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Eagle Material reports second quarter rise in earnings, USA

30 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Eagle Materials has reported continued growth in sales volumes and earnings in the second quarter as revenues rise 22 per cent to US$164.7m. Second quarter sales volumes improved across all major business lines and wallboard net sales prices increased 30 per cent as compared to the prior year's second quarter. Improved second quarter operating cash flow was used to fund capital expenditures, pay dividends and reduce debt which further strengthened our financial position. Eagle ended the qua...

Lehigh Cement gets green light for conveyor project, USA

25 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Co has been given approval to construct a 4.4 mile long underground conveyor system from the company's quarry to the plant in Union Bridge, Maryland, USA. The board of the Carroll County Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning amendment enabling the company to proceed with the project. The conveyor will transport about 12,000tpd of stone from the company’s New Windsor quarry to the plant. Lehigh says the conveyor will be 3m to 20m underground.

TXI Midlothian Plant Earns EPA Energy Star Award, USA

24 October 2012, Published under Cement News

TXI Operations, LP, a subsidiary of Texas Industries, Inc announced today that its Midlothian Cement Plant has been awarded the 2012 Energy Star® certification for superior energy performance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award places the TXI Midlothian Cement Plant in an exceptional category of high-performing, energy efficient cement plants in the US, based on the EPA's strict energy efficiency performance levels through the National Energy Performance ...

PCA, MSHA renew safety alliance, USA

22 October 2012, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) renewed an alliance designed to foster safer and more healthful working conditions in the cement industry.??Originally signed in 2008, the agreement allows PCA and MSHA to combine resources and expertise to provide cement industry personnel with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of all cement manufacturing empl...

Five Holcim plants receive Energy Star, USA

18 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim (US) Inc announced today that five of its plants have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR®. "It is with great pride that once again Holcim is recognized by the EPA for our continued commitment to environmentally sound practices with the ENERGY STAR® Awards," said Filiberto Ruiz, deputy chief executive officer of Holcim (US). "Protecting the environment is a priority at Holcim, and these awards reflect the determination of every Holcim employe...

US shipments rise 14% YoY, Jan-July 2012

10 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for the year through July were 44.4Mt, up by about 14%, data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) showed. The leading producing states in July were Texas, California, Missouri, Michigan, and Florida, in descending order and accounted for about 43 per cent of total output. The leading consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, in descending order) received about 35 per cent of the Jul...

Construction held by challenging macroeconomic environment

08 October 2012, Published under Cement News

A recent research note by analysts at CM-CIC Securities sees four main themes for the global construction sector in light of a prevailing harsh macroeconomic environment. While diverse trends are being witnessed in the US and Europe and emerging markets are expected to see a slowdown in growth, a turning point could be reached in 2012-13 in terms of margins.   Taking a historical look, the France-based research house highlights that today's construction industry crisis, which was fuelled by...

Lafarge divests in US assets to Eagle, market improves

01 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Last week, Lafarge announced the disposal of two cement works and a network of ready-mix concrete plants in Missouri and Oklahoma, USA, to Eagle Materials Inc, adding US$446m (EUR344m) to its coffers. With the deal, Eagle Materials acquires the 1Mta Kansas City (MO) and the 0.6Mta unit in Tulsa (OK) as well as related distribution terminals, two aggregate quarries, eight ready-mixed concrete businesses and a fly ash firm. The move is seen by some as a win-win for both parties. Eagle secures...

Texas Industries reduces quarterly net loss, USA

28 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries, Inc reported a net loss of US$2.7m for the quarter ended 31 August 2012, against a loss of US$7.4m in the same period of last year as shipments and pricing improve. "Though not back to pre-recession levels, our results reflect improvement in our markets," stated Mel Brekhus, Chief Executive Officer. "Shipments are up, pricing is improving and we are seeing the benefits of our margin enhancement initiatives." "I am looking forward to beginning the commissioning of our ne...

Continental Cement Co to upgrade clinker storage facilities

27 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Continental Cement Company LLC has agreed to complete a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at US$300,000 at its Hannibal (MO) facility. The SEP is part of a consent agreement with The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 in which Continental Cement has also agreed to pay a US$22,025 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act in 2007 and 2008. The project will see the replacement of the outside clinker storage pile with the associated material ...