Lafarge recently announced a series of changes in its Aggregates Business Units in the U.S in an effort to reduce costs and improve organizational effectiveness. The changes took effect from March 1, 2009.

The firm has announced the merger of the Northeast and Southeast Aggregates business units to form one East US Aggregates (EUS) BU. Andre Martin has been appointed as the Business Unit Manager of this East US Aggregates BU. The market areas of Georgia (including Hickory Bend), Coastal (Jamaica JV and Florida), Mid Atlantic (including Greater Baltimore, Western Maryland and Western New York) and Great Lakes would be part of this business unit.

The West US (WUS) Aggregates Business Unit would be expanded to include Mexico, Chicago (including Milwaukee) and South-Central US markets (Cave in Rock, Alabama and Louisiana) along with the existing markets of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest US, Central Plains and West Coast Aggregates Joint Venture. Mark Anderson is the Business Unit Manager of West US Aggregates.

Lafarge also announced the retirement of Fred Kemph. Kemph began his career as CFO, Blue Circle North America. As a key leader in Lafarge, he was the President, A C& A Southeast, and most recently, Business Unit Manager, Southeast Aggregates.

In addition, Vikram Wagh has been appointed VP Mid-Atlantic Aggregates & Asphalt. Wagh will also continue to be responsible for Aggregates manufacturing in the EUS Region.

Lafarge also announced the appointment of Nathan Creech as VP Great Lakes Aggregates. Matt Dantinne would be appointed VP Chicago Aggregates.