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Boral Ltd. consummated a $2.6 billion takeover of South Jordan, Utah-based Headwaters Inc., following U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance. The deal brings the North Sydney, Australia, suitor upward of 8 million tons of annual fly ash volume, owing to Headwaters’ leading position in coal combustion residuals processing and marketing; additional light building products offerings; and, a doubling of roofing and manufactured stone market stakes. In the latter product category, it unites the Cultured Stone and Eldorado Stone brands.

Oldcastle Architectural’s Echelon brand has launched the InsulTech Concrete Masonry System’s Half-High product line as an extension to its popular full high product. The system features about a dozen profiles—in finished nominal dimensions of 12 ¼ x 4 x 16 inches—offering more flexibility and options for architects designing hospitals, schools and other institutions, while meeting building codes.

Gross sales for segmental concrete pavement contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased 8.8 percent in 2016 over the prior year, according to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2017 Contractor Industry Survey, reflecting responses Columbus, Ohio, market researcher Industry Insights obtained from 218 small, mid-size and large companies.

The AltusGroup partnership of architectural and structural precast producers has become the exclusive U.S. and Canadian sourcepoint distributor of Graphic Concrete technology for imparting durable patterns and images onto precast surfaces such as facades, walls, spandrels and soundwalls.

Wyomissing, Pa.-based hard surface specialist Glen-Gery Corp. bills StoneFit with DryFit Technology as an innovative cladding solution whose tongue and groove panels interlock stone pieces together without the use of mortar. The panels are mechanically secured with attachment brackets that can be drilled directly into structural sheathing, regardless of stud location. The brackets assist in creating a water management system and net high wind load resistance. The tongue and groove system is dual-purpose: It interlocks panels together and eliminates wall vibration.