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CRH ‘development’ activity approaches $9 billion in watershed year

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Crunching numbers on deals affecting operations in North America, Europe and Asia, CRH closed 2015 with about $8.8 billion in acquisitions, and divestments netting proceeds near $1 billion. Anchoring the calendar was a $7.2 billion transaction for the lion’s share of cement, concrete and aggregate production assets Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. sold in conjunction with their July merger.

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NRMCA schedules “Drivers' Hours of Service: What's New for 2016” webinar

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA Senior Vice President, Compliance and Operations Gary Mullings and Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Kevin Walgenbach will lead a January 22 webinar addressing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service rule revisions, including 30-minute break terms, 24-hour restart provision, and circumstances requiring mixer drivers to use logs.

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Financial performance, disclosure elevate Smith-Midland in OTC trading markets

Sources: Smith-Midland Corp., Midland, Va.; CP staff

Virginia precast producer and building system licensor Smith-Midland has joined the top tier of companies listed in the (over-the-counter) OTC Markets Group, becoming one of nearly 500 entities whose securities are traded on the OTCQX Best Marketplace.

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Belden Brick’s Tann, Separation Technologies’ Constantino join ASTM board

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

The newest arrivals to the 25-member ASTM board of directors are James Tann, director of Technical Services for Belden Brick Co., Canton, Ohio; and, Cesar Constantino, Ph.D., Florida-based director of business development for Titan America’s fly ash processing and marketing business, Separation Technologies LLC. Each will serve three-year terms.

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Franchisor eyes expanded footprint for rebranded All American Decorative Concrete

Sources: Home Franchise Concepts, Orange, Calif.; CP staff

The parent company of Budget Blinds and Tailored Living has added Concrete Craft, billing it as the world’s only decorative concrete franchise geared to offering consumers decorative, stamped and stained concrete services for residential and commercial properties. The third brand further expands what Home Franchise Concepts officials note is a commitment to providing consumers across North America “simple and sophisticated design solutions in a convenient, shop-at-home environment."

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