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U.S. Concrete burrows deeper into the Big Apple via Jenna, Kings deals

Texas-based U.S. Concrete, Inc. continues a New York City market roll up, closing last month on asset transactions involving Jenna Concrete Corp., Bronx, and Kings Ready Mix, Brooklyn. With two plants and 52-mixer fleet, Jenna Concrete has established a presence over 25 years, supplying ready mixed to commercial and residential building projects in its Bronx home base and the neighboring borough of Manhattan. Kings Ready Mix runs 60-plus mixers from four plants, and maintains a leading stake in non-union, low- and mid-rise building jobs across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

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Lafarge R&D, Holcim Apasco veterans to oversee LafargeHolcim Americas

The 10-member LafargeHolcim Ltd. Executive Committee has been realigned to reflect an evolved global cement, aggregate and concrete production asset portfolio, and close an integration phase commencing with the July 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger. Representing the Western Hemisphere are region heads Pascal Casanova, North America, and Oliver Osswald, Central & South America.

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Top forecasters confirm private sectors’ growth prospects

The Associated Builders & Contractors, American Institute of Architects and National Association of Home Builders chief economists assembled in Washington, D.C., for a mid-year market forecast, outlining stable to strong residential and commercial project activity through 2017.

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SF Bay Area builder develops new method for crafting concrete homes

San Jose, Calif.-based Sollars Home, a subsidiary of Sollars Construction Inc., has introduced an advanced technology that, the company notes, produces a better, more efficient home from concrete at a comparable price as well as in half the time of a wood alternative. The Multi-Flex Formwork technology is used to cast buildings in place and is considered by the company as the first new method for building homes since the mid-20th century.

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McInnis Cement sites first U.S. terminal at Port of Providence

Rhode Island and Providence officials joined McInnis Cement executives for an early-August groundbreaking at the deep-water Port of Providence, where the producer is building a 30,000-plus ton capacity terminal linked to its Port-Daniel-Gascons mill under construction in eastern Quebec. The $22 million storage and loading facility is positioned to supply much of the New England construction market, especially in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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