PCA Forecasts Cement Consumption Decline Into 2021

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The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its annual Fall Forecast, which predicts a modest decrease in cement consumption during 2020 and 2021. PCA Market Intelligence expects cement consumption, based on the weighted average of three different economic scenarios, will lessen by 1.5% for the remainder of 2020 and 0.9% in 2021.

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Sullivan Speaks

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Sept. 8, 2020 – Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan postulated two likely economic scenarios for the future as he gazed into his crystal ball. In the newly released briefing, “Coronavirus Impacts on the US Cement Industry,” Sullivan suggests the possibility of a W-shaped model that includes a slide back into recession due to a significant rise…

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Mike Eruzione Speaks

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March 9, 2020 – At the joint NSSGA, NRMCA, PCA Opening Session in Las Vegas, 1980 Olympic Gold Medal-winning hockey team captain Mike Eruzione spoke about team building, respect and success. With good humor and great sincerity he talked about the 1980 Olympic team’s journey and offered parallels to business, giving his audience a number of great takeaways. “If you understand…

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ICSE Kicks Off in Atlanta

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Nov. 19, 2019  – The 38th International Cement Seminar and Exhibition (ICSE) kicked off with a bang this morning in Atlanta, as Portland Cement Association Economist Ed Sullivan delivered a well-attended Keynote on the economy and his projections for cement production. Sullivan noted that while we may see slower economic growth, there are no clear signs to indicate a recession in the future. He also…

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NSSGA and PCA Hire Pritchard

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The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and Portland Cement Association (PCA) have joined together on hiring Director of Construction Materials Safety Policy Elizabeth “Libby” Pritchard. Pritchard, an aggregates industry veteran, has begun her work to promote and defend the interests of NSSGA and PCA members on all safety-related legislative and regulatory issues as well as provide technical assistance to members seeking…

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Sullivan Predicts Construction Spending Increases

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At World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Ed Sullivan, executive vice president and chief economist for the Portland Cement Association, noted that the state of the economy is good. Sullivan’s presentation is one of the highlights of the show each year. He is predicting construction spending increases of 2.2 percent, 1.5 percent, 0.9 percent, 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent from 2019 to 2023. He is predicting cement production increases…

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