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Mineral Commodities in Fourth Quarter

RR032919 USGSMarch 29, 2019– The U.S. Geological Survey released the quarterly report "U.S. Production of Selected Mineral Commodities in the Fourth Quarter 2018," mine and plant production data for selected mineral commodities. The combined production of construction-related materials (cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed stone, and gypsum) in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased by 14 percent compared with that in the third quarter of 2018, although gypsum production was 6 percent higher in the same time period. The combined production of construction-related materials during 2018 increased by 5 percent compared with production in 2017; production of cement was slightly higher, construction sand and gravel was 7 percent higher, crushed stone was 4 percent higher, and gypsum was 3 percent higher.

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Klobuchar Prioritizes Infrastructure

Klobuchar2March 28, 2019 – The presidential candidates are already getting out in front on infrastructure. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unveiled a plan to spend a trillion dollars in federal funds to upgrade the country’s infrastructure, the first policy announcement of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. The proposal would use a combination of federal dollars, tax subsidies and loan guarantees for state and local governments to upgrade not only crumbling roads, highways and bridges, but also schools, airports, water systems, internet access, public transit and energy systems. In a statement, Klobuchar’s campaign said the infrastructure plan would be her top budget priority as president, with the goal of turning it into reality in her first year in office through a combination of legislation and executive actions.

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Rogers Group Hosts Students

RR032619 RogersMarch 26, 2019 – Rogers Group's Whites Creek Quarry, Nashville, gave an underground tour to University of Kentucky mining engineering students, who were in town during the International Society of Explosive Engineers conference.

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Total Aggregates Production Confirmed

RR032219 usgsMarch 22, 2019 – The numbers are official. A few weeks ago I reported preliminary 2018 aggregates production, courtesy of USGS's 2019 Mineral Commodity Summaries. Those numbers have been confirmed by USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2018 was 2.37 billion metric tons, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of 2017.

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Nominate a Colleague for Young Leaders' Top Honor

RR032119 NSSGAMarch 21, 2019 – Calling all Young Leaders. Friday, March 22 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 Mark S. Walsh Award, sponsored by Rock Products. This award honors the memory of Mark S. Walsh, who was an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of the Young Leaders mission as a former steering committee member.

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