Cement consumption forecast adjusted favorably for second time in 2012

With the first half of 2012 experiencing favorable weather conditions, gains in residential and nonresidential construction activity and robust gains in cement intensities, the new PCA forecast nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year. The association's revised its spring forecast upward, anticipating a 6.9 percent increase in 2012 from 2011 levels (and up from a May forecast of 3.7 percent), followed by a 5.8 percent jump in 2013, and a double-digit increase of 10.9 percent in 2014.

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PCA shifts leadership focus to D.C., names Scott new president

The Portland Cement Association announced management changes designed to shift leadership to Washington, D.C., in support of a renewed emphasis on national advocacy efforts in our nation’s capital. Effective September 6, Greg Scott, PCA’s senior vice president of government affairs, was promoted to president. He will report to Brian McCarthy, PCA’s current president/CEO based in Skokie, who will remain with PCA until year-end as CEO.

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Cement Totals June 2012

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were 7.6 million mt in June 2012, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was almost 5.0 percent higher compared with shipments for June 2011. Shipments for the year through June were 37 million mt, up about 15 percent for the same period in 2011.

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EPA proposes updates, two-year deadline extension for 2010 cement standards

In response to a federal court ruling and industry data, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing changes to its 2010 air standards for the portland cement manufacturing industry. The proposal would continue the significant emission reductions from the 2010 standards, while providing industry additional compliance flexibilities, including more time to implement the proposed updates by extending the compliance date for existing cement kilns from September 2013 to September 2015.

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