+ Image Chart: Justin Reynolds, Data From PCA Cement production in the U.S. leveled off in 2010 after steep declines in 2009, says the Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill. Total cement production, including output from imported clinker, declined 24% in 2009. That dip was followed by another 0.5% decline in 2010, with production falling to 63.75 million tons. Regionally, the largest declines in 2010 were a 9.2% drop in New England and a 7.2% drop on the West Coast, including a 7.0% dip in California and an 8.1% total decline in Oregon and Washington. Production also fell 6.7% in the
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.