Despite improvements to economy, foreclosures continue to drag down housing starts, prices

Home foreclosures decreased dramatically in 2011, but industry experts are cautioning that this is not a reflection of improvements in the housing market, but a result of legal, process and “robo-signing” issues. At the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando recently, Ed Sullivan, chief economist for Portland Cement Association, said that the 1.9 million foreclosures reported in 2011 is understated by more than 1 million due to the processing delays.

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Ash Grove Leamington plant wins top safety award

Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Leamington, Utah, plant won top honors in the company’s annual L.T. Sunderland Safety Excellence Award competition for 2011. Since 2006, eight Ash Grove cement manufacturing plants and two grinding facilities have competed to earn the award. Each facility is evaluated on an extensive matrix of data that is focused on health and safety process and results.

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Lafarge Exshaw recognized for health & safety leadership

More than 200,000 hours of safe operation were celebrated recently at Lafarge Canada’s Exshaw cement plant in Alberta. The 150 laborers, equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, engineers and managers at the cement plant worked injury free for the better part of 2011and the streak continues into 2012.

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