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Transportation Topics

RR030418 roadMarch 4, 2019 – What we have here, is a failure to communicate. That is the view of several key transportation association executives, expressed during a recent roundtable session at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' 2019 Washington Briefing.

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In Memoriam: Fred Gerstell

RR030119 GerstellMarch 1, 2019 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has informed us of the passing of A. Frederick Gerstell, who died Feb. 23, at the age of 81. Gerstell contributed greatly to the aggregates industry over his career with Alpha Portland Cement Co., California Portland Cement Co. and later as chairman and CEO of CalMat and Vulcan Materials. In 1999, he served as chairman of the National Stone Association, a precursor to today’s NSSGA. I knew him to be a friendly and fair man, always willing to give of his time and talents. The entire aggregates industry mourns Fred's passing.

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Construction Equipment Auction Sets Records

ritchiebroslogo sqFeb. 28, 2019 – A sea of equipment stretched across the 220-acre Ritchie Bros. auction site in Orlando last week as the company hosted its largest auction ever. Over six days the company sold more than 13,350 assets for a record $297 million – up 7 percent from last year's $278 million total. 

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Taking a Quantum Leap

USConcretelogoFeb. 27, 2019– If you are U.S. Concrete, that Polaris acquisition is paying huge dividends. For 2018, the company's Aggregate products revenue increased a totally crazy 101.3 percent to $182.6 million. Aggregate products volume increased 79.3 percent to 11.1 million tons. For the fourth quarter of 2018, Aggregate products revenue increased 59.5 percent to $46.4 million. Aggregate products volume increased 41.0 percent to 2.7 million tons. "Polaris continues to provide the performance we expected, although on a much more accelerated pace than we originally expected," said William J. Sandbrook, chairman, president and chief executive officer. That is an understatement to say the least.

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Whoa on WOTUS

RR022519 EnvironmentFeb. 25, 2019 – Aggregates producers have until April 15 to submit comments that support a clearer Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed WOTUS “replacement” rule is open until April 15. It was released in December 2018, but the federal government shutdown slowed the rule’s publication in the federal register, thereby extending the review period to more than 120 days. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and member companies opposed the 2015 WOTUS rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate waters that have little or no connection to flowing rivers with comments, testimony, support for congressional action and, finally, litigation. This replacement proposal includes NSSGA’s suggestion that dry stream beds and isolated waters should not be federally regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

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