Houston-based Intercem Americas conference focuses on trade, distribution, industry development


Themed “Strategies for Future Growth,” the 2011 Intercem Americas Conference features an extensive program looking at the issues that contribute to the current situation, both North and South, and attempt to provide some perspective. In addition, environmental issues and industry developments will also be examined at the event held at the OMNI Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, November 29–December 1,…

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Lafarge marks Canada’s National Precast Day with Habitat home plan

Sources: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.; Staff reports During an October 4 open house that drew 500 students, architects and engineers to its Edmonton precast plant, Lafarge announced participation in a local Habitat for Humanity NetZero energy duplex project. The producer will continue to spotlight the project—the first of its kind in Canada—on October 6, opening its Calgary precast operation…

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Cement Totals-July 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 6.8 million mt in July 2011, according to the USGS. This was slightly higher compared with shipments for July 2010. Total shipments for the year through July were approximately 38.8 million mt, unchanged compared to the same period…

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Cement Regulatory Relief legislation clears the House

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md. Today’s bipartisan passage of “Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011” (H.R. 2681) by the U.S. House of Representatives was overwhelmingly called a triumph by construction industry leaders. A year-long effort to reform what they believed would be job-killing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the…

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MIT researchers provide comprehensive LCA for buildings

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill. The need to decrease energy usage and subsequent emissions from the building sector has been at the forefront of U.S. green movement. To address this, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub conducted a life-cycle assessment (LCA) study to evaluate and improve the environmental impact and study how the “dual…

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TXI reports lower quarterly results

Source: Texas Industries Inc., Dallas TXI reported financial results for the quarter ended Aug. 31, 2011. Results for the quarter indicated a net loss of $7.4 million or $.27 per share. Results for the quarter ended Aug. 31, 2010, were a loss of $23.7 million or $.85 per share and included an after-tax charge of $18.0 million or $.65 per…

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