Ash Grove Announces Intern Scholarship Recipients

Ash Grove Cement Co. announced that Baili Connors and Brandon Bell were selected to receive its annual intern scholarship. Connors interned at the company’s Overland Park, Kan., technical center and is studying chemistry, math and statistics at Montana Tech. Bell interned for Ash Grove at its Chanute, Kan., cement plant and is studying industrial engineering at Kansas State University.

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PCA Revises Cement Consumption Forecasts

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced that U.S. cement consumption is on track to see 2.7 percent growth in 2016, making a downward revision of a previous annual growth estimate of 4 percent reported earlier this year. The association also revised its 2017 U.S. cement consumption forecast to 3.1 percent growth, from 4.2 percent growth, crediting a combination of post-election political uncertainty, inflation and slower construction activity as negative pressures on the economic horizon.

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PCA Elects 2017 Board of Directors Leadership

CalPortland Co. CEO Allen Hamblen and Continental Cement Co. President Tom Beck were elected 2017 chairman and vice chairman of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) board of directors. Hamblen takes over PCA board chairmanship from John Stull, CEO of U.S. Cement for LafargeHolcim.

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Elementia Completes Acquisition of Giant Cement

Elementia, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that its board of directors gave final approval to complete the acquisition of a 55 percent stake and full control of Giant Cement Holding Inc. from Cementos Portland Valderrivas S.A. for $220 million.

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