Headwaters Inc. has acquired the fly ash-centered technology of recently liquidated brick, paver and masonry trim operator CalStar Products. The intellectual property will be integrated into the Block Group, with concrete masonry production and distribution in Texas and Louisiana, through Headwaters Construction Materials, the leader in ASTM C618 fly ash processing and marketing.
With $5.84 billion in cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete sales, North America led five LafargeHolcim Ltd. regions in 2015, besting overall figures from Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East Africa businesses. In its inaugural annual report, the company credits continuing U.S. recovery, cost optimization and price management for solid North America region results. Cement and aggregate volumes increased as a whole across the U.S. and eastern Canada, offset partially by a) reduced demand in Texas and western Canada markets, where oil and commodity investments were under pressure; and, b) merger-driven divestments in some states. A double-digit increase in U.S. operating EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization) stemmed from active cost, price and margin management.
Boral USA officials have dedicated a San Antonio, Texas, facility focused on material science, polymer chemistry, composite products, durability testing and process development. Dubbed the Boral Innovation Factory, it is a companion to a cementitious material- and concrete technology-centered research & development lab in Sydney, home base of parent Boral Ltd.
Dufferin Aggregates’ Acton Quarry in Halton Hills, Ontario, is the first operation to receive Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) certification as a supplier of responsibly sourced stone, sand and gravel. The certification stands to benefit internal and external customers of an integrated aggregates, ready mixed and construction entity long the Ontario flagship of Holcim (Canada), but now an Oldcastle Materials sister business under CRH Canada Group.
Summit Materials Inc. has closed on key aggregate, concrete and asphalt production assets of Roanoke, Va.-based Boxley Materials Co., a 114-year-old operator serving Virginia and West Virginia. A definitive agreement on the deal was announced shortly after Summit closed on Wilmington, N.C.-based American Materials Co., with five sand & gravel operations in the Carolinas.