Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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16 • July 2015 U.S. Concrete Inc. closed its third and fourth deals of 2015, capping the first half by acquir- ing the assets of DuBrook Concrete Inc., Chan- tilly, Va., and Colonial Concrete Co., Newark, N.J. With three ready mixed plants and a 42-mixer fleet in northern Virginia, DuBrook is strategic to Superior Concrete Materials, U.S. Concrete's long-held Washington, D.C. business. The Colonial transaction adds three sites and about 40 mixers to the New Jersey flagship, Eastern Concrete Materials. "DuBrook is a great complement to our existing operations and further strengthens local customer relationships by providing a more robust service footprint," says U.S. Concrete CEO William Sandbrook. "We ex- pect this transaction to be immediately ac- cretive to our business as we integrate Du- Brook's operations into our platform, and capitalize on commercial and residential project opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area." In the northern New Jersey market, poised for strong growth driven by popula- tion expansion and economic development, Sandbrook adds, Colonial Concrete has a 35-year track record in commercial and res- idential work. Among marquee projects on its recent order log are the Red Bull Arena, Newark, and Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford. The newly expanded Eastern Concrete and Superior Materials operate under USC Atlantic, one of four U.S. Concrete regions. Colonial and DuBrook follow a larger bolt- on deal, Flushing, N.Y.-based Ferrara Bros. Building Materials, which closed in April and solidifed U.S. Concrete's metro New York and New Jersey presence. The Ferrara Bros. brand covers nine plants east of the Hudson River, centered in three New York City boroughs, while the Eastern Concrete banner applies to one New York and 12 New Jersey plants, plus the Colonial properties. Beyond USC Atlantic, U.S. Concrete closed on a fourth transaction earlier this year, four-plant Right Away Redy Mix in Oakland, Calif. PRECAST SUNSET Concurrent with the USC Atlantic region developments, U.S. Concrete unloaded the remaining asset of its Precast Group—a Mid- dleburg, Pa., architectural plant, buyer and sum undisclosed. The move consummates a strategy effected nearly three years ago with the sale of northern and southern California precast operations, followed by a Phoenix site—Oldcastle Precast and Jensen Precast, respectively, the suitors in transactions total- ing $25 million. The Pennsylvania plant deal, notes Sand- brook, "Marks the completion of our exit from the noncore precast concrete business. Since 2011, we have taken many successful steps to strategically position our business to capitalize on heavy construction materi- al opportunities in our markets. This timely and accretive divestiture is another positive accomplishment and highly aligned with our strategic direction." NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS U.S. Concrete grows D.C., Garden State RM businesses; completes precast production exit LAFARGEHOLCIM SPURS RARE CRH C-SUITE ADDITION CRH Plc Group Finance Director Maeve Carton will shift to a new assignment in January 2016: Identifying and implementing the optimum financial and business model for the future. Her appointment as group transformation director marks a rare increase in executive headcount for the Oldcastle Inc. parent, which through decades of global growth has confined its head- quarters to the historic Belgard Castle near Dublin. Carton will be responsible for improved shareholder returns by identifying further syn- ergies, efficiencies and cash generation opportunities as the company acquires new busi- nesses. Looming large will be assimilation of Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. assets in North America and Europe that CRH has agreed to acquire in a $7 billion-plus transaction, contin- gent on this month's scheduled closing of the merger creating LafargeHolcim. The acquisition of Holcim (Canada) Inc. and overseas businesses will increase CRH by at least 25 percent, positioning it with $25 billion-plus in worldwide sales. "This is a key role for the future of CRH. Maeve's experience and insight into the struc- tures and operations of CRH are invaluable at this time of transformation," says Group Chief Executive Albert Manifold. A search for her successor will commence shortly, he adds, with an eye toward an appointment by late 2015. 641.394.4111 phone Metal Fabrication Done Right Fold Back Box Form Quick Strip Base Form Roll Over Box Form Roll Back Box Form Cone Form Quick Strip Roll Back Base Form "Crete Hawg" Remote Controlled Concrete Buckets

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