrete and aggregate businesses Switzerland’s Holcim Ltd. and Paris-based Lafarge SA have bundled for disposal, thereby advancing a merger the producers hope to consummate by mid-year.

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Owell Precast transitions to Olympus banner

Sources: Olympus Precast, Bluffdale, Utah; CP staff

Following nearly a quarter century of measured growth, Owell Precast owners and management have chosen Olympus Precast as the new name of their architectural and structural product operation. Located just outside Salt Lake City, the producer is a key Intermountain market source of Spancrete hollow core plank, plus precast fence, wall and sound wall products.

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Catastrophic apartment blaze exposes wood construction + fire sprinkler folly

Sources: CP staff; New York Times; Associated Press; AvalonBay Communities Inc., Arlington, Va.

“If it was made out of concrete and cinder block, we wouldn’t have this sort of problem,” Edgewater (N.J.) Fire Chief Tom Jacobson said at a press briefing after a blaze destroyed or severely damaged more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a 408-unit apartment complex built to code of conventional wood construction. The January 21 blaze saw minor injuries to two firefighters and two civilians and no loss of life, a circumstance New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called an “enormous blessing.”

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