• ConExpo-Con/Agg Revisited (Part 1)

    ConExpo-Con/Agg Revisited (Part 1)

    It Was the Biggest ConExpo-Con/Agg Ever. Here Are Some of the Products and Services We Saw at the Show. Read More
  • Site Simulation: A Vision of Success

    Site Simulation: A Vision of Success

    Barton International Relies on Volvo Site Simulation to Find the Right Equipment for the Job. Read More
  • Rethinking Radials

    Rethinking Radials

    How Bias Can Provide Cost and Performance Benefits. Read More
  • Headwaters MB Aggregates Market Report

    Headwaters MB Aggregates Market Report

    In This Exclusive Analysis Prepared For Rock Products, Headwaters MB Looks At Current Market Trends Such As Public Valuation, Mergers And Acquisitions and Aggregates Production. Read More
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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

April 21, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) celebrated 25 years of the Young Leaders Annual Meeting at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz. Industry professionals...
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Prime-Time Products

ASGCO added a semi-ceramic option to their pulley lagging product line, featuring 40 percent coverage. With this newest addition, customers have a choice between full-ceramic coverage with the Arrowhead Ceramic...
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Manufacturers in Focus

The grand opening of Polydeck’s newest remote facility, the South Texas Distribution Center (DC) in San Antonio, was held on Friday, April 7.
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People on the Move

Jonathan Fippinger will join Crisp Industries as its new North Texas sales representative, according to the company. He will replace Greg Venghaus, a long-time Crisp employee who passed away suddenly...
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Rock Stars

Douglas D. R. Palmore, senior vice president of customer and technical services at Luck Companies, was named the 2017 recipient of the Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award from the...
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Distributor News

Superior Industries Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, announced Grant Aggregate as a new distributor of Superior components products. Officially a distributor since Jan. 1, 2017, Grant Aggregate will market, stock and...
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First Look - April 2014


TOP NEWS

ConExpo-Con/Agg Breaks Records
Total registration was 129,364 and the show set new records for exhibit space, number of exhibitors and education tickets sold.

NSSGA Unveils Strategic Plan
Rocks Build America plan is targeted to rebuilding America’s crumbling transportation infrasturcture.

NIOSH Honors Luck Stone
Technology innovation implemented by Luck Stone cited by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


MSHA WATCH
MSHA announced that federal inspectors issued 210 citations, eight orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at nine coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in February. One quarry was targeted.


USGS STATS
An estimated 504 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2012. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2013 was 2.04 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 3 percent compared with that of 2012.


ECONOMIC INDICATORS
At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $486.7 billion, new construction starts in February were essentially the same as January’s amount, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau.

Construction employment expanded in 195 metro areas, declined in 90 and was stagnant in 54 between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.


ENERGY

  • WTI crude oil futures price - 3/27/2014: $101.28/bbl, up$1.85 from week earlier; up $4.70 from year earlier.
  • Natural gas futures price - 3/27/2014: $4.584/mmBtu, up $0.215 from week earlier; up $0.516 from year earlier.
  • Weekly coal production - 3/22/2014: 18.866 million tons, down 0.135 million tons from week earlier; up 0.091 million tons from year earlier.
  • Natural gas inventories - 3/21/2014: 896 Bcf, down 57 Bcf from week earlier; down 899 Bcf from year earlier.
  • Crude oil inventories - 3/21/2014: 382.5 mmbbl, up 6.6 mmbbl from week earlier; down 3.4 mmbbl from year earlier.