Higher oil prices drive up state infrastructure costs

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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Drexel engineers develop cement with 97% smaller carbon dioxide, energy footprint

Drexel University engineers are claiming to have found a way to improve upon portland cement. In research recently published in Cement and Concrete Composites the group served up a recipe for cement that is more energy efficient and cost effective to produce than masonry's most prevalent bonding compound.

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PCA chief economist expects modest cement consumption for 2012 forecast

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

Stronger than expected job creation and the beginning of a construction industry recovery means gains in real construction spending will materialize this year—after seven years of consecutive declines. According to the new forecast from PCA, increases in cement consumption will follow. PCA revised its fall forecast upward from 1.1 percent, to a modest 3.7 percent increase in 2012, followed by a 7.6 percent jump in 2013 and a 14.1 percent surge in 2014.

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Cemex leads Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

Four cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 11th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, sponsored by PCA and Concrete Products' sister publication Cement Americas at the association's recent spring meeting in Chicago. Of the six total top awards, Cemex's Louisville facility took three, including one for Overall Environmental Excellence.

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