Hanson Gobbles Up Beazer

Hanson, the voracious British conglomerate, has struck at yet another hapless target. This time it's Beazer, a big but financially strapped producer of building aggregates and cement. British-based Beazer dug itself a hole with the $1.7 billion purchase of Pittsburgh's Koppers in 1988. And when the construction market tanked, so did Beazer.

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