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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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Going Global

“World Construction Aggregates”April 18, 2014 – There is a lot of rock set to be produced on the "Third Rock from the Sun." Through 2017, worldwide sales of construction aggregates are forecast to expand more than five percent per year to 53 billion metric tons, according to the new market research report “World Construction Aggregates” from Following recent severe declines from 2007 to 2012, aggregates demand is projected to rebound sharply in North America and Western Europe as construction activity picks up.

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Facing Reality

UtopiaCastingFlyer3April 8, 2014 – Let's turn an aggregates industry professional into a reality TV star! I was contacted by a recruiter who is working with FOX television on a project named “UTOPIA.”

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Ryan Budget Proposal Advocates Cuts

Ryan Budget Proposal Advocates CutsRep. Paul Ryan’s just-released budget would limit expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund to the dwindling revenues generated by the federal gasoline tax, but give states increased flexibility to pay for their highway projects, perhaps through keeping and spending the gas taxes collected in their state instead of sending them to Washington. 

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More Merger Mania

Merger AheadApril 5, 2014 – The word on the street is that Holcim and Lafarge are in advanced merger discussions. In statements, the companies emphasized that no agreement had yet been reached, and that there was no guarantee of a deal. But they pointed to a "strong complementarity" and "cultural proximity" between their operations. 

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