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Texas Industries, Inc. supplies heavy building materials in the United States. It operates in two segments, Cement, Aggregate, and Concrete (CAC); and Steel. The CAC segment produces and sells specialty cements, such as white portland, masonry, and oil well; stone; sand and gravel; ready-mix concrete; expanded shale and clay aggregate; and other products from its facilities in Texas, Louisiana, and California. The Steel segment produces and sells structural steel, piling products, special bar quality products, merchant bar quality rounds, reinforcing bar and channels from its facilities in Texas and Virginia. The company serves multiple end-use markets, including the public works, residential, commercial, retail, industrial, and institutional construction sectors, as well as the energy industry. As of May 31, 2005, it operated 93 manufacturing facilities in 6 states. The company was founded in 1946 and is based in Dallas, Texas.


Florida Rock Industries, Inc., a construction materials company, together with its subsidiaries, produces construction aggregates, ready mixed concrete, and concrete block. It operates in three segments: Construction Aggregates, Concrete Products, and Cement and Calcium Products. The Construction Aggregates segment engages in mining, processing, distribution and sale of sand, gravel and crushed stone. The Concrete Products segment engages in the production and sale of ready mix concrete, concrete block, and prestressed and precast concrete, as well as other building materials. The Cement and Calcium Products segment offers portland and masonry cement; calcium products to the animal feed industries; and imports cement and slag. Florida Rock has operations in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and Delaware. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.


CRH plc engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials. Its products include cement, aggregates, asphalt, readymixed concrete, and agricultural and chemical lime. The company also offers precast concrete products, clay bricks, pavers, tiles, insulation products, security gates and fencing, rooflights, glass fabrication, and construction accessories; and other concrete products, including block, masonry, patio products, prepackaged concrete mixes, rooftiles, sand-lime elements, and bricks. In addition, it markets and sells builders' supplies to the construction industry, and materials and products for the do-it-yourself (DIY) market through its stores. As of December 31, 2006, the company operated 206 DIY stores and 511 builders merchants stores. CRH operates primarily in the United States, Europe, Argentina, Canada, and Chile. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.


Ready Mix, Inc. manufactures and distributes ready mix concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan areas. It provides ready mix concrete, sand, and gravel products to concrete subcontractors, prime contractors, homebuilders, commercial and industrial property developers, and homeowners. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ready Mix, Inc. is a subsidiary of Meadow Valley Corporation.


James Hardie Industries N.V. engages in the manufacture and sale of fiber cement building products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Chile, and Europe. Its products are used in various markets, including new residential construction, such as single and multifamily housing; manufactured housing, including mobile and prefabricated homes; repair and remodeling; and various commercial and industrial applications, such as stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings, and gymnasiums. The company manufactures fiber cement products with various patterned profiles and surface finishes for external siding and soffit lining, roofing, internal linings, facades, fencing, pipes, and floor and tile underlayments. James Hardie Industries sells its products through direct sales, retailers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1888. It was formerly known as RCI Netherlands Holdings B.V. and changed its name to James Hardie Industries N.V. in 2001. James Hardie Industries is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


CEMEX, S.A. de C.V., a holding company, engages in the production, distribution, marketing, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and clinker worldwide. The company has operations in North, Central, and South America; Europe; the Caribbean; Asia; and Africa. It delivers its products through direct sales and distribution channels to the residential, industrial, commercial, and public sectors. CEMEX was founded in 1906 and is based in Garza Garcia, Mexico.


Eagle Materials, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of basic building materials used primarily in commercial and residential construction, and public construction projects in the United States. The company engages in the mining of gypsum and limestone; manufacture and sale of gypsum wallboard; and in the manufacture, production, distribution, and sale of portland cement. It also manufactures and sells recycled paperboard to the gypsum wallboard industry and other paperboard converters; and sells readymix concrete, as well as engages in the mining and sale of aggregates, such as crushed stone, sand, and gravel. The company's products are used primarily in construction projects and projects to build, expand, and repair roads and highways. Eagle Materials offers its cement products in Texas, northern Illinois, the Rocky Mountains, northern Nevada, and northern California; and gypsum wallboard and recycled paperboard in the continental United States. The company also provides concrete and aggregates to local readymix producers and paving contractors in the Austin, Texas area and northern California. Eagle Materials was founded in 1963. It was formerly known as Centex Construction Products, Inc. and changed its name to Eagle Materials, Inc. in 2004. The company is based in Dallas, Texas.


U.S. Concrete, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of concrete and related construction materials in the United States. Its products comprise ready-mixed concrete; precast concrete, including specialty-engineered structures, custom signage, manholes, catch basins, highway barriers, and curb inlets; building materials, such as rebar, wire mesh, color additives, curing compounds, grouts, wooden forms, and other items; aggregates; and concrete masonry. The company also provides formulation of mixtures for specific design uses, onsite and lab-based product quality control, and customized delivery programs. It primarily offers its products and services to general contractors, developers, and home builders. U.S. Concrete had 88 fixed and 7 portable ready-mixed concrete plants, 8 precast concrete plants, 3 concrete block plants, and 1 aggregates quarry, as of April 19, 2005. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.