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  • Digging Out

    I believe the key to the housing recovery will be the traditional government-backed mortgage markets. And there are already signs that these federal institutions have stepped into the breach of the mortgage mess to provide relief.

  • The Science of Pricing Concrete

    The problem with economic downturns in the concrete industry is that the competitor down the street often doesn't value his product or company at a fair price.

  • Rocky Times for Aggregate

    Last month, I reviewed Florida's aggregates shortage and how it affects that state's ability to supply the material required for the construction projects you see as you drive up and down I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. Now, lets look at California...

  • The Looming Aggregate Crisis

    For years now, California and Florida have led the nation in growth, and there is no doubt that these two states will be among the growth leaders for decades to come. But a troubling trend that could impact residential, commercial, and public works projects in those states is the looming aggregates...

  • Housing's Perfect Storm

    Against the financial backdrop of the new housing market, it is becoming harder to predict the outcome of 2007. But we could see a year where concrete production falls as much as 10% to 15% from the 2006 record.

  • A Concrete MBA

    As young people advance in our industry, they have not been exposed to the financial and strategic skills they need. The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro has filled this important role.

  • Breaking Even

    he Break-Even Point is the point where expenses or costs equal revenues. Quite simply, it is the inflection point when a concrete business neither makes money nor losses money.

  • A Look at Tech

    In March, two information technology providers in our industry, Command Alkon and Systech, held their annual Customer Conferences. Pierre Villere spent some quiet time with a few of the senior executives at the two companies and heard their thoughts on the future direction of technology in our...

  • A Bright Future

  • Housing's Big Fall

    The impact may not be as dire as you think.