Lafarge today announced it has completed the purchase of the aggregate assets of Sun State Rock and Materials Corporation in Sun City, Arizona. Sun State, a private corporation, has been doing business in the greater Phoenix area for more than 20 years. The business will be consolidated into Lafarge’s Aggregates, Concrete & Asphalt operations.
"We are excited to enter the Arizona market. We selectively seek out development opportunities that expand and build upon our portfolio of assets, and Sun State is an excellent example of a company that meets our criteria for leveraging our performance culture consistent with our growth objectives. This acquisition brings 90 employees and four aggregate operations into Lafarge’s growing Western U.S. business," said Bob Cartmel, president of the Western U.S. business unit for Lafarge Aggregates, Concrete & Asphalt in North America.
C.R. Herro has been named general manager of Lafarge’s Arizona aggregate operations. He is no stranger to Arizona, having attended high school and college there. "I’m delighted to return to Arizona," says Herro. "This is an exciting new opportunity for me and for Lafarge, and personally, I’m looking forward to contributing to the greater Phoenix community." Herro has been working as Lafarge’s Western U.S. director of resource management in Colorado for the past three years, and brings extensive industry knowledge and market expertise to the position.
Larry Walker, one of Sun State’s cofounders, will remain at the Sun City office as market development manager for Lafarge.
Lafarge in North America is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. Its materials are used for residential, commercial, institutional and public works construction. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lafarge S.A., the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all four of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. With 80,000 employees in 76 countries, Lafarge S.A. posted sales of 16 billion euros in 2005.