Italcementi Group | Nazareth, Pa.

Italcementi Group | Nazareth, Pa. –¬†Known in North America as ESSROC, the company attempted to merge with Ciments Francais in June, but was forced to abandon its plans after U.S. investors placed demands on the takeover that Italcementi could not meet. In 2008, ESSROC bought the ready-mix concrete division of Pennsylvania’s Shockey Co., which gave the company nine ready-mix plants, all in Pennsylvania. This year, the company completed a $400 million expansion and modernization of a cement plant in Martinsburg, W.Va. www.essroc.com