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AEM Sets a New Course

AEMlogo squareAug. 29, 2019 – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) board of directors has approved a new 2020-2022 Strategic Plan that will set the long-term direction of the association and guide its activities and services. The plan was reviewed and approved by the board at its Aug. 7 meeting in Indianapolis. The goals of the new Strategic Plan are 1) Build positive perception of our industry; 2) Accelerate industry growth; 3) Support and empower member company decision-making, and 3) Facilitate members’ customer-facing efforts. Kudos to AEM for helping to create a more effective future for its members.

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Highway Work Bounces Back

RR082619 roadAug. 26, 2019 – You don't expect highway and bridge construction to dip during the summer construction season, but that is exactly what happened in June. Fortunately, July was a different story. Highway and bridge construction in July improved 9%, rebounding after a 5% decline in June, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Large highway and bridge projects entered as July construction starts were the $238 million project to repair the approaches and arches of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, a $235 million road paving project in Portsmouth, Va., and a $118 million highway expansion project in Bakersfield, Calif. For the month of July, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts were – California, Texas, New York, Virginia and Florida. 

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Globally Speaking

RR082119 GlobeAug. 21, 2019 – The global aggregates market is expected to reach $671.1 billion by 2025, escalating at a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc.Aging of infrastructure and expanding construction sector are anticipated to drive the growth of the construction aggregates market over the forecast period. The crushed stone segment is anticipated to remain the largest segment over the forecast period, in terms of revenue as well as volume, on account of its massive usage in roadway construction. The concrete segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% over the forecast period, in terms of revenue, due to increasing demand in housing sector. The global construction aggregates market is likely to be dominated by three countries: India, China and the United States, owing to steady growth in their construction activities in infrastructure as well as the real estate sector. "The infrastructure sector in the United States is in dire need of an upgrade as the country has witnessed an increase in bridge collapsing incidents in the past few years," the report states. "Nearly 9.1% of country's bridges are structurally deficient according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The country is expected to observe a huge surge in bridge infrastructure development over the coming years."

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Tsunami Impact on Infrastructure

RR082019 fukushima damageAug. 20, 2019 – New research from Oregon State University takes steps toward understanding how tsunamis destabilize soil, which is key to building and retrofitting infrastructure that can withstand a disaster, according to an article in the Daily Astorian.

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EPA Comes Down on Producer

RR081519 EPAAug. 15, 2019 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Whitaker Aggregates Inc. of Humboldt, Kan., to pay a civil penalty for failing to respond to an information request in violation of the Clean Water Act Section 308. Whitaker Aggregates will pay a penalty of $7,500. “EPA relies on information requests to successfully ensure regulated facilities are in compliance with applicable regulations,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford. “Failing to respond to information requests reduces EPA’s ability to protect human health and the environment, while potentially increasing risk to the communities surrounding these facilities.” In December 2017, Whitaker Aggregates agreed to provide to EPA several reports and other documents demonstrating the company’s compliance with the Clean Water Act. Whitaker Aggregates failed to adequately and fully respond to the information request, as required by the Clean Water Act, EPA asserted. Whitaker Aggregates has until late September 2019 to pay the civil penalty.

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