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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

July 12, 2017– Do you have an innovative process that helps workers stay healthy or improves safe operations? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wants to hear...
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Red Meters premiered its RM Series, a product lineup of highly accurate non-nuclear density meters. Coated with an abrasion resistant liner to withstand rough and finely ground slurries, the RM3...
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Regal Beloit Corp., a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission components, announced it has launched a new, responsive website platform with significant upgrades,...
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People on the Move

LiuGong Machinery introduced Kevin Thieneman as chairman of LiuGong North America and senior chief director of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery.
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Rock Stars

ASTM International’s Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates (C09) presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to Robin E. Graves, corporate manager of technical services for...
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CASE Construction Equipment has named its 2017 Diamond Dealer and Gold Dealer award recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The awards recognize dealerships across the U.S. and Canada for excellence in five categories, including...
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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.