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Steady Growth Ahead

pcalogoMay 27, 2014 – Although recent economic indicators point to a tempering of the U.S. economy, The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is maintaining its forecast for steady growth in construction and cement consumption during the next five years. A recent PCA forecast indicates a 7.9 percent increase in cement consumption for 2014, almost double from the 4.5 increase in 2013.

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Rockeries Are in Style

The Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) is touting the benefits of Rockeries in a new publication.May 17, 2014 – The Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) is touting the benefits of Rockeries in a new publication. FHWA's Rockery Design and Construction Guidelines (Pub. No. FHWA-CFL/TD-06-006) provides highway designers, inspectors, and contractors with a basis for evaluating existing rockeries and specifying and constructing new ones.

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Designing for Disaster

lafarge North AmericaMay 12, 2014 – Lafarge North America is the "master of disaster." The company announced that it is the lead sponsor of the exhibition Designing for Disaster at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight tools and strategies for building safer, stronger and more disaster-resilient communities that are functional, pragmatic and beautiful. 

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Update on the Mega Merger

MMMInc150x27April 24, 2014 – Martin Marietta Materials Inc. said it has received a "second request" as discussions with the Department of Justice continue regarding a resolution in relation to its Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act filing in the proposed combination with Texas Industries Inc.

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Ringing the Alarm Bells

Associated Equipment Distributors (aed)August 23, 2014 – The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) has been ringing alarm bells about the Highway Trust Fund for more than a year. New numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office project the fund will run out of money by the end of August, which could cause significant disruptions during the busy summer construction season. AED stresses that the precarious fiscal position is the result of a severe imbalance between infrastructure obligations and resources. 

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