Lafarge North America works to be the foundation of buildings, roads, and bridges across US and Canada. As North America's largest diversified supplier of building materials, the company operates 900 locations, which include about 400 industrial and distribution sites in more than 40 US states and in Canada through Lafarge Canada. Lafarge North America's products include asphalt, aggregates, gypsum wallboard, ready-mixed concrete, and concrete pipes and blocks. The company's products are used to build commercial, residential, transportation, public, and utilities projects. Lafarge North America is part of France-based global building conglomerate Lafarge Group and accounts for about 20% of its parent's sales.
Lafarge North America serves Lafarge Group customers in the US and Canada.
Beside its Lafarge Canada subsidiary and its existing Gypsum Division, Lafarge North America operates three business units -- West Canada, East Canada, and United States -- that were formed in 2012 to better align with each region's specific market and customer objectives. Each unit manages all its product lines under one senior leader. Altogether, the company boasts more than 20 production sites, about 150 aggregates quarries, and 180-plus ready mix plants.
In recent years Lafarge North America has grown through acquisitions, but its expansion plans slowed along with the economy. Both the construction and building supply industries have taken a hit in general, particularly related to residential construction. The company has shuttered a handful of plants and ceased production at others to adjust to the business decline while it whittled down its workforce by about 30%. To further pare down, Lafarge North America in 2012 traded assets with Martin Marietta, with Lafarge receiving Mississippi River aggregates assets and depots and Martin Marietta picking up Lafarge's West US ready mix, aggregate and asphalt and paving assets located along the Colorado Front Range.
The move comes on the heels of Lafarge North America's divestitures in 2011. Looking to reduce its debt load, the company sold its cement and concrete operations in the southeast US to Columbia-based Cementos Argos. The $760 million deal included plants in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Lafarge North America is owned by Lafarge Group, which is headquartered in France. – less