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Lafarge, Holcim Salvage Merger

Europe’s two largest cement companies Holcim and Lafarge have rescued a stumbling €41 billion (Euros) merger by reconciling differences over financial terms and management that nearly caused the collapse of one of the biggest deals in recent years, London’s Financial Times reports.

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Key Projects Drive February Construction Starts

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $724.3 billion, new construction starts in February advanced 16 percent compared to the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Much of the lift came from three massive projects valued each in excess of $1 billion that were included as February construction starts.

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Turin Talks Hard Work, Happiness at Young Leaders Luncheon

Dave Turin of the hit Discovery Channel TV show “Gold Rush” gave the keynote address at the NSSGA's Young Leaders luncheon, sponsored by Rock Products, and his message of hard work, family first and finding personal happiness had everyone in the room clapping.

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Astec Co-Founder, Industry Giant Don Brock Dies

BROCK 150Astec Industries Inc. announced that Dr. J. Don Brock, Chairman and former CEO of Astec Industries, Inc. passed away earlier today at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. As previously announced, he had been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2012.

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