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Production Takes a Step Forward

usgsFebruary 28, 2013 – USGS just reported full-year 2012 production numbers, and aggregates production has taken a step forward. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2012 was 1.99 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of 2011's total of 1.93 Gt. An estimated 484 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2012, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2011.

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Award Winner

HolcimLogoFebruary 25, 2013 – Holcim (US) Inc. announced that its Ada plant, located in Ada, Okla., has been awarded the Outstanding Business Partner Award by East Central University, also in Ada. This award recognizes and highlights institutions who have cultivated partnerships within their communities.

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Creative Ideas for Generating Funds

roadsFebruary 20, 2013 – Finally some creative ideas are being floating to finance infrastructure investment. According to NSSGA, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.), has proposed a slow and steady increase in the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax rate by indexing it to the Consumer Price Index – or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Cost Construction Index – and issuing 20-year bonds to cover near-term spending needs.

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Canadian, U.S. Infrastructure Issues the Same

ca-lgflagFebruary 18, 2013 – The link between infrastructure investment and economic growth is the same in Canada as it is in the United States. The Canada West Foundation released a new study, "At the Intersection: The Case for Sustained Public Infrastructure Investment," demonstrating the strong link between Canadian public infrastructure investment and long-term economic growth.

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Having a Blast in Forth Worth

2013ConfLogo_Dates_ColorsmallFebruary 11, 2013 – I am blogging live this week from the will 39th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. This event is being held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, and is sponsored by The International Society of Explosives Engineers.

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