The best global aggregate companies

Aggregate companies worldwide provide the same expert advice, services and responsible approach to the construction industry – but these six companies take a new approach to simple aggregate policy.

Vulcan Materials Co. (USA)

The largest U.S. producer of construction aggregates, Vulcan Materials Company provides crushed stone, sand and gravel to national construction corporations. For several years, the company has been named the top aggregate in the United States with 2009 sales of $2.5 billion. Despite the recent third quarter profit slump, the company is still one of the most prominent aggregate companies around the globe.

With more than 300 aggregate production and facilities in 22 states, the Bahamas and Mexico, the company has, among other sites, 173 stone quarries and 48 sand and gravel plants. Its worldwide recognition comes beyond that of the aggregate industry, but the company environment as a whole – appearing on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies eight times, in addition to those the top ten for Social Responsibility.

Martin Marietta Aggregates (USA)

For years, Martin Marietta Aggregates has trailed behind Vulcan Materials as the top aggregate company in the United States. The strengths of Martin Marietta Aggregates success over the years comes through experience – with roots dating back to 1939 via Superior Stone, Martin Marietta welcomed an unprecedented year in 2009 with net earnings of $85.5 million despite an overall declining aggregate volume.

With more than 285 quarries and distribution facilities in the United States, Bahamas and Nova Scotia, Martin Marietta has remained a leader in the industry for its competitive pricing, location and employees. Not only that, but customers have taken notice of Martin Marietta’s interest in the environment, working with nature in quarries all across the United States to restore rock quarries and enhance furthering assets.

Tarmac (UK)

Tarmac is a heavy building materials producer with sites in both the UK and Middle East. The company formed in 1901 and has become the UK’s largest supplier of aggregates. As an industry veteran, Tarmac works to not only supply their customers with the best available, but also their communities and investors. Featuring more than 100 quarries and 40 recycling units, Tarmac offers clients limestone, hardstone, granite, high PSV, silica sand and china clay sand from their various geological sources. Their recycled materials include Type 1 aggregates, BBA HAUC approved coal lay base/ binder course asphalts, self-compacting foamed concretes and hydraulically bound pathway materials and blended soil products.

Oldcastle Materials (USA)

Atlanta, Georgia based company Oldcastle Materials provides construction and paving companies in the United States with aggregates, asphalt and ready mixed concrete. Their operations, while central to the United States – in 42 states – include more than 1400 operations with 18,000 employees. Their aggregates services supply more than 121 million tons of aggregates for 640 facilities, though their projects don’t end there. As one of the largest building suppliers in the United States, Oldcastle Materials, Inc. is also the producer of Sakrete U.S. Cold Patch, a low-VOC asphalt patch with more than 50 percent recycled content.

Aggregate Industries (UK)

UK based Aggregates Industries stands out from other aggregates around the world for its certification by the Building Research Establishment to BES 6001 for their sourcing of construction materials. In more than 30 years, Aggregate Industries has created a global name for themselves through their acquisition expansion. The company doesn’t just focus on the aggregates industry, but also asphalt, bespoke and specialist concrete, aggregate blocks, cement, masonry and a variety of other services. Providing clients with primary, secondary and recycled construction aggregates, the company doesn’t discriminate in terms of project size and services, and delivers via road, rail and sea.

Holcim (Sweden)

A global provider of aggregate materials, Swiss based Holicim has more than 70 production sites across the globe. The company provides a variety of specialist products and services to their global client base, but the aggregates is one of their most dominate, becoming a focus in the 1990s. Founded in 1912, the company is continuously growing in emerging and developed markets due to their experienced business strategy, which allows them to always be one step ahead of the rest. Providing essentials for the construction industry, Holcim also supplies ready-mix concrete and asphalt. With more than 80,000 employees, its diversity is what strengthens this company beyond service requirements.

By: Meaghan Clark

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