WOC: South of the Border

Once again, the most important exhibition in the concrete industry is extending its borders, into the strongest construction marketplace in Latin America. Expand your horizons at World of Concrete Mexico, June 19–21 in Mexico City.

The concrete and cement industry in Mexico has never been stronger. That's why more than 200 exhibitors were on the floor in 2006. Last year's show also had a record number of attendees: more than 6000 construction professionals from 21 countries, including contractors, architects, engineers, housing developers, distributors, and civil engineers.

This year, thousands more will pack the state-of-the-art Centro Banamex convention center to discover more than 45,000 square feet of the newest equipment, products, and materials in the country. They will also benefit from the International Conference Program developed by Hanley Wood Exhibitions, E. J. Krause de Mexico, and the Mexican Cement and Concrete Institute (IMCYC).

This unique program will cover all aspects of concrete construction, and all areas of the construction industry in Mexico.

Highlights will include indoor and outdoor action demos of concrete equipment and techniques, and commercial presentations by exhibitors. Seminar attendees can take advantage of ACI Certification Program credits, and a simultaneous translation service.

Visit www.worldofconcretemexico.com for more information on registration and travel.

Vulcan Materials to Buy Florida Rock

Vulcan Materials has signed an agreement to buy Florida Rock Industries for $4.6 billion in cash and stock. Based in Birmingham, Ala., Vulcan operates 26 ready-mix plants in California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Florida Rock operates more than 100 ready-mix plants in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Both companies also are major producers of other construction materials, such as aggregates and cement. Vulcan expects to achieve annual cost savings of $50 million. The deal should close in mid-2007. Vulcan's 2006 revenue totaled $3 billion, compared to $1.3 billion for Florida Rock. Vulcan is No. 6 and Florida Rock No. 12 in the 2006 TCP 100 rankings of largest concrete producers.

When complete, Florida Rock president and CEO John Baker will join Vulcan's board of directors. Tom Baker, Florida Rock's vice president, cement and aggregates, will become president of Vulcan's new Florida Rock division based in Jacksonville. Florida Rock's operations in Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland will be integrated into existing Vulcan operations.

For more on both companies, visit www.vulcanmaterials.com, and www.flarock.com.

Hanson Makes Acquisitions

Hanson Pipe & Precast bought Price Brothers Co., a Dayton, Ohio-based manufacturer of concrete pressure pipe with plants in Bakewell, Tenn.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Palatka, Fla.; South Beloit, Ill.; and a Price Brothers subsidiary in Weybridge, England. Hanson also recently acquired the prestressed division of Sherman Industries in Pelham, Ala., concrete pipe manufacturer Johnson Bateman Co., in Ontario, Calif., and opened a new pipe plant in Houston. For more, visit www.hansonpipeandprecast.com, and www.pipesite.com.

Lafarge Buys Agg Supplier

Lafarge purchased Feltes Sand and Gravel in Elburn, Ill., about 40 miles west of Chicago. The operation, to be renamed Lafarge Elburn, produces and sells 2.7 million tons of aggregate annually. This increases Lafarge's Chicago -area aggregate sales to 11 million tons per year. Visit www.lafarge.com.