Americas Products’ strategy is to build a portfolio of businesses which have leading market positions across a balanced range of products and end-use segments. Our activities are organised into three product groups under the Oldcastle brand: Architectural Products (concrete masonry and hardscapes, packaged lawn and garden products, packaged cement mixes); Precast (utility, drainage and structural precast, construction accessories); and BuildingEnvelope® (architectural glass, aluminium glazing systems, customised hardware products to glass and glazing industry). The Group’s commitment to building better businesses is reflected in its co-ordinated approach at national and regional levels to achieve economies of scale and to facilitate the sharing of best practices which drive operational and commercial improvement. Innovation is a hallmark of the business and through Oldcastle’s North American research and development centres, a pipeline of value-added products and design solutions is maintained.
The CRL acquisition completed in September 2015 includes 28 operating locations in the US, five in Canada, four in Europe and two in Australia.
In the context of the detailed review of the portfolio undertaken by the Group in 2014, CRH completed multiple divestments in 2015, including our Merchants Metals
fencing business and a lightweight aggregates division, both in the United States. In addition, CRH’s operations in South America were divested.
A national business operating in 38 US states and six Canadian provinces, CRH has the breadth of product range and national footprint that combines providing a national service to customers with the personal touch of a local supplier. Focusing on strategic accounts and influencers in the construction supply chain, the Oldcastle Building Solutions group provides an additional avenue for growth as it is well-positioned in the industry to create value for stakeholders across all phases of construction.
The number of employees in this division totals approximately 17,900 at over 350 locations.