Other stories by Pierre Villere

  • 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.

  • Shoulder to the Wheel

    Leaders have no choice but to reach agreement on the Fiscal Cliff.

  • On the Upswing

    I have spent the last couple of columns talking about the mistakes we made in the last boom, and how to avoid them as we stand on the edge of the recovery. But while we weren’t looking the last several weeks, the housing market has apparently had an upswing, and is showing signs of recovery...

  • An Update on Housing

    The recovery will occur state by state, town by town, and neighborhood by neighborhood.

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Here are three lessons the recession has taught us.

  • I Hate it When i'm Wrong

    The housing collapse's serverity and recession escaped many forecasters.

  • Tough to Hear

    Despite a brutal market, the largest producers are solidly profitable.