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Lehigh Cement parent pencils acquisition budget hovering $2B

HeidelbergCement AG, Germany, envisions $1.8 billion to $2.4 billion in acquisitions over the next three years, backed by $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion in non-core asset sales, plus savings realized from continuous efficiency improvements across global cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete businesses. Driving those improvements at the Lehigh Portland Cement parent company are digital platform implementation in operations, maintenance, logistics and purchasing.

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With Ash Grove in the books, CRH holds commanding cement stake

CRH Americas closed a $3.5 billion acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Co. late last month days after announcing a settlement to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that the deal violated antitrust law. Terms called for the Oldcastle Inc. parent company to sell a Three Forks, Mont., cement plant and quarry to GCC Americas; three Omaha, Neb., area sand & gravel sites to Martin Marietta Materials; plus, three quarries and two asphalt plants near Kansas City to Summit Materials. The settlement also contains two three-year provisions: It grants GCC an option to use two Three Forks-fed CRH terminals in Alberta; and, holds that CRH, at GCC’s option, will purchase cement from the mill for distribution in Canada.

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Willow Creek ‘Infuses’ durability in premium paving stones

Willow Creek Concrete Products of Faribault, Minn., has developed a proprietary surface treatment process for its namesake Select Series pavers, including Slatestone, Slatestone Grande, Dekrastone and Eurostone. The advanced Infusion technology imparts vibrant color, enhanced color longevity, heightened durability, and additional stain-resistant properties in concrete pavers, while also minimizing absorption rates considerably.

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Design-build outgrows “alternative delivery” label

Design-build is the fastest growing and most popular method of delivering nonresidential and non-building projects, according to “Design-Build Utilization: Combined Market Study,” prepared by construction-wise management consultant and merger & acquisition specialist FMI. Analysts at the Raleigh, N.C., firm assess the near-term outlook for nonresidential, highway/street and water/wastewater construction markets, leveraging figures from internal project databases, CMD Reed, Dodge Data & Analytics, U.S. Census Bureau and major associations, plus insights from stakeholder surveys.

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EP Henry seals long-term paver protection with in-line treatment

ColorTech by New Jersey-based EP Henry is the newest advancement in paver technology and is an integral part of the manufacturing process. The in-line process treatment delivers an added layer of protective coating during production while still maintaining the surface texture of the stone, making it in many cases more indistinguishable from natural stone than pavers without ColorTech.

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