MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION

Holcim US Unites Legacy Brands in Colorado

Holcim | September 29, 2022 | Read time : 01:44 min

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Holcim US, the leader in sustainable building solutions, announced today plans to unite its legacy brands in Colorado. The regional rebrand will advance Holcim's innovative ideas to build progress for people in the Centennial State, while maintaining the existing teams and products responsible for unmatched customer satisfaction.

A trusted partner for decades in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins, Holcim's Colorado-based legacy brands and operations include aggregates, cement, concrete, and asphalt and will join the Holcim Portland cement plant in Florence under the Holcim name. This next phase of the Holcim US transition will impact the Mountain Region, including Aggregate Industries, Metro Mix Concrete and Transit Mix Concrete.

"In joining the state's legacy brands and operations, our goal is to continue leading the industry into a more sustainable future, while providing the same distinguished products and services we're known for in Colorado, Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress. Operations at each of the locations will continue to provide the same level of quality service and products customers have come to expect over the years, now under the Holcim name."

-Chance Allen, general manager, ACM Mountain Region, Holcim US.

The timely transition kicks off just after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, containing roughly $5 billion for various programs that aim to accelerate the industry's shift toward low-embodied carbon building material, making now a critical time to band together and maximize innovation. Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress.

About Holcim:
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world's most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

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First Robot Inducted Into Builders Association

SQ4D | December 09, 2022

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PRODUCTS, CONSTRUCTION

Deltek ComputerEase Once Again Named a Top Tech Firm by Construction Executive Magazine

Deltek | October 13, 2022

Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, announced that it has been recognized as one of the Top Construction Tech Firms™ in 2022 by Construction Executive (CE) Magazine. This is the second year Deltek ComputerEase has been selected for the list. The annual list by Construction Executive Magazine highlights the firms that are helping construction companies streamline construction accounting processes, improve productivity and safety, and increase profitability. Each year, Construction Executive reaches out to more than 1,000 technology firms who serve the construction industry and asks them to complete a nomination form for the annual list of The Top Construction Technology Firms™. This year's 2022 list is a snapshot of the largest technology firms serving the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Deltek ComputerEase was recognized in several categories, including Accounting & Job Costing; Asset Management; Field Reporting & Daily Reporting; Financial Technology; and Project Management, Collaboration & Scheduling. "We are thrilled to be recognized again by CE magazine as one of the Top Construction Tech Firms! It is critical for construction businesses of all sizes to optimize performance across accounting and project management to stay competitive. We're proud that our industry-focused products enable contractors to manage costs, improve scheduling and enhance collaboration, With Deltek ComputerEase, we've been able to help thousands of businesses dig into the data and get the visibility into each job they need to boost efficiency and maximize productivity and revenue." -John Meibers, Vice President and General Manager of Deltek ComputerEase. About Deltek: Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 30,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management, and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue.

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ENGINEERING TECH, CONSTRUCTION

New Model-Based Workflows, Reality Capture and Extended File Support in Autodesk Construction Cloud Make BIM More Valuable to Construction Teams

Autodesk | September 28, 2022

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IBM Acquires Dialexa to Speed Digital Innovation

IBM | September 26, 2022

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