Feds circle prospective Martin Marietta, Vulcan market overlaps

Source: Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Staff reports In response to a potential Martin Marietta–Vulcan Materials merger the former company proposed in a early-December stock-for-stock exchange offer, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division has requested Vulcan provide ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt delivery detail from certain operations in 15 states. Vulcan noted in a…

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Sustainable Development Council releases guidelines for responsible quarrying

Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland The WBCSD recently released Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation, which provides practical guidance for managing the impacts of quarrying activities and ensuring that environments are properly revitalized. Led by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), the project was carried out by a group of member companies and is based on methods that they…

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PCA Board elects slate of directors

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill. The Portland Cement Association Board of Directors elected officers and a new slate of directors for the coming year at its Annual Meeting on November 15. Aris Papadopoulos (Titan America), was re-elected to serve as chairman of the Board and Sylvain Garnaud (Lafarge North America) as vice chairman of the Board.

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Employees celebrate 200,000 hours of safe work at Lafarge Exshaw plant

Source: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va. More than 200,000 hours of safe operation was celebrated recently at Lafarge Canada’s Exshaw, Alberta, cement plant. The 150 laborers, equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, engineers, and  managers at the plant have good reason to be proud as they have worked injury free for the better part of 2011 and the streak continues into 2012.

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Ash Grove’s Seattle Plant wins workplace safety award

Source: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan. The Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Seattle, Wash., plant received the Association of Washington Business’ Better Workplace Safety Award from Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D). “We are honored that our company’s comprehensive safety program has been recognized by the Association of Washington Business,” said Plant Manager Todd Hinton. “This is an important recognition…

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FLSmidth awarded two cement projects in Brazil

Source: FLSmidth, Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen-based FLSmidth has signed a contract for two cement projects worth a total of US$132 million with the company Cimpor Cimentos do Brasil Ltda in Brazil. The contract comprises equipment for the Caxitu project, a new greenfield cement plant in Paraiba State near the town of Joâo Pessoa, and for a new kiln line project at…

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Cement Totals—November 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 6.2 million mt in November 2011, according to the USGS. This was 5.0 perfect higher compared with shipments for November 2010. Total shipments for the year through November were approximately 67.3 million mt, slightly higher compared to the…

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