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Out of This World

Last century, back when 1999 was about to morph into 2000, I wrote a feature story about mining for minerals on the moon. It seemed like an idea that had possibilities, and plans for such an endeavor were being promoted by astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the last man to set foot on the moon. Schmitt is still at it, but he now focuses on mining for the helium-3 isotope.

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Agg1 Hits a Home Run

It’s April and that means the start of the baseball season, but it was the Agg1 show in March that hit a big home run. Held in conjunction with World of Asphalt, the show was an unqualified success. Show officials report record numbers for registration: more than 6,500 attendees. Prior to the show, they had already announced record exhibit space, number of exhibitors and number of education session tickets sold.

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State of the Union

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and among the proposals mentioned was the importance of reinvesting in America's infrastructure, which he linked to the nation's energy needs.

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My First 25 Years

It’s hard to imagine, but I have been a member of the business trade press for almost 25 years. Not counting a few brief stops to cover other industries, most of those 25 years have been spent covering the aggregates industry.

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Is Bigger Better?

The news that Martin Marietta Materials was seeking a hostile takeover of Vulcan Materials hit like a ton of aggregate, not just within our industry, but in the national media as well. There have been some major mergers and takeover attempts recently that made big news, most notably the failed AT&T/T-Mobile deal. But this one hits close to home.

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