Other stories by Pierre Villere

  • The China (Cement) Syndrome

  • The Train Keeps Rolling

  • Hang on a Little Longer

  • So You've Built it... Now What?

    Have you thought about the future of your family business?

  • The Looming Tax Dilemma

    Beyond the current slowdown, what I see on the government's fiscal horizon worries me mor

  • Calm Down: No Recession

    The concrete industry faces tough questions whenever the economic horizon is cloudy. Managers must decide on the timing for capital expenditures, how to plan staffing levels, and many smaller decisions in between.

  • It Was a Great Ride

    As producers prepare for 2008, projections from various sources point to a 10% to 15% reduction in total sales volume as the housing bust hits bottom. This reduction translates into a contraction of 45 million to 70 million yards, depending if the housing industry begins a slow recovery by the end...

  • 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...