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Texas Trying to Clear the Air

RR121719 TCEQDec. 17, 2019 – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has expanded its network of air-monitoring stations by introducing two new monitoring stations in Central Texas. One location is in Comal County and the other in Bexar County. Both monitors are now operational, according to Corridor News.

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Aggregates Production Growth: By Region

RR030519 USGSlogoDec. 11, 2019 – An estimated 744 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 8% compared with that of the third quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s new quarterly report. Aggregates production increased in eight of nine regions, with New England showing the only decrease: 

  • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT): -6.5%
  • Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA): 3.6%
  • East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI): 8.4%
  • West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD): 2.6%
  • South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV): 6.3%
  • East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN): 11.4%
  • West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX): 12.3%
  • Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY): 6.3%
  • Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA): 0.8%

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U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement a Bipartisan Win

RR121019 TradeAgreementDec. 10, 2019 – Nice to see some bipartisan cooperation for once. The House of Representatives signaled support for a revised trade deal — called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — that represents an overhaul of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. It would create new intellectual property protections, require more North American parts to be used in automobiles to qualify for zero tariffs, open the Canadian milk market to U.S. farmers, and create new rules for e-commerce. It would also boost wages, benefits and safety rules for workers and put in place updated environmental protections. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups announced backing for the compromise hammered out between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration. The nation’s largest labor federation backed the compromise. “We demanded a trade deal that benefits workers and fought every single day to negotiate that deal; and now we have secured an agreement that working people can proudly support,” said Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO. “There is no question that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. It is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking hours before representatives of the U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to sign the revised deal at a meeting in Mexico City. “We’re declaring victory for the American worker.” And President Trump stated his support. "Trade Bill is looking good. It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions," he tweeted.

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We Welcome Therese Dunphy

RR120419 DunphyDec. 4, 2019 – Rock Products' recent acquisition of Aggregates Manager continues to pay big dividends, creating value for our readers, advertisers and the aggregates industry. We are pleased that Aggregates Manager's former Editor-in-Chief Therese Dunphy will join us as a contributing editor. Therese will produce the annual Aggregates Atlas, and write a monthly column, "Good Neighbors," which will highlight positive outreach programs and trends within the industry. Therese has also formed her own agency, Stone Age Communications, to provide communications consulting services to help aggregate producers build stronger relationships within the communities they serve. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Rock Products + Aggregates Manager = BIG News

RR112619 acquisitionNov. 26, 2019 – The big news that hit last week is making waves around the industry. Yes, it is true. Rock Products' parent company SEMCO Publishing closed a deal to acquire the assets of Aggregates Manager. At last week's NSSGA's Legislative & Policy Forum, I fielded numerous questions about what the acquisition means. The emails and phone calls have not stopped since. What it means, in specific, is that Rock Products has the largest and strongest circulation of any industry magazine; the largest digital footprint; and thus, the broadest audience reach of any publication in the aggregates industry hands down. To answer two big questions that I have been asked, yes, Rock Products will continue to publish Aggregates Manager's "Aggregates Atlas" maps issue; and yes, Aggregates Manager Editor-in-Chief Therese Dunphy will continue to produce that, and also bring her editorial talents to the pages of Rock Products as a contributing editor. It is an exciting time for us. We look forward to next year with great optimism. Like next year's ConExpo-Con/Agg show, we are bigger and better than ever. 2020 is going to be a great year.

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