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Ken,
Charlie Carter is much more qualified to address steel prices.

Steel prices are not as regionally sensitive as cement prices. Fabricators in Salt Lake City and Kansas City frequently provide structural steel to California, and there are fewer mills. The mills and fabricators are all very cost competitive. The steel markets have been more volitile recently due to the shift in global demand for scrap. The big demand has come from China and SE Asia.

There are many good resources in the AISC, AISC and Engineers News Record web sites.
http://www.aisc.org/
http://www.steel.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home
http://www.enr.com/

Regards,
Harold Sprague

From: "Auge, Ken" <Ken.Auge(--nospam--at)dot.state.co.us>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>,<spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: Cement Pricing for January, 2006?
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 14:21:51 -0700

Harold,

Thanks a lot for the insight.  Also, please help me with price trends in
steel market in Colorado.
Thanks,

Ken Auge


-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 7:45 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Cc: Bieber, Gustaf
Subject: RE: Cement Pricing for January, 2006?

Ken,
I follow the market to a degree.  Attached is a link to an interesting
article about the Colorado cement supplies.
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizspace/denver/local_column/?story_id=116466
2

With 3 major kilns in Colorado and another in southern Wyoming, Colorado
has
not been adversly effected as much as some other states.  It is
intersting
that all of the kilns in Colorado are owned either by a Mexican (Cemex)
company or a Swiss (Holcim) company.  But that is a national trend with
cement and concrete.  The US has a very high tariff on imported cements.
I
belive the imported Mexican cement has a 50 to 80% tarriff.

The Florence Holcim cement plant was the one that was off line in
September.
  The September shutdown was not scheduled and came after they expanded
the
capacity of the plant.

New kilns are being constructed in Missouri and in Nevada.  I am sure
that
there are others with such a high national demand.  One of the issues is

that the heat required for the kilns has the potential to cause air
polution.

National projections that I have read show an increase in cement demand
from
2005 to 2006 of 15-18%.  I am not sure what the Colorado projections
indicate, but they can't be too far from the National trend.

Regards,
Harold Sprague


>From: "Auge, Ken" <Ken.Auge(--nospam--at)dot.state.co.us>
>Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
>To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>,<spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com>
>CC: "Bieber, Gustaf" <Gustaf.Bieber(--nospam--at)dot.state.co.us>
>Subject: Cement Pricing for January, 2006?
>Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 13:49:12 -0700
>
>Please update me as to the latest price trends for Cement.  Any more
>changes for the Colorado market?
>Thanks,
>
>Ken Auge
>Contracts & Market Analysis Branch
>Engineering Estimates and Market Analysis Unit
>Engineer-In-Training III
>Colorado Dept of Transportation
>4201 E Arkansas
>Denver, CO 80222
>Tel: 303-757-9860
>
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com]
>Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 4:26 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>Subject: RE: Concrete pricing
>
>Cement is the ingrediant driving price.  Most concrete in the US is
>batched
>from local cement kilns.
>
>The demand on the Front Range has been particularly high recently.
>Holcim (
>a major cement kiln) shut down recently due to some problems with their
>main
>kiln.  This cut cement production (already strained) in half for about
a
>
>week.  Holcim was rationing cement to ready mix plants.
>
>Cements on the world market are being consumed by China.
>
>Low supply of cement and high demand of concrete have jacked prices up.
>
>Regards,
>Harold Sprague
>
>
>
>
>
> >From: "Paul Feather" <pfeather(--nospam--at)SE-Solutions.net>
> >Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
> >To: "SEAOC List" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
> >Subject: Concrete pricing
> >Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 14:23:22 -0700
> >
> >Anyone have any insight on concrete pricing and / or the reason for
>high
> >pricing in Colorado?
> >
> >
> >Paul Feather PE, SE
> >www.SE-Solutions.net
> >pfeather(--nospam--at)SE-Solutions.net

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