December Cement Shipments Jump Nearly 9 Percent

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in December 2013 were 5.1 million metric tons (Mt), up by almost 9 percent from the level in December 2012, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey.

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Taiheiyo Cement’s U.S. Subsidiary to Return to Black

According to Nikkei Asian Review, after five years of red ink in its U.S. business, Taiheiyo Cement expects to return the segment to profitability in the fiscal year that ends March 2015. Taiheiyo Cement President Shuji Fukuda noted that this would help prop up the group as demand related to reconstruction in Japan from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami diminishes.

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Martin Engineering Supports Los Cabos Fundraiser

Martin Engineering Supports Los Cabos Fundraiser Organizers of the 8th Annual Sabor a Cabo (Flavors of Cabo) food and wine festival have announced that the Dec. 1, 2013, event raised more than $90,000 to benefit local institutions and charities such as the volunteer fire department and Red Cross in Los Cabos, Mexico, where emergency services must be provided on limited funding. Martin Engineering provided support this year by purchasing two VIP tables at the event, contributing $18,000 to the cause and treating 20 guests to an unforgettable evening highlighted by delicacies such as oysters on the half-shell, lobster bisque, smoked duck breast and Koji beef tenderloin.

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