Every year THE CONCRETE PRODUCER compiles its annual TCP 100 list as a reference for our readers, as well as a recognition of the industry's leaders (to see a few of the past TCP 100 lists, scroll down).
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The 2008 TCP 100: Picture Imperfect
A painter can portray whatever he likes on a blank canvas. But businesses or whole industries do not have the luxury of starting from a clean slate. They must take what is given and make the best of it.
That's what producers did in 2007. They contended with a plunge in housing starts and rising raw material and fuel costs. And still, the industry persevered. Here, we present producers' strategies.
There's a rumor that many of the chairs in the offices of the leading concrete producer have been modified recently. Many of the smart concrete producers in 2007 (and so far this year) have been reported to be wearing their new seatbelts. Those who haven't been suitably equipped might have received a serious case of whiplash as they've tried to direct their companies in these topsy-turvy times.
Rarely has a year been filled with more important events. For every piece of good news that seems to indicate things are going forward smoothly, a manager would get jarred with another bit of bad news.
For instance, commercial and public works construction eked out gains of 3% and 2%, respectively, in the U.S. last year. Producers were pouring or getting ready to pour concrete for high-profile projects such as the 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and the 1776-foot-tall Freedom Tower on the former World Trade Center site in New York City.
But a staggering 24% drop in total residential construction, triggered by the subprime lending debacle, wiped out these commercial gains. “The continued strength of the non-residential construction sector during the year was offset by a very weak residential sector,” reported CRH Plc, the Ireland-based owner of Oldcastle Materials, to its stockholders.
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Audax Group. Park Avenue Equity Partners. ShoreView Industries. These are some of the biggest names in today's concrete industry, but you won't find them painted on a ready-mix drum. That's because one of the world's most plentiful building materials has caught the eye of a group of people far away from dusty jobsites: private investors.
The skylines of the nation's cities glisten with concrete buildings that reach to the stars. Much of the material supplied for these super-structures comes from batch plants operated by skilled technicians, and then transported to jobsites by drivers, some of whom have toiled for producers for decades.Click here to read the complete article.
When all was said and done, many producers hit home runs. The biggest hitters comprise THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's Fourth Annual TCP 100 survey of the North American concrete industry's largest producers.The full text of this article is available as a PDF document. To download the PDF version of the article Click here.
Cautious optimism prevailed among the TCP 100-THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's third annual survey of North America's top producers, ranked by 2003 revenue. The full text of this article is available as a PDF document. To download the PDF version of the article Click here.
In 2002 the fear of the unknown seized the nation. Iraq was on many minds and a military buildup siphoned government funds from transportation and construction. A general reluctance to commit to large projects slowed many aspects of construction. Despite these factors, the 2003 TCP 100 report showed that there was still strength in concrete amid uncertain times. The full text of this article is available as a PDF document. To download the PDF version of the article Click here.