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Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

The parent of Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials Inc. has closed on seven deals year to date, led by the acquisition of one of the largest privately held U.S. aggregates producers: Tell City, Ind.-based Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc., spanning six quarries, five sand & gravel operations, 14 materials yards, plus four ready mixed concrete and three asphalt plants serving Ohio River and Kanawha River valley markets in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, N.S.; CP staff

Two leading developers of carbon dioxide-based processes for concrete production, curing and portland cement substitution or optimization are among four entities advancing to Innovative Carbon Use, round two of Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) $35 million international ERA Grand Challenge.

Sources: Royal White Cement Inc., Houston; CP staff

Royal White has developed a calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement suited to agencies specifying very high early strength concrete for highway or runway pavement construction or repairs, plus customers seeking a CSA base in precast production or grout, shotcrete and underlayment applications. RWC CSA Cement attains compressive strengths of 4,000, 6,000 and 10,000 psi at three hours, 24 hours and 28 days, respectively.

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

During its first full calendar year, LafargeHolcim reported lower U.S., Canadian and worldwide cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete shipments against 2015 levels, yet paced a three-year timeline of ambitious financial and operating benchmarks announced upon the Lafarge Group-Holcim Ltd. merger in July 2015.

Sources: GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

A binding, $1 billion offer from Germany’s Henkel AG & Co. for GCP Applied Technologies’ Darex Packaging business positions the seller to pursue growth opportunities in concrete admixtures and other construction or building materials. “The transaction will allow us to enhance our focus and provide a strong balance sheet for internal investment and bolt-on acquisitions necessary to provide new products, technologies, and solutions that offer layers-of-value for our customers,” says GCP CEO Gregory Poling.