Campaign advances life-cycle budgeting in infrastructure policy

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; Staff reports

A two-week print and online PCA ad campaign, themed “What Are the Real Costs” and targeted to political and policy opinion leaders in Washington, D.C., aims to elevate cradle-to-grave project cost factors in transportation and infrastructure funding. The ads appeared through July 1 in Rollcall and CQ Daily print editions and in Rollcall, National Journal and Engineering News-Record online, directing readers and site visitors to

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Lafarge emphasizes transportation, mobile equipment during Health & Safety Month

Source: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.

Each June, Lafarge facilities across North America and at its sister company sites around the world celebrate Health & Safety Month, renewing the company's commitment to the health and safety of their employees, contractors, families and local communities with a month’s worth of awareness-raising activities and events. From healthy meals and fitness challenges to educational safety programs and demonstrations, Lafarge employees are immersed in the company’s overarching culture of safety and wellness.

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Cement Totals— April 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 5.7 million mt in April 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was 14.0 percent lower compared with shipments for April 2010. Total shipments for the year through April were approximately 18.3 million mt, about 2 percent lower than the same period in 2010.

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Arizona’s Drake Cement consummates Peruvian parent's U.S. entry

Sources: Drake Cement, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cementos Lima, S.A., Peru; Staff reports

Officials of the Southwest’s newest integrated player held a mid-June grand opening for a $300 million, 600,000-plus tons/year capacity cement plant in northern Arizona. More than 10 years in the making, Drake Cement is located in Yavapai County, near the historic rail town of Paulden and 35 miles north of Prescott.

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