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MSHA to Address Stakeholders

RR090519 MSHAJune 25, 2020 – Please join the Mine Safety and Health Administration for its next Quarterly Stakeholder Call on Tuesday, June 30, 2020at 2:00 p.m. ET. Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo will open the call with remarks about recent developments at MSHA. The call will focus on various safety topics and include an update on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specialists will also provide updates on recent website changes, accident/injury information, trends and available training material. Participants are invited to submit any questions they may have on the RSVP link below.

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Improved Economic Metrics

RR062320 SimonsonJune 23, 2020 – According to Ken Simonson, the Associated General Contractors of America’s chief economist, the Census Bureau released the results of its seventh Small Business Pulse Survey, with responses from June 7 to 13, that “is intended to provide crucial weekly data on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the nation’s businesses.” Again, there was modest improvement in several metrics for construction firms. The share of firms that added employees (10.9%) was consistent with the previous four weeks (10.1% to 11.5%). The share with a decrease in employees (10.0%) declined from 12.1% in the May 31-June 6 week. For the sixth-straight week there was a decline in the share reporting supply-chain disruptions (29.8% vs. 31.4% the week before). The share of construction respondents that closed a location for at least one day declined to 14.4% from 17.8%. The share of construction firms that reported “little or no effect on…normal level of operations relative to one year ago” rose to a series high of 21.5% from 17.1% one week earlier. More predicted a return to usual level within three months or less (25.6% vs. 22.3%). The percentage who expect that returning to normal level would take more than six months was virtually unchanged (29.9% vs. 30.2% a week earlier), the share who do not believe their business will return to normal decreased to 4.0% from 6.3%.

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NSSGA Promotes Safety Month

RR061920 safetyJune 19, 2020 – June is National Safety Month, and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) is excited to recognize it with a week-long campaign to share member perspectives on safety and provide useful safety materials. The organization will wrap up the week on Friday, June 26, at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT with an engaging webinar featuring Safety and Human Factors Consultant Ronn Lehmann and a virtual networking event.

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in May

RR061820 LCAJune 18, 2020 – Time to get those ships sailing and ports moving. Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in May, a decrease of 18.1% compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association. May’s loadings were also below the month’s five-year average by 8.7%.

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NSSGA Continues Virtual Leadership Summit

RR061620 VotersJuly 16, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), as part of its virtual Executive Committee & Leadership Summit, hosted Rich Thau from the firm Engagious talking about swing voters. The event was sponsored by Caterpillar. Thau has determined that swing voters in a number of states are largely low-information voters who get their information more from local sources, and are not deeply dialed in to national trends. Thau has conducted hundreds of dial test focus groups and interviewed thousands of Americans. He understands what makes swing voters tick. One thing that never changes: for swing voters, and everyone else, the economy is still crucial.

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