Ash Grove's Seattle Plant wins workplace safety award

Source: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.

The Ash Grove Cement Co.’s Seattle, Wash., plant received the Association of Washington Business’ Better Workplace Safety Award from Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D). “We are honored that our company’s comprehensive safety program has been recognized by the Association of Washington Business,” said Plant Manager Todd Hinton. “This is an important recognition for our team’s efforts because safety is a cornerstone of how we operate every minute of every hour of every day.”

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FLSmidth awarded two cement projects in Brazil

Source: FLSmidth, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen-based FLSmidth has signed a contract for two cement projects worth a total of US$132 million with the company Cimpor Cimentos do Brasil Ltda in Brazil. The contract comprises equipment for the Caxitu project, a new greenfield cement plant in Paraiba State near the town of Joâo Pessoa, and for a new kiln line project at the Cezarina cement plant located in Goias State, 130 km from Goiania.

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Cement Totals—November 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 6.2 million mt in November 2011, according to the USGS. This was 5.0 perfect higher compared with shipments for November 2010. Total shipments for the year through November were approximately 67.3 million mt, slightly higher compared to the same period in 2010.

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Judge denies Florida Cement and Concrete Antitrust plaintiffs class certification

Sources: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami; Staff reports

An early-January ruling stands to significantly increase costs and complicate litigation burdens for In Re Florida Cement and Concrete Antitrust Litigation plaintiffs. Greatly streamlined from initial claims of a five-year scope and 10-defendant pool, the two-year-old case alleges a 2008–2009 concrete price-fixing conspiracy among Cemex Inc., Florida Rock Industries, VCNA Prestige Ready-Mix Florida Inc., and Tarmac America LLC.

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