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TXI Assets CalPortland-Bound

A $420 million asset deal with Martin Marietta Materials Inc., anchored by the former TXI Oro Grande plant and scheduled for third quarter closing, will enable Glendora, Calif.-based CalPortland Co. to replace capacity from its idled Colton mill—about 35 miles south—and strengthen a home state, integrated cement and concrete platform. Coupled with Stockton and San Diego terminals, the plant will contribute to what CalPortland parent Taiheiyo Cement Corp. reports is “a steady improvement in sales volume and profit in [the] Group’s U.S. operations.”

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Historic weather impacts a blip on Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials radar

12 Texasi 150With stakes in some of the strongest cement, concrete and aggregate markets, the industry’s top bellwether operators sent investors parallel messages on year-to-date financial performance: Heavy spring rains, especially in Texas, had limited effect on overall sales and profitability improvements compared to the first six months of 2014. Upbeat second quarter 2015 earning reports, plus solid sales, pricing and profit projections, sent Martin Marietta Materials and Vulcan Materials stock toward all-time and eight-year highs, respectively.

 

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Construction rebound bolsters St. Lawrence Seaway traffic

15 Sea 150A U.S. construction surge has boosted bulk material transfer through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway since the start of the 2015 season. Officials report dry bulk cargo volume of nearly 3 million metric tons, up 7.5 percent through the first part of the season, April–June, against figures for the same period in 2014. Materials leading the way in volume gains are stone, with 102,000 metric tons delivered through June, up 24 percent from last year, and cementitious materials, with 563,000 metric tons, a 9.5 percent jump.

 

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Indianapolis hosts 2015 Concrete Decor Show

16 CDSi 150Registration continues for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show, September 28–October 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, and can be obtained at www.concretedecorshow.com. The show covers the full range of decorative concrete construction, including design, specification, preparation, placement, finishing, repair, resurfacing and maintenance—highlighting product applications and processes like precast, cast-in-place, coatings, finishes, flooring, countertops, landscape, pools, and vertical conditions. Joining contractors among attendees are design professionals, manufacturers, distributors/suppliers, resellers and retailers. Lead sponsors for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show are SureCrete Design Products and Kingdom Products.

 

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Trades Talent Dearth Tempers Strong Construction Employment Figures

An Associated General Contractors of America analysis of federal government data finds a mixed bag of positive indicators and growth constraints: Construction employment held steady in June at the highest level in six years, while the number of unemployed workers with industry experience fell to the lowest total since 2001, and contractors in many parts of the country are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers.

 

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