This year’s National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) National Mixer Driver Championship’s first prize was awarded to Edward "Eddie" Rieper. Eddie is a mixer driver for U.S. Concrete's New Jersey business unit, Eastern Concrete Materials. The competition was held last weekend at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks.
U.S. Concrete CEO, Bill Sandbrook, joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business to discuss potential economic impact of President Trump's infrastructure plan. The discussion revolves around Trump's recent press conference in which he unveiled an executive order that would help accelerate the approval process for infrastructure projects. Speaking to the media, Trump suggested burdensome regulations could stymie highway projects for as long as 17 years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
The executive order is a small step compared to the ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure plan announced as a primary goal during Trump's campaign and early presidency. While the status of the plan remains in relative limbo, Sandbrook is confident that cutting some of the red tape obstructing infrastructure projects is a move in the right direction. He noted the disparity in efficiency between the government's approach to infrastructure and private business.
As for how U.S. Concrete plans to fit into the proposed infrastructure plan, Sandbrook says these efforts are already underway on the private side. He cites recent projects with New York City's La Guardia airport as well as the Oakland Bay Bridge as notable examples (New York and Northern California are two of the company's primary areas of business). While infrastructure is top-of-mind for Congress and the U.S. government, it constitutes less than 20 percent of U.S. Concrete's business.
As of the present, much of the focus in Congress has centered around tax reform, but infrastructure will be among the many agenda items on the list once autumn arrives. As Sandbrook mentions, roughly 60,000 of bridges in the U.S. are deficient and in need of repair. Over time, these problems can and have become hazardous for Americans. Sandbrook hopes deregulation will help facilitate the repair of bridges under threat of becoming more structurally compromised.
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U.S. Concrete CEO Bill Sandbrook took an enormous risk when he decided to accept a leadership role at the company not long after it had filed bankruptcy. The year Sandbrook took over, U.S. Concrete shares were valued at a meagre $2.
Today, U.S. Concrete shares are valued at more than $76.35. The turnaround of the business — in a span of less than six years — is nothing short of miraculous.
Bill Sandbrook, the president and CEO of U.S. Concrete, was interviewed by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in an article titled “What Leaders Gain By Listening Closely to Their Employees.” The interview dives deeply into Sandbrook’s past, including his relationship with his father and his multiple years of service in the military.
When asked about early role models, Sandbrook quickly referenced his father. Like his son, Sandbrook’s father was also in the construction materials industry and worked on the operations side. Growing up, Sandbrook was able to gain a rare perspective on the inner workings of a concrete company and — more importantly — see his father’s leadership skills firsthand. He said he was especially inspired by his dedication to the safety of his employees and how he treated everyone — superiors and subordinates alike — with respect.
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Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo interviewed our CEO, Bill Sandbrook, to discuss the future of U.S. infrastructure spending and the role U.S. Concrete will play given recent developments. The interview comes in the wake of Trump's statements hinting at a desire to partially or fully privatize parts of his infrastructure plan. While the details of the infrastructure plan continue to remain ambiguous, Sandbrook believes a combination of public and private funds will be used to tackle the U.S. infrastructure problem.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America's infrastructure hovers around a D+, with no component of U.S. infrastructure receiving an "A" rating. This topic was one of many covered in the interview in which Sandbrook opined on potential solutions to the issue. He believes this is the beginning of a serious conversation about truly generating the funds needed to fix the current disarray of American infrastructure.
One of the issues brought by the Fox Business interviewers involved a concern regarding the amount of available workers for infrastructure jobs. Sandbrook confirmed these concerns, adding that a wage inflation and a lack of people willing to join the ranks of concrete truck drivers is one of U.S. Concrete's current bottlenecks. Wage inflation, he says, has gone up 5 percent when traditionally the rise would be 3 percent. Additionally, the need to acquire a specific license also increases the barrier of entry for a job he believes many people not working could take.
Then, when asked what infrastructure projects should take priority given the low infrastructure ratings, Sandbrook replied that anything related to the public's safety, such as faulty bridges, should be the first priority. Secondly, highways that could pose a safety risk need to be evaluated. Third, highways and roads should be constructed in major cities to alleviate traffic congestion.
Finally, Sandbrook discusses the current economic strength of his industry. The outlook for construction and infrastructure spend is currently promising, which is reflected by the rising value of the USCR stock price.
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(U.S. Concrete) CNBC's Jim Cramer hosted U.S. Concrete CEO Bill Sandbrook on his hit show Mad Money to talk about infrastructure and the company's growth. Cramer discussed U.S. Concrete stock in the past, namely at the end of last year. Then, there was much hype about the potential for government infrastructure spending. The broad-scope infrastructure plan was to total roughly $1 trillion with the added potential project of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Cramer admits, given recent developments in the White House, that these projects could be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
However, Cramer notes that the construction material industry is a strong one — one that could yield potentially high returns. U.S. Concrete, he says, is still a strong buy despite a dip in the overall market and the uncertain future of the Trump administration's infrastructure plan. Cramer notes this in the wake of an impressively strong first quarter for U.S. Concrete, suggesting the company's presence in growing metropolitan areas such as North Texas, Northern California and New York give the company a recipe for sustained success.
Some notables from the first quarter release:
- Consolidated revenue increased 22 percent
- Ready-mixed concrete revenue increased 23 percent
- Aggregate product revenue increased 18 percent
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(U.S. Concrete) In a Fox News segment featuring U.S. Concrete CEO Bill Sandbrook and Summit Materials CEO Tom Hill, both guests are asked about projections for infrastructure spending under President Donald Trump. U.S. Concrete saw its stock rise immediately following the election of Trump, who's promises to invest in infrastructure spending and a Mexican border wall have led to a surge in investments for potential suppliers.
Though signs point to an increase in infrastructure spending, Sandbrook notes that no arrangement with U.S. government officials have yet been made regarding the promised border wall. The wall must be approved by Congress before contracts can be outlined, so U.S. Concrete will remain at the ready in case the project begins to develop.
Aside from the wall, Sandbrook expressed optimism regarding Trump's tax plan, suggesting that the reduced regulations and tax burden could boost U.S. gross domestic product by 2 percent. When asked where the money for Trump'sinfrastructure plan would come from, he said that private investors and banks could potentially contribute to subsidize what the government would provide from its own funding.
As of recently, Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the President is still intent on following through with his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The plan has taken a backseat to healthcare and tax reform of late, but the White House has indicated that the project is still very much on their radar. Though Trump raised the idea to lump in the infrastructure plan with his other priorities, the timeline has since been pushed back.
Specific details of the infrastructure plan are not yet ironed out, other than an estimation of $1 trillion in spending over the course of 10 years. Whether or not the plan gets approval in 2017 is still uncertain, but the infrastructure plan would allegedly address the modernization of roads, airports, electrical grids and even broadband.
Nevertheless, as of May 2017, U.S. Concrete stocks are still going strong after an excellent first quarter.
(U.S. Concrete) In an interview with Dallas Business Journal, U.S. Concrete CEO Bill Sandbrook expressed confidence that, if the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall is constructed, that U.S. Concrete would be involved in the project if concrete solutions were needed.
"We have no idea if this is going to be concrete, but we are we are well-positioned with our operations and experience," Sandbrook said. "To the extent that concrete is being used on the wall, we would be a competitive bidder."
The article expands on U.S. Concrete's especially strong presence in the state of Texas, with an operations center in Laredo, TX. From there, concrete supplies could be easily mobilized for a border wall if the operations were put into motion. U.S. Concrete's prominence in California, New York and Texas have already opened the door for multiple infrastructure projects out of the scope of the proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan made by President Donald Trump.
As Dallas Business Journal notes, only 16 percent of U.S. Concrete's revenue is tied to infrastructure projects, with the majority of business stemming from homes, apartments, office buildings, hospitals, schools and other real estate projects. Part of Sandbrook's efforts will be to not only set up an opportunity for a bid on the border wall, but become the go-to supplier for other major projects in areas showing sizable growth.
U.S. Concrete's growth parallels the growth of the areas in which it operates. U.S. Concrete stocks continue to rise after a strong first quarter in 2017.
(U.S. Concrete) Jim Cramer, the host of Mad Money on CNBC, lauded U.S. Concrete's stock after a caller inquires if he should invest given Trump's proposal to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The caller noted Cramer's discussion with U.S. Concrete CEO Bill Sandbrook, who is planning to become one of the lead bidders for the project if the wall comes to fruition.
Cramer called the U.S. Concrete stock "exceptional," believing there is more growth to come.
However, it's worth noting that U.S. Concrete's success is not entirely tied to the implication of U.S. infrastructure spending. Less than 20 percent of the company's revenue current derives from infrastructure, with residential construction and commercial real estate fueling the company's surge. U.S. Concrete maintains a strong presence in Texas, California and New York, all of which feature areas of commercial and population growth.
U.S. Concrete stocks are still projected to rise on the basis of its postive earnings trend. This comes as no surprise given that 40 percent of the company's business is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is showing absolutely zero signs of slowing down. The population of Dallas is expected to "skyrocket" through the next quarter century.