PCA Energy and Environment Awards

The CalPortland Co. cement plant in Rillito, Ariz., received the Energy Efficiency Award from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine as part of the 2014 Cement Industry Energy and Environment Awards. The Energy Efficiency Award recognizes a plant’s energy planning,...

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The Ambitious Port-Daniel-Gascons Project Remains On Track Despite Controversy. By Josie Smith As reported in the Cement America’s January 2014...
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Cement Products

Cement manufacturers and power plants that are required to comply with the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations can now rely on enhanced mercury calibrators to speed compliance with the new regulatory requirements of...
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Cement Newsline

Kern County Environmental Health conducted a public information meeting on Nov. 20 to discuss a plan by Lehigh Southwest Cement to begin burning trash at its facility, reported the Tehachapi News. The proposed plan, which requires a permit from Kern County, Calif., would allow Lehigh to import...
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Cement Shoptalk

Established in 1999 and located in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, Diamur is a producer of cement mortars. With a capacity of about 700,000 metric tpy, the plant produces products in bulk silos and 25-kg bags. It has become a leading producer by developing a reputation for quality and user-friendly...
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Eagle Materials Sees Record Cement Volumes

Eagle Materials Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended June 30, 2013. Notable items for the quarter include revenues of $227.0 million, up 47 percent from prior-year, and record quarterly cement sales volumes of 1.2 million tons.

First quarter earnings before interest and income taxes increased 109 percent, reflecting improved sales volumes and net sales prices across all heritage businesses as compared to the prior year’s first quarter and the acquisition of assets, consisting primarily of two cement plants in Oklahoma and Missouri and related aggregates and ready-mix businesses in Kansas City (the Acquired Assets) in Nov. 2012.

Operating earnings from cement for the first quarter were $19.0 million, a 93 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. The earnings increase was driven by increased sales volumes and average net cement sales prices partially offset by a slight increase in operating costs.

Cement revenues for the first quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, totaled $117.7 million, 55 percent greater than the same quarter last year. The revenue improvement reflects a 46 percent increase in first quarter cement sales volume, including sales volume attributable to the Acquired Assets. The average net sales price for this quarter was $86.15 per ton, 6 percent greater than the same quarter last year.