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Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

The new home of 200-plus Cemex USA headquarters staff is designed to tell the story of company products through the use and display of concrete, cement and aggregate. Lending an industrial feel, effects include polished concrete hallway floors, cement-based wall tile treatments and handrails fabricated from rebar, which is also used as a circular ring bearing video monitors in the facility’s Customer Experience Center.

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

U.S. cement manufacturers have ample production capacity to meet increased demand from infrastructure revitalization efforts the Trump administration and Congress are contemplating, a PCA analysis finds. The industry is operating at roughly 79 percent of capacity, estimated at 108 million metric tons per year; coupled with terminal storage and transfer capabilities, PCA estimates, it is capable of supplying more than 150 million metric tons annually.

Sources: Burnco Rock Products Ltd., Calgary; CP staff

Burnco has closed on Bestway Concrete Co., serving metro Denver and northern Colorado from nine ready mixed and four aggregate plants, with a payroll of 200-plus. The deal brings Burnco, presently under management of the fourth generation of the founder Johns Burns’ family, into a second U.S. market. The producer first branched out from Alberta to Dallas-Ft. Worth, where Burnco Texas LLC runs one aggregate and six ready mixed operations.

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

The two largest public companies in construction materials, Martin Marietta and Vulcan, cite 2016 sales gains of 9.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively, against prior year figures, despite only minor shipment increases in their core product, aggregate. In a year that brought each record sales and stock valuations, the producers realized the effects of regional market gains or lapses on their aggregate, ready mixed concrete, cement and asphalt production portfolios:

Sources: American Concrete Pumping Association, Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff

The American Concrete Pumping Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association will once again co-locate their fall gatherings, ACPA Building the Momentum Education Conference and ConcreteWorks. Following the record attendance and momentum from the first such joint effort—September 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville—they will convene October 2-3 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.