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Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Vulcan Materials has reached a definitive agreement with Mill Valley, Calif., investor SPO Partners to acquire Aggregates USA LLC for $900 million. The cash deal is the second nine-figure transaction this year involving rock production and distribution assets, following CRH/Oldcastle Materials’ planned takeover of Indiana-based Mulzer Crushed Stone, announced in March.

Sources: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

The largest independent coal ash processor and marketer has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other customers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is Charah’s second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Alabama accounts.

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Adding to an early-2017 bill targeting the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced The Opportunity in Federal Construction Act (S. 1200), which directs the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to use Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to calculate prevailing wages for federal and federally assisted construction projects. A BLS data method would replace the current practice of relying on the DOL Wage and Hour Division to calculate Davis-Bacon-bound job wage levels.

Sources: Georgia Department of Transportation; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; CP staff

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal just ahead of Memorial Day weekend to mark the earlier than projected completion of an emergency Georgia DOT contract, Interstate 85 over Piedmont Road Bridges, in Atlanta. Fast track reconstruction turned on rapid delivery of precast/prestressed concrete bridge girders from Standard Concrete Products, Columbus, Ga.

Sources: Ozinga Bros., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Less than a month after dedicating its Miami flagship ready mixed plant, Ozinga South Florida has acquired Banaszak Concrete, which brings fully operating satellites in Davie and Hollywood, Fla. The expansion helps demonstrate confidence in the Sunshine State’s recovering economy and steady construction growth, company officials note, and serves as a strong testament to future residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure job prospects.