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The Moon is Made of Green Cheese

roadsNovember 8, 2011 – House Speaker John A. Boehner said that the U.S. House will take action on its own infrastructure package. Right, and the moon is made of green cheese. His comments come three days after Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal (S. 1769) that would have spent $50 billion on infrastructure investments and set aside $10 billion to start a national infrastructure bank, and a Republican bill (S. 1786) that would have extended current highway funding for another two years.

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Take the Survey!

MESAOctober 31, 2011 – Rock Products is pleased to be the only aggregates-industry magazine chosen to collaborate with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) on its exclusive business survey, entitled "Pursuit of Performance Excellence:  Business Success through Effective Plant Operations Metrics." The survey will run from October 27th to November 14.

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Land of 10,000 Lakes

mminnesotaOctober 27, 2011 – Blogging live this week from Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes. USGS reports that in the second quarter, Minnesota produced 11 million mt of aggregates, down 4.4 percent from  last year's second quarter. Minnesota has always been a strong aggregates state, so no doubt production will climb again soon.

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MSHA Reports Fatality

MSHAredOctober 24, 2011 – MSHA is reporting that a 32 year-old plant operator with 10 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was changing a screen in the plant when he fell approximately 56 ft. to the ground below. He was standing on a steel rail that had been placed between the midrail of the protective rail surrounding the screen deck work platform and the screen structure.

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Tennessee Dreamin'

tennesseeOctober 20, 2011 – Blogging live from beautiful Tennessee this week. Autumn is in full bloom here, which makes my trip a thing of beauty on multiple levels. According to USGS, 11.5 million tons of aggregate was produced in this state in the second quarter of 2011, a 20.5 percent decrease over last year's second quarter.

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