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U.S. Concrete CEO Prowls for Deals as 18-Fold Stock Gain Stalls

  • Shares headed for first drop since 2011 as weather hits profit
  • Plans to expand to new market may provide boost, investor says

U.S. Concrete Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Sandbrook, faced with the first stock-market decline since 2011, is looking to grow. That probably means seeking deals in markets dominated by the kind of tough unions most corporate bosses try to avoid. 

“The more unionized it is, the better for me,” said the former U.S. Army officer, whose father managed cement plants and talked at the dinner table about handling labor talks. “I’ve been around unions my whole career. I’m used to the game.”