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Bigger is Better

usgsSeptember 19, 2011 – Jason Willett at the USGS has supplied Rock Products with the latest list of the highest production single-site quarries in the United States. This year's list is slightly different than last year's. The top five quarries are: 1 – Beckmann Quarry, Bexar County, Texas (Martin Marietta Aggregates); 2 – Balcones Quarry, Comal County, Texas (Cemex SAB de C.V.); 3 – Ste. Genevieve Quarry, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. (Tower Rock Stone Co.); 4 – White Rock Quarry, Dade County, Fla. (Vecellio & Grogan Inc.); 5 – Georgetown Quarry, Williamson County, Texas (Texas Crushed Stone ). Look for the entire list in an upcoming issue of Rock Products.

The Road Connection

RoadConnectionSeptember 14, 2011 – Blogging live this week from New Orleans, where KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are holding their National Dealer Conference, which this year, comes with a major media announcement. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens announced a trailblazing campaign, “The Road Connection,” a year-long program designed to demonstrate the need for infrastructure funding and generate a legislative call-to-action.

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Funding Extended

HighwayCongestion200x131September 13, 2011 – How many more band-aids are they going to put on this thing? On Sept. 9, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), reached an agreement to extend funding and operating authority for federal transportation programs. The draft legislation authorizes $24.78 billion in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund through March 31, 2012, and funds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program through Jan. 2012.

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Construction Materials on the Rise

usgsSeptember 8, 2011 – Scott F. Sibley, chief, Mineral Commodities Section for USGS, is reporting that in the second quarter of 2011, domestic production for selected construction materials, including cement, construction sand and gravel, and crushed stone, increased significantly compared with the first quarter of 2011, primarily owing to seasonal variations. Production of other construction raw materials, such as iron ore, increased by 11 percent compared with that of the first quarter 2011 and by 14 percent compared with production in the second quarter of 2010.

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New Homes: Not Moving

NAHBSeptember 1, 2011 – They don't build houses like they used to. In more ways than one. Sales of newly built, single-family homes held virtually unchanged in July with a 0.7 percent dip from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. Regionally, new-home sales recorded declines of 7.4 percent in the South and 5.9 percent in the West, but rose 2.4 percent in the Midwest and actually doubled (100 percent increase) in the Northeast from a record low number in the previous month. We'll take whatever silver lining we can find when it comes to the housing market.