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PCA’s Sullivan: Oil price variables hamper firm cement consumption outlook

18 Ed 150At a World of Concrete 2016 briefing, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan offered critical energy and housing market footnotes to his latest U.S. cement consumption forecast. Released in November, it projects year-over-year gains of 5 percent, at best, in 2016, and 5.7 percent for 2017. At those levels, U.S. portland and masonry cement shipments will climb from 92 million metric tons (mt) in 2015 to 96.4 million mt and 102 million mt this year and next.

 

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Sherman-Dixie deal shores up Forterra Building Products’ Southeast footprint

17 Sherman 150Forterra Building Products in Irving, Texas, has acquired one of the largest independents remaining in pipe and precast: Sherman-Dixie Concrete Industries, operating eight plants in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana. It is the second major deal Forterra Building Products has closed since its early-2015 spinoff from Heidelberg Cement—following by four months the acquisition of Minnesota-based Cretex Concrete Products, with 17 pipe, precast and precast/prestressed plants in the upper Midwest.

 

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Seven-hour mix affords Cemex customer wide placement berth

23 Ship 150Can-do attitude, combined with innovative mix designs plus solid planning and execution, positioned Cemex USA’s Houston Ready-Mix business to work twice on a highly unusual project that took drivers and trucks on a four-hour, Houston Ship Channel voyage.

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Eagle Materials/American Gypsum chief Powers to succeed CEO Rowley

Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc. has announced the retirement of President and CEO Steve Rowley effective March 31. The cement, aggregate, ready mixed concrete and wallboard producer notes that his decision, stemming from post-surgery health matters, brings “to a close a remarkable career of 25 years of continuous service to the company and its stockholders.”

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Arcis agreement extends ultra-thin precast/ prestressed to AltusGroup producers

22 Arcis 150AltusGroup partnership precast producers can now add to their licensed architectural or structural CarbonCast offerings an ultra- thin panel technology for cladding or exterior fascia applications; rainscreens and ventilated drainage components; interior décor elements; marine decking or planking; and, tactile ADA detectable warning panels.

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