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Baltimore and More

NSSGAAugust 28, 2013 – I am blogging live this week from Baltimore, where I am attending a special AGG1 2015 planning meeting hosted by NSSGA. It was great to sit around a table and swap ideas and share concerns with representatives of many U.S. manufacturers of aggregates equipment, and a select group of high-level stone producers, not to mention a state association executive and a few other people. In addition, it was great to meet new NSSGA President Michael Johnson. The 2015 AGG1 show is going to be a good one. And it will be here before we know it.

Asphalt Industry Ready for New PEL

NAPA Logo Gradient smallAugust 26, 2013 – Aggregates operations with an adjacent asphalt plant can take note of this: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a proposed permissible exposure level (PEL) for silica dust, according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

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Moving Ohio Forward

OhioAugust 18, 2013 – Ohio isn't waiting for Congress to get off its butt and focus on infrastructure. Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich recently announced a jobs and transportation plan that includes more than 40 major road construction projects across the state that the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build over the next six years. These projects will improve motorist safety, reduce congestion on highways, add capacity and improve the state’s economy.

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Keep Moving Forward

McGraw-HillAugust 11, 2013 – New construction starts are forecast to rise 6 percent this year to $506 billion, according to the Midyear Update to the 2013 Construction Outlook from McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. This is the same rate of increase for total construction starts that was predicted last October, and follows the 8 percent gain that took place in 2012.

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Transportation Funding Bills on Verge

highway2July 31, 2013 – Congress is doing something right today. The U.S. Senate continued consideration of its FY’14 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill (S.1243), the spending measure covering nearly all U.S. Department of Transportation programs, according to NSSGA. The $54 billion bill is $2.3 billion more than the FY’13 enacted level and nearly $10 billion more than the House version.

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