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Mutual Materials to acquire Montana’s Kanta Products

Sources: Mutual Materials Co., Bellevue, Wash.; CP staff

Mutual Materials anticipates closing 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.

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Artistic Paver adds California distribution, builds polished stone program

Sources: Artistic Paver Mfg., North Miami Beach, Fla.; CP staff

Artistic Paver has recently shored up its southern California market presence with a new distribution center for Steplock and Roadlock series paving units from the company’s Case Grande, Ariz., plant. Offerings will include the latest addition to the Steplock West Coast line, Limestonelock, promoted as a “sophisticated paver with the smoothness found in limestone,” available in ‘polished’ or ‘polished and antiqued’ finishes’ plus Almond, Holly Brown or Linen Grey colors.

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Real estate data miner: Concrete furnishings top outdoor décor trends

Sources: Zillow Inc., Seattle; CP staff

Concrete coffee tables, cast from portland cement or resin-bound mixes, along with teak furniture and bright, aquamarine colors factor prominently in summer 2016 outdoor living, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, combining design expert survey data plus an analysis of popular photos on the eponymous website.

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FHWA Bridge Practices report traces reinforcing steel specification milestones

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

As part of its Long Term Bridge Performance Program, geared to studying and collecting field data on structures completed since 1960, FHWA has delivered its first timeline tracking materials progress, “National Changes in Bridge Practices for Reinforcing Bars.”

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Merger-bound parent companies prepare Essroc, Lehigh asset sale: one mill, nine terminals

Sources: U.S. Federal Trade Commission; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

The Federal Trade Commission has outlined terms of the final regulatory clearance hovering the proposed merger of Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Essroc Cement Corp. parents HeidelbergCement AG and Italcementi S.p.A. A June 17 consent agreement calls for the sale of a) Essroc’s 2-million ton/year Martinsburg, W.V., mill plus seven Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia terminals; and, b) Lehigh’s Solvay, N.Y., terminal. A suitor will also have a purchase option for two Essroc terminals in Ohio.

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