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Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship

RR052720 WendtMay 27, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is accepting student applications for the 2020 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. I knew Barry Wendt and had a lot of respect for him. If you were doing a good job, he told you. If you weren't he told you that too. He was knowledgeable, driven, accessible and totally dedicated to the industry. We miss him around these parts. The Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a college, university or technical school student who plans to pursue a career in the aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) industry. Eligible students are those enrolled in a mining-related degree program and have completed at least one year of college coursework. Applications are due June 12, 2020, so apply today by clicking here!

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MSHA Cancels Escapeways Guidance

RR090519 MSHAMay 26, 2020 – The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the cancellation of a proposed Program Policy Letter on escapeways and refuges in underground metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA has determined that the proposed clarification is not needed. The proposed Program Policy Letter was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019, (84 FR 36623) for public comment. The guidance targeted miners in order to enable them to escape in an emergency and, when they cannot escape, for refuges to enable miners to shelter safely in place until they can be rescued. 

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MINExpo Canceled

RR010220 MINExpoLogoMay 14, 2020 – In light of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, MINExpo, which was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in September, has been canceled.

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AGC Economic Update

RR051220 SimonsonMay 12, 2020 – According to Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America's Economist Ken Simonson, construction technology firm Procore released an analysis of the decline in construction work hours since March 1 by week, state, project type and contractor revenue size, based on hours tracked by Procore clients. Hours totaled 14.0 million (representing roughly 400,000 employees) during the week of March 1. The data shows worker hours have decreased 13% since the week of March 1st and held flat since the last [shelter-in-place] ordinances. As of the week of April 26, the change in hours relative to the March 1 week ranged from -69% in Michigan (a state with some of the earliest and strictest shutdown orders) to +19% in Montana (possibly reflecting seasonal weather patterns as well as government or project owners’ decisions).

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Take Action: Urge Congress to Support DoTs

RR050720 ActionMarch 7, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is urging aggregates producers to support their state Department of Transportation (DoT). Without Federal assistance, state DoTs are vulnerable to disruption due to lack of funding resources. As our nation continues to adjust to the compounding impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that state DoTs receive federal relief in response to significant revenue shortfalls that will impact the immediate implementation of highway and bridge projects across the country, NSSGA stated. Any interruption to state DoT execution of funds for current and future public works directly impacts the construction industry and those that produce the essential building materials necessary for such projects. The current average revenue loss for such projects is 30%. Please contact your member of Congress and ask for this federal backstop, so state DoTs can continue operations, keeping engineers and planners employed to continue surface infrastructure projects for the next 18 months.

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