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Cementing market concentration from the Hudson to the Mississippi

Deals in ready mixed concrete and cement production this past month assure 2015 watershed status on an industry timeline. A true market leader in ready mixed rose in metro New York and New Jersey, with commanding presence on both sides of the Hudson River, while an integrated player with strong growth ambitions became only the second U.S. operator set to pick up major cement production and distribution assets from a multinational peer.

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The cult of cheap construction

Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan reported at the 2015 International Builders’ Show last month that housing starts will increase 20 percent this year—to 1.2 million units, up from roughly 950,000 units in 2014. The multifamily sector should see a 12 percent jump from last year’s levels, good for 400,000 unit starts. Apartment and condominium building will exhibit continued strength over the next five years, he added, as demographic trends reshape entry and exit patterns of the single-family unit market.


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Union decertification ripples

The rumbling began late last year among units at Allied Stone and Cordova Dredge, businesses of Illinois aggregate producer Riverstone Group. Members of each petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to conduct elections on maintaining International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 as their collective bargaining representative.

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Fly ash rightly averts hazardous label

True to a consent decree deadline finalized in federal court a year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency capped five-plus years of rulemaking on coal combustion residuals (CCR) management and disposal in late 2014, tabling a contentious measure that would have hampered ASTM C618 fly ash specifications and prospects.

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