Feds circle prospective Martin Marietta, Vulcan market overlaps

Source: Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Staff reports

In response to a potential Martin Marietta–Vulcan Materials merger the former company proposed in a early-December stock-for-stock exchange offer, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division has requested Vulcan provide ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt delivery detail from certain operations in 15 states. Vulcan noted in a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filing it had received from Justice officials a Civil Investigative Demand and request for additional information and documentary.

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Sustainable Development Council releases guidelines for responsible quarrying

Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland

The WBCSD recently released Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation, which provides practical guidance for managing the impacts of quarrying activities and ensuring that environments are properly revitalized. Led by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), the project was carried out by a group of member companies and is based on methods that they have successfully employed.

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PCA Board elects slate of directors

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

The Portland Cement Association Board of Directors elected officers and a new slate of directors for the coming year at its Annual Meeting on November 15. Aris Papadopoulos (Titan America), was re-elected to serve as chairman of the Board and Sylvain Garnaud (Lafarge North America) as vice chairman of the Board.

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Employees celebrate 200,000 hours of safe work at Lafarge Exshaw plant

Source: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.

More than 200,000 hours of safe operation was celebrated recently at Lafarge Canada’s Exshaw, Alberta, cement plant. The 150 laborers, equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, engineers, and  managers at the plant have good reason to be proud as they have worked injury free for the better part of 2011 and the streak continues into 2012.

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