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May 15, 2014, 09:00 ET

U.S. Cement Consumption Growth Continues in 2014

Although recent economic indicators point to a tempering of the U.S. economy, PCA is maintaining its forecast for steady growth in construction and...

Nov 21, 2013, 16:03 ET

U.S. Cement Consumption to Reach Nearly 80 Million Tons in 2013

Congressional Drama Can Threaten Recovery Growth in U.S. construction markets could be dampened by Congressional drama that erodes consumer...

Sep 12, 2013, 12:36 ET

PCA Says Cement Growth to Continue

Weather-Related Delays Will Not Stop Cement Growth An unusually wet spring and early summer dampened cement consumption for the first quarter...

Aug 06, 2013, 12:00 ET

Rebuilding Right Saves Lives, Resources

Higher Building Standards Aligned with Goals of Obama's Climate Action Plan Hurricane Sandy batters the Jersey shore; a tornado rips...

Jun 03, 2013, 17:05 ET

PCA Remains Optimistic; Expects Strong Growth in Cement

 Following the strongest cement consumption gains in seven years in 2012, cement consumption growth will continue in 2013 with a 6.2 percent...

Apr 30, 2013, 09:30 ET

Cement Industry Honors 2013 Leaders in Environmental Excellence

 Five cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 12th...

Feb 27, 2013, 11:13 ET

Street Smarts: Stiffer Pavements Can Reduce Fuel Use, says PCA

 Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that a pavement property called deflection could save more that $15...

Jan 18, 2013, 09:15 ET
Ed Sullivan, PCA Chief Economist.  (PRNewsFoto/Portland Cement Association)

PCA: All 50 States Expected to Experience Housing Recovery in 2013

2013 Housing Starts Approach the One Million Mark Since 2005, tepid economic growth and high foreclosure rates have depressed home prices,...

Jan 18, 2013, 09:15 ET

PCA Expects Strong Growth in Cement

Strong Economic Momentum Expected to Spillover to Construction Improving underlying economic fundamentals, the existence of large pent-up...

Nov 19, 2012, 14:06 ET

PCA Cement Forecast Heavily Dependent on Congressional Fiscal Cliff Action

Cement Consumption Will Rise or Fall Based on Timing of Resolution Although cement consumption and overall U.S. construction activity...

Aug 02, 2012, 14:18 ET

2012 Cement Consumption Expected to Exceed Earlier Expectations

Congressional uncertainty could curtail future growth  With the first half of 2012 experiencing favorable weather conditions, gains in...

Jul 16, 2012, 11:00 ET
The cement industry is running this billboard in Columbus, Ohio, to highlight road bidding practices that are costing taxpayers millions.  (PRNewsFoto/Portland Cement Association)

'Slick' Ad Highlights ODOT's Unfair Bidding Policy

PCA Campaign Urges Changes to State's Road Construction Procedure Road construction bidding policies that allow contractors to increase...

Apr 30, 2012, 13:39 ET

Modest Cement Consumption Growth Expected for 2012, Greater Growth Beyond

Stronger than expected job creation and the beginning of a construction industry recovery means gains in real construction spending will...

Apr 24, 2012, 12:21 ET

Cement Industry Honors 2012 Leaders in Environmental Improvement

Plants Commended for Benefiting Local Communities, Global Environment  Four cement plants received special recognition for their...

Mar 06, 2012, 14:29 ET

Higher Oil Prices Drive Up State Infrastructure Costs

Outdated Bidding Policies for Pavement Cost Taxpayers Billions  Rising oil prices not only affect fuel and transportation costs, they...

Feb 08, 2012, 13:39 ET

Despite Improvement to Economy, Foreclosures Continue to Drag Down Housing Starts, Prices

Processing delays create large "shadow" inventory of foreclosures  Home foreclosures decreased dramatically in 2011, but industry...

Jan 25, 2012, 09:35 ET

Outdated Bidding Polices for Pavement Costs Taxpayers Billions

Higher Oil Prices Influencing State Infrastructure Costs As oil prices rise and refineries adopt new technologies, industry experts are...

Nov 17, 2011, 12:30 ET

Slow Job Growth Tied to Slow Construction Recovery

Forecast Puts Robust Cement Consumption Off Until 2014 Job creation is key to improving many economic indicators, and its reduction translates...

Oct 06, 2011, 16:43 ET

Congress Takes Action to Protect American Jobs

PCA applauds passage of "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011" Today's bipartisan passage of "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011"...

Sep 08, 2011, 16:12 ET

"Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011" Protects Vital Construction Jobs

PCA testifies proposed legislation would save thousands of jobs Testifying today before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dan...