1970's - Foundations of a Group

Following its foundation in 1970 CRH broadened its horizons in 1973 with its first acquisition on Mainland Europe, Van Neerbos, a Dutch-based builders merchant with some concrete products operations. 1978 saw the first move into the United States with the acquisition of Amcor, a concrete products company based in Utah. By the end of the 1970s CRH had sales of €328 million and profit before tax of €31 million having spent €43m on 16 acquisitions.