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  • Pre-tax profit and ready-mix production both improved in 2012.

    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.

     
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    Construction Employment Hits 50-Month High

    Construction employment hit a 50-month high as employers added 11,000 jobs in October, and the industry unemployment rate fell to 9 percent. That's the fifth consecutive month of sector job gains, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

     
  • Viewpoint For Project Collaboration

    Viewpoint For Project Collaboration provides diverse project stakeholders and geographically dispersed construction team members a web-oriented, multitenant cloud-based product to access project related information including the ability to manage, distribute, mark-up and audit drawings, submittals...

     
  • The NexTraq GPS Fleet Tracking Solution

    The NexTraq Fleet Tracking solution is the most comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use solution in the telematics industry.

     
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    CECE and CEMA present action plan for growth to the EU Parliament

    The Presidents of CECE and CEMA, Mr. Johann Sailer and Mr Gilles Dryancour, have presented to the EU Parliament a manifesto with a 10-point action plan for a strong industrial production in Europe. Doing this, the European construction equipment and agricultural machinery industries underline that...

     
  • Top 10 Publicly Traded Ready-Mix Producers in 2012

    Things are looking up for the top concrete producers in North America; 2012 revenue reports indicate they are gradually earning back business lost during the recession years. We rank these companies by revenue and employees (in North America only), and take a look at their growth, acquisitions...

     
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    TCP 2013 Survey: Bright Spots of Recovery

    Concrete producers echoed expert economists’ opinions in the 2013 TCP Survey. Readers shared the challenges they have faced in every region of North America, but also expressed a sense of optimism about what’s to come.

     
  • When asked about shortages of materials, equipment, or personnel, many TCP Survey respondents say theyve had trouble finding good employees, especially qualified and reliable drivers.

    TCP Survey respondents tell stories of resilience

    Each year, the TCP survey paints a true picture of what producers are experiencing across North America, beyond the economic reports and construction data. Overwhelmingly, this year's responses revealed how top producers have managed to survive the turbulence of the past few years, and how they're...

     
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    Why the housing recovery has yet to impact the economy

    Pierre Villere discusses why the current housing recovery isn’t moving the needle in our economic recovery. He explores why the current recovery isn’t boosting overall consumer spending like it did last time, the effects rising interest rates will have, and how the recession has left our industry...

     
  • CIM MBA program develops future talent

    Luckily for the concrete industry, the pool of talented professionals is still growing, thanks in part to a succession plan producers set in motion during better times. More than 700 undergraduate students have graduated with Concrete Industry Management (CIM) degrees, and the first group of eight...

     
  • 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.

     
  • Will 2013 bring luck for contractors as the recession recovery continues?

    Construction was the first industry to fall into recession and the last to emerge from it. The industry finally seems to be recovering, but there are still plenty of risks that could cut short the revival.

     
  • Unions and concrete industry employers are working together to ensure the stability of multi-employer pension plans, with the financial security of more than 10 million current and retired workers at stake.

    A Pension Plan Solution?

    Unions and concrete industry employers are working to ensure the stability of multi-employer pension plans, with the financial security of more than 10 million current and retired workers at stake.

     
  • Mark Carpenter appointed SVP of Hanson Engineered Products

    Carpenter, most recently president of Hanson Pipe & Precast, succeeds Mike Leathers.

     
  • Central Concrete supplies its concrete mix designs for Bay Area signature projects

    Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete, Inc. has announced that it supplied its concrete mix designs for three new San Francisco Bay Area projects – the recently opened Exploratorium in San Francisco, Devil's Slide Tunnel and Bridges, and Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.

     
  • The new Terex FD5000 Great Lakes Front Discharge truck unveiled at World of Concrete boasts a 197-inch wheelbase, offering improved weight distribution between the axle and the stretched wheelbase, and increasing operator comfort when driving to and from the jobsite.

    Truck Manufacturers Prepare for an Upswing

    Truck and mixer sales seem poised for growth.

     
  • What Lies Ahead for 2013

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

     
  • Oldcastle Architectural acquires Expocrete Concrete Products

    Oldcastle Architectural has acquired Expocrete Concrete Products Ltd., giving North America’s largest producer of concrete masonry and hardscape products an increased presence in the high-growth region of western Canada.

     
  • Can concrete save the U.S. economy?

    Calls for improving America’s infrastructure are getting louder by the day.

     
  • Slim chance for another infrastructure ‘stimulus’

    The $50 billion infrastructure initiative President Obama announced in his State of the Union address ignited hopes that federal spending on local public works projects would be heating up just as stimulus funding was cooling down.

     
 
 
 

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