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With FTC nod, Buzzi, Eagle surface as latest Lafarge, Holcim asset suitors

Sources: CP staff; Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

The FTC has opened to public comment a proposed consent agreement settling a complaint alleging that the Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge S.A. merger would likely harm competition in the U.S. It details a portfolio of Holcim (US) Inc. and Lafarge North America portland cement and slag cement production and distribution assets to be divested in conjunction with the parent companies’ union.

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Concrete interests ensure code provisions for taller wood buildings hit brick wall

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Convening in Memphis for International Code Council Committee Action Hearings, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and allied-industry representatives helped defeat a proposal allowing wood-framed structures up to nine stories—four higher than the 2015 International Building Code permits for such construction.

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CRH to weigh new financial, business models in LafargeHolcim wake

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

CRH Group Finance Director Maeve Carton will shift to a new assignment in January 2016: Identifying and implementing the optimum financial and business model for the future. Her appointment as group transformation director marks a rare increase in executive headcount for the Oldcastle Inc. parent, which through decades of global growth has confined its headquarters to the historic Belgard Castle near Dublin.

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Shea Concrete reopens N.H. plant; expands utility, municipal, DOT lines

Sources: Shea Concrete Products, Wilmington, Mass.; CP staff

Improving New England market conditions, coupled with broader adoption of precast solutions among the region’s utility operators and municipal or state agencies, have compelled Shea Concrete to restart production at a Nottingham, N.H., plant idled since 2008.

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EP Henry hardscaping units populate 3D landscaping software

Sources: EP Henry, Woodbury, N.J.; CP staff

A representative group of concrete paver and retaining wall offerings from leading mid-Atlantic operator EP Henry can now be used to create 3D landscape renderings in Idea Spectrum’s Realtime Landscaping Plus, Pro and Architect versions, available at www.ideaspectrum.com. Loaded with participating vendors’ product files and specifications, the software packages afford design professionals and do-it-yourself users instant project visualization.

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