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Commercial development metrics: Strong and still improving

14 NAIOP 150In 2014, office, retail, health care and distribution facility developers logged their best year since 2007, and saw overall commercial real estate industry economic contributions jump 40 percent from the prior year—the largest gain since market recovery began in 2011. The upbeat figures are part of the NAIOP Research Foundation’s annual state of the industry report, “The Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate.”

 

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Contech equips symbolic site

12 Contech 150An Ohio-based innovator in concrete and composite drainage structures, Contech Engineered Solutions supplied a new stormwater detention system to Liberty Park, an elevated public space adjacent to the new World Trade Center in New York City. Scheduled for completion in 2017, Liberty Park will have a capacity of 750 people and sit 25 feet above Liberty Street, overlooking the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

 

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Rocla Concrete frees Lehigh Hanson, Koppers partnership from railroad ties

The North American leader in prestressed concrete railroad ties has extended its market footprint and product range with the acquisition of KSA Limited Partnership, a Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Koppers Inc. joint venture serving primarily eastern U.S. markets from a Portsmouth, Ohio, plant.

 

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LafargeHolcim CEO plan: Integration, innovation and “growth in the right places”

11 Eric 150Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. executives unveiled a new global leader in heavy building materials in mid July, presenting the merged business—LafargeHolcim Ltd., based in Zurich with major administrative office in Paris—as an operator of 2,500-plus cement, concrete and aggregate plants in 90 countries.

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