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Tall wood building proponents reach for federal R&D, market development subsidies

Sources: Office of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID); American Wood Council, Leesburg, Va.; CP staff

Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced the Timber Innovation Act (S.2982) to “help accelerate research and development—and ultimately construction—of wood buildings in the United States [and] focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories.”

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Heidelberg Cement’s Italcementi plan secures Canadian, nears U.S. regulator nods

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Heidelberg, Germany; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Essroc Cement Corp. integration is one step closer as the merger of parent companies HeidelbergCement and Italcementi S.p.A. paces a scheduled mid-summer closing. During the HeidelbergCement 2016 General Meeting, May 4 in Heidelberg, management informed shareholders of Competition Bureau of Canada approval and impending U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance of a combined Lehigh Hanson and Essroc Cement business.

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LafargeHolcim sustainability plan embraces EPD, EMS, life cycle data, recycling metrics

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Jona, Switzerland; CP staff

Looking beyond rationalized cement capacity and integrated concrete and aggregate production assets, LafargeHolcim aims to make its mark in the global construction supply chain as part of a new sustainability initiative, The 2030 Plan.

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Sierra RM ushers Summit Materials into Las Vegas market

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff

Summit Materials has acquired Sierra Ready Mix, LLC, which serves the Las Vegas market from one sand & gravel pit and two concrete plants. The deal brings the suitor’s largest integrated materials and road-building business, Kilgore Companies, into a fourth state, Nevada, alongside Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

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Cemex to dispatch Colorado, N.M., Texas assets to GCC America

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V., Chihuahua, Mexico; CP staff

Cemex has announced an agreement in principle to sell to GCC its Odessa, Texas, and Lyons, Colo. cement plants, with 1 million metric tons’ combined annual capacity; one Colorado and two Texas cement terminals; plus, ready mixed, aggregate and building materials businesses in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, N.M.

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