WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

        Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): June 7, 2005

                           VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY
            (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

      New Jersey                 001-4033                  63-0366371

    (State or other          (Commission File             (IRS Employer
    jurisdiction of              Number)                 Identification
    incorporation)                                           Number)

                             1200 Urban Center Drive
                            Birmingham, Alabama 35242
               (Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

                                 (205) 298-3000
             (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

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        On June 7, 2005, Vulcan Materials Company ("Vulcan") completed its
previously announced sale of the assets comprising Vulcan's chemicals business,
which consist primarily of chloralkali plants in Wichita, Kansas, Geismar,
Louisiana and Port Edwards, Wisconsin, as well as the assets of the Vulcan
Chloralkali, LLC joint venture located in Geismar, Louisiana (the "Chemicals
Business"). The sale was completed pursuant to the terms of that certain Asset
Purchase Agreement (the "Asset Purchase Agreement") among Vulcan, Vulcan
Chloralkali, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company 51% owned by Vulcan, and
Basic Chemicals Company, LLC ("Basic Chemicals"), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Occidental Chemical Corporation ("Occidental Chemical"). Basic Chemicals'
obligations to Vulcan are supported by a guarantee agreement delivered to Vulcan
by Occidental Chemical, and certain of the obligations of Basic Chemicals and
Occidental Chemical are guaranteed by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Other
than in respect of the Asset Purchase Agreement, there are no material
relationships between Vulcan and its affiliates (including the Joint Venture),
on the one hand, and Basic and Occidental Chemical, on the other hand.

        In consideration for the sale of the Chemicals Business, Basic Chemicals
made an initial cash payment to Vulcan of $214 million and assumed certain
liabilities relating to the Business. The initial cash proceeds to Vulcan of
approximately $151 million (after the cost of acquiring the 49% of the Joint
Venture not owned by Vulcan) are subject to adjustments for actual working
capital balances at the closing date, transaction costs and income taxes. In
addition, Basic Chemicals may be required to make contingent future payments
under two separate earn-out structures. The first earn-out is based on ECU
(electrochemical unit) and natural gas prices during the five-year period
following the closing and is capped at $150 million. The second earn-out will be
determined based primarily on the performance of Vulcan's hydrochlorocarbon
product HCC-240fa from the closing through December 31, 2012. Under the second
earn-out, cash plant margin for the product in excess of an agreed upon
threshold, and after certain capital expenditures, will be shared equally by
Vulcan and Basic. The primary driver for this earn-out will be growth in
HCC-240fa volume.

        The Asset Purchase Agreement was previously filed by Vulcan as an
exhibit to its Current Report on Form 8-K dated October 11, 2004, and is hereby
incorporated herein by reference. The description of the Asset Purchase
Agreement contained herein is qualified in its entirety by reference to such


        See Item 1.01 above, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
The decision to enter into the Asset Purchase Agreement and sell the Chemicals
Business was based primarily on Vulcan's desire to focus its resources on its
construction materials business. Vulcan will incur certain costs associated with
the sale of the business primarily due to severance of employees and transaction
fees. Vulcan is currently formulating an estimate of these costs and fees, and
once a good faith estimate is determined, Vulcan will amend this filing and
report its estimated range of exit and disposal costs.


(a) Financial statements of businesses acquired.

    -   Not Applicable

(b) Pro forma financial information.

    -   Not Applicable

(c) Exhibits.

    -   Not Applicable


            Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its
behalf by the undersigned hereunder duly authorized.

                                    VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY

                                    By:  /s/ Ejaz A. Khan
                                    Name:  Ejaz A. Khan
                                    Title: Vice President, Controller and
                                           Chief Information Officer

Date: June 13, 2005