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Mobile platform, domestic business position Command Alkon for strong 2014

Addressing the company’s 2013 Training and Technology Conference general session, Command Alkon Chief Executive Officer Phil Ramsey projected modest growth in global software and plant equipment shipments next year, about 80 percent of gains likely stemming from North American concrete, aggregate and bulk materials producers and haulers.

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COUNTY MATERIALS BRIDGES ILLINOIS TIES IN PRESTRESS ENGINEERING DEAL

Marathon, Wis.-based County Materials Corp. has closed on bridge, transportation and building product operator Prestress Engineering Co., LLC, with Prairie Grove, Ill., headquarters and engineering office, plus Blackstone, Ill., plant located about 75 miles southwest of Chicago.

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Europeans envision 80 percent cut in industry’s carbon load by mid-century

Sources: Cembureau, Brussels; CP staff

A five-route roadmap details how European Cement Association members and customers can reduce their industry’s carbon dioxide emissions from a 1990 level of 170 million metric tons to 34 million metric tons by 2050. Routes under cement sector control are Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, plus Carbon Sequestration and Reuse; two others, Product Efficiency and Downstream, target low-carbon concretes, smart buildings and infrastructure, concrete recycling and sustainable construction.

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Coal-, steel-tested investor enters concrete, aggregates

Permian Basin Materials, LLC (PBM), a newly formed affiliate of New York private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC, has acquired majority stakes in Texas’ Crockett County Mining, Ltd., Highland Concrete Co. and Wallach Concrete, Inc. WL Ross-managed funds will own 80 percent of PBM as the three business’ existing shareholders maintain a combined 20 percent stake.

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2013 construction starts on pace for 6 percent gain

New construction starts are forecast to reach $506 billion, according to the Midyear Update to the 2013 Construction Outlook from McGraw Hill Construction, New York.

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