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With 162 games to play, a major league baseball season is more like a marathon, rather than a sprint. A year in the life of a concrete producer is similar. How you handle business and its challenges day in and day out over the long-run determines success or failure.

Continued strong residential construction and an uptick in commercial spending let producers get a few hits in 2004. But there also were some challenges. If a producer didn’t respond to those pesky cement shortages, he most likely would be charged with an error. And soaring fuel costs turned what would have been some robust doubles and triples into mere singles.

But when all was said and done, many producers hit home runs. The biggest hitters comprise THE CONCRETE PRODUCER’s Fourth Annual TCP 100 survey of the North American concrete industry’s largest producers.