Lafarge emphasizes transportation, mobile equipment during Health & Safety Month

Each June, Lafarge North America facilities across the continent and at its sister company sites around the world celebrate Health & Safety Month, renewing the company's commitment to the health and safety of their employees, contractors, families and local communities with a month’s worth of awareness-raising activities and events. From healthy meals and fitness challenges to educational safety programs and demonstrations, Lafarge employees are immersed in the company’s overarching culture of safety and wellness.

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Holcim attributes price bump to energy, EPA-compliance costs

Holcim (US) Inc. of Waltham, Mass., announced cement price increases effective August 1, citing burgeoning energy and operating costs, plus outlays associated with anticipated environmental regulations covering mills and air pollution controls.

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White cement, slag mix doubles High Concrete panels' solar reflectance

Denver-based High Concrete Group has introduced a mix design that is said to significantly improve the heat reflectance of precast concrete surfaces, causing them to stay cooler by reversing the urban heat island effect. The mix imparts a solar reflective index (SRI) of 82 in finished products, nearly double that of the company’s conventional gray concrete mixes.

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Cemex to cut 2,800 jobs worldwide by year's end

Mexico-based construction materials giant Cemex is planning to cut 6.0% of its workforce worldwide as part of a wider reorganization. Reuters reported the world's third-largest cement maker said it hopes to generate $400 million in additional cash flow by the end of 2012 through cutting costs and improving underperforming businesses. The company employs about 46,500 people across the globe and is seeking cost savings of about $260 million this year.

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