Other stories by Pierre Villere

  • A Shift in the Mortgage Market

    The pendulum swings back toward easier mortgage-lending standards as the government tries to resurrect housing.

  • The State of the Ready Mixed Industry

    Challenging times lie ahead, but in a good way. Expect volume and pricing growth, driven by increased demand and shortages in the industry's ability to meet this demand.

  • The Current State of Housing

    While single-family home starts slowly recover, don't minimize the impact multifamily housing has on the new-starts market. Multifamily is growing at almost double the rate of single-family housing.

  • Looking for a Healthy Economy in 2014

    The economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in 2013. Now, with all parts of the economy near or back to their pre-recession highs, we can expect a robust 2014.

  • A Look Back at 2013, and Ahead to 2014

    The performance of the construction industry in 2013 is proof that things are improving. Housing permits and federal spending have both increased.

  • Gulf Coast and West will Boom the next Decade

    The fastest growing area of the U.S. will be the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from the U.S.-Mexico border to the west coast of Florida. The Inland West region will do well also.

  • Will 2013 Signal a Return to Profits?

    Finances improved in 2012, but as a whole, the industry still operated at a loss. 2013 has demonstrated progress, and the author projects the industry will return to profitability this year.

  • Population Growth Guarantees Housing Recovery

    TCP's Concrete Returns columnist Pierre Villere explains why, after grinding to a halt in 2008, new home construction will be a robust market for the next several years.

  • What Lies Ahead for 2013

    The concrete industry's recovery will be very robust for this year and beyond.

  • Slugging It Out

    Ready-mix production could top 300 million yards in 2012.