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Martin Marietta Looks Ahead

RR043019 MartinMariettalogoFeb. 11, 2020 – Martin Marietta Materials just reported record revenues for 2019. So what do they see up ahead? The company is confident in its 2020 outlook and in its key supporting factors. The company said its geographic footprint has attractive underlying market fundamentals, including notable employment gains, population growth and superior state fiscal health, that should promote steady and sustainable construction growth over the near- and medium-terms. Martin Marietta believes the current construction cycle will continue for the foreseeable future and expand at a steady pace in 2020 for each of its three primary construction end-use markets.

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Non-Metallic Minerals on the Rise

RR020720 MCSFeb. 7, 2020 – The first indication of the vibrancy of the U.S. non-metallic minerals market just came in. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2020 Mineral Commodity Summaries publication, in which it gives, among other things, its first, preliminary look at 2019 U.S. aggregates production. According to the publication, total aggregates production was approximately 2.5 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of approximately 6% over 2018. In 2019, 1.53 billion tons of crushed stone valued at more than $18.7 billion was produced by an estimated 1,430 companies operating 3,440 quarries and 176 sales and (or) distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 8%. In 2019, 970 million tons of construction sand and gravel valued at $9.0 billion was produced by an estimated 3,870 companies operating 6,830 pits and 342 sales and distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 3.5%. Dimensional stone production was also up, while industrial sand production was down. Lime production was down slightly. 

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The Real World Challenge of Inventory Management

TRND011620 BoardmanJan. 15, 2020 – Stockpile Reports has come a long way since a conversation they had with me almost 10 years ago about the business model they were considering launching.

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Fatality Investigated

TRND011420 FatalityJan. 14. 2020 – MSHA is investigating a death at the Wendling Quarry near Garrison, Iowa, according to news reports.

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