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Sounding out on environmental product declarations

Good news (see page 20) from leading construction market data sources: In a revised forecast, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan calls for 2012-2013 cement consumption a point or two greater for each year than he had previously projected. And, McGraw-Hill Construction economists confirm in their new Nonresidential Building Index positive commercial, industrial and institutional project trends leading into next year, their confidence underpinned by a decade of Dodge and U.S. Department of Commerce data.

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Occupying Illinois

Setting aside metro-New York and its unique concrete, aggregate and cement supplier profile, Chicago was the last major U.S. market to draw significant investment from integrated, multinational producers. Three now have sizable stakes, as a fourth eyes a corporate beachhead a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan.

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