U.S. Homebuilders Wrestle with Cement Shortages The United States normally imports about 20 percent of its cement. But high shipping costs and a worldwide building boom have drastically cut U.S. imports and driven prices upward. In the Southwest and elsewhere, U.S. homebuilders face higher prices and supply shortages. Ted Robbins reports.
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U.S. Homebuilders Wrestle with Cement Shortages

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U.S. Homebuilders Wrestle with Cement Shortages

U.S. Homebuilders Wrestle with Cement Shortages

U.S. Homebuilders Wrestle with Cement Shortages

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The United States normally imports about 20 percent of its cement. But high shipping costs and a worldwide building boom have drastically cut U.S. imports and driven prices upward. In the Southwest and elsewhere, U.S. homebuilders face higher prices and supply shortages. Ted Robbins reports.