Vance joins Ash Grove Cement

Source: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.

Ash Grove Cement announced recently that J. Randall “Randy” Vance is joining the company as its senior vice president of administration in the company’s home office. In his new role, Vance will direct finance, treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. “Randy brings two decades of corporate finance leadership experience and skills to Ash Grove that will complement our senior management team as he leads our administration and finance functions in our company,” said Ash Grove Chairman Charles Sunderland.

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Registration still open for Concrete Sustainability Conference

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

The 2011 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, hosted by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association takes place August 9-11, in Cambridge, Mass., at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. The sixth annual Conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction.

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IEEE West Coast set for October 13-14 in Texarkana, Texas

Source: IEEE West Coast

The 2011 IEEE West Coast Conference Committee has assembled an informative technical session focusing on the latest issues affecting the cement industry. Set for Oct. 13-14, this year’s conference will take place in Texarkana, Texas, central to a large number of cement facilities. The event provides the opportunity and the technical venue where vendors and cement producers can address key issues and problems facing the industry.

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PCA economist: Debt crisis could usher 13 percent cement consumption drop over 2011-12

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

Inaction by Congress and the White House on the federal debt ceiling could derail the fragile U.S. economic recovery, spurring a second recession and adversely impacting cement shipments, according to a recent PCA report. A federal default stemming from the absence of a higher debt ceiling would affect business, consumer and bank confidence, leading to a rise in interest rates and the likelihood of forced government austerity spending measures. Such moves, in turn, could depress highway and other government construction programs at the federal and state level.

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