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Quality Concrete expands Atlantic Canada footprint in Lafarge agreement

15 DRM 150A strategic partnership with Lafarge Canada will position Quality Concrete Ltd. with upwards of 20 ready mixed plants in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A Halifax ChronicleHerald report with limited detail on the partnership structure notes that Lafarge is contributing nine ready mixed and four aggregate plants to the business, while maintaining its Brookfield, N.S., cement operation.

 

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Index shows sustained nonresidential market strength

Except for the hint of a slight decline indicated at mid-year, commercial, industrial and institutional building activity continues at a steady pace, according to the Nonresidential Construction Index Report (NRCI) for Q3 2015 from leading management consultant FMI, and reflecting sentiments of construction executives nationwide.

 

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Historic weather impacts a blip on Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials radar

12 Texasi 150With stakes in some of the strongest cement, concrete and aggregate markets, the industry’s top bellwether operators sent investors parallel messages on year-to-date financial performance: Heavy spring rains, especially in Texas, had limited effect on overall sales and profitability improvements compared to the first six months of 2014. Upbeat second quarter 2015 earning reports, plus solid sales, pricing and profit projections, sent Martin Marietta Materials and Vulcan Materials stock toward all-time and eight-year highs, respectively.

 

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TXI Assets CalPortland-Bound

A $420 million asset deal with Martin Marietta Materials Inc., anchored by the former TXI Oro Grande plant and scheduled for third quarter closing, will enable Glendora, Calif.-based CalPortland Co. to replace capacity from its idled Colton mill—about 35 miles south—and strengthen a home state, integrated cement and concrete platform. Coupled with Stockton and San Diego terminals, the plant will contribute to what CalPortland parent Taiheiyo Cement Corp. reports is “a steady improvement in sales volume and profit in [the] Group’s U.S. operations.”

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Indianapolis hosts 2015 Concrete Decor Show

16 CDSi 150Registration continues for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show, September 28–October 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, and can be obtained at www.concretedecorshow.com. The show covers the full range of decorative concrete construction, including design, specification, preparation, placement, finishing, repair, resurfacing and maintenance—highlighting product applications and processes like precast, cast-in-place, coatings, finishes, flooring, countertops, landscape, pools, and vertical conditions. Joining contractors among attendees are design professionals, manufacturers, distributors/suppliers, resellers and retailers. Lead sponsors for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show are SureCrete Design Products and Kingdom Products.

 

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