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Having a Blast

RR013018 blastJan. 29, 2018 – Hello from San Antonio where I am attending the ISEE blasting conference. Lots of optimism here and manufacturers pleased with both current business conditions and booth traffic. Spoke with several of the seismic monitoring companies who had much to say about some plant expansions coming on line in the future and ongoing community outreach being practiced by a number of aggregates operations. Look for a full report in Rock Products.

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Trump Infrastructure Plan Outline Leaked

RR012418 Axios sqJanuary 24, 2018 – Details of President Trump's plan to revive America's aging infrastructure system have been leaked to news site Axios. According to the leaked outline, the federal government is only putting up a fraction of the funds that will be used to build and fix projects including highways, bridges and airports. Half of the appropriations will go toward an "infrastructure incentives" program giving federal grants to state, local or private entities. Federal grant awards can cover up to 20 percent of the total cost of the infrastructure plan, said the document, which appears on the Axios site. Federal money will also go toward a so-called "Transformative Projects Program" that finances "exploratory and groundbreaking ideas that have more risk than standard infrastructure projects but offer a larger reward profile."

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Giving You Nothing But The Best

RR011718 publicrelationsJan. 17, 2018 – It is no secret that Rock Products brings you the very best editorial content. But it is always nice to have that reinforced by the outside world. Congratulations to our Community columnist Thomas Roach, who had one of his columns referenced and discussed in the 8th Edition of the book, "Public Relations Cases" by Jerry A. Hendrix and Darrell C. Hayes (Wadsworth Cengage Learning). His column, "The NIMBY & Goliath Phenomenon," from the May 2004 issue of Rock Products is cited in the text.

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LaHood Calls for Infrastructure Plan

RR010318 raylahoodJan. 3, 2018  – Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the current co-chair of the bipartisan advocacy group Building America’s Future, wrote a column for Newsweek calling for support for a common-sense infrastructure plan. "In order to address the dire condition of our infrastructure and start creating jobs, we need a bipartisan and strategic plan that provides long-term funding," he wrote. "Revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure and keeping Americans safe should not be solely a Democratic or Republican issue."

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Chaney Buys Concrete Plant

RR122917 chaneylogoDec, 29, 2017Chaney Enterprises has purchased a ready-mix concrete plant in Bealeton, Va. The plant, acquired from Lehigh Hanson, will provide increased production capabilities and another easily accessible location to a growing number of customers in Virginia. It brings the number of Chaney concrete plants to 18, according to the company. Chaney also operates aggregates plants, distribution terminals, and construction materials and supplies stores.

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