Data & Markets

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    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...

     
  • Cemex Completes Global Integration of New Business Platform

    CEMEX announced today its successful global integration of the most advanced enterprise platform based on SAP.

     
  • An Update on Housing

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

     
  • If the Shoe Fits...

    Providing an upgraded experience through knowledge is the point at which the experience transitions from generic to specific—and that's when customers will refer you.

     
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    The Emperor's New Clothes

    Here are three lessons the recession has taught us.

     
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    A Community of People

    These days, community has gone beyond geography and also refers to any group of people who has something in common, besides living in the same town or neighborhood. Included among these would be ethnic, racial, and religious communities. The Internet has had a lot to do with this.

     
  • Bonsal American, Inc. Acquires TXI Package Products

    Bonsal American, Inc., an Oldcastle® Company, today announced that it has acquired the TXI Package Products business of TXI Operations, LP, a subsidiary of Texas Industries, Inc., which is based in Dallas, Texas.

     
  • Jensen Precast Acquires Assets of Teichert Precast

    One of America's largest privately owned precast concrete companies, Jensen Precast, announced today that they have acquired the assets of the Teichert Precast Concrete Products plants in Sacramento and Stockton, California.

     
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    Cemstone's Tom Becken Receives Leadership Award

    Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mixed, engineered, and architectural concrete, as well as aggregates, announced that H. Tom Becken, Cemstone CEO, has received the 2012 William B. Allen Award from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

     
  • U.S. Concrete Names Stego Industries as the Exclusive Sales Partner

    U.S. Concrete, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Stego Industries, LLC to become its exclusive channel partner to market and sell Aridus® Rapid Drying Concrete.

     
  • The Question of Loyalty

    CEOs are famous for giving lip service to customer service. Statistics bear out that typically few resources, whether human or financial, are invested in improving the customer experience.

     
  • April Quick Poll

     
  • Customer Service Begins Inside

     
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    I Hate it When i'm Wrong

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

     
  • Measure It to Manage It

    The reality is that we can't manage what we don't measure. And without measurement, things can easily wield out of control.

     
  • Higher Yourself With Education

    Managers combine experience with learning to take the next step.

     
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    Your Drivers: A Forgotten Asset

    Ready-mix drivers are the face of your company.

     
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    Tough to Hear

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

     
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    Housing: How Bad for How Long?

    Psyches must heal before housing makes a comeback.

     
  • Hostile Bid for Vulcan Materials

    Martin Marietta Materials notified Vulcan Materials on Dec. 12 that it is offering $4.6 billion in a hostile bid to acquire Vulcan. Both are large players in aggregate production in the U.S. Both companies also have ready-mixed concrete operations.

     
 
 
 
 

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