July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent

The value of new construction starts in July advanced 6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $728.1 billion, it was reported by Dodge Data & Analytics. Leading the way was a 26 percent jump by the nonbuilding construction sector, which reflected an improved level for public works and the start of two massive power plants, located respectively in California and New York.

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Trump Scraps Plan for Infrastructure Advisory Council

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, according to a report on Bloomberg.com. 

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MSHA Issues New Serious Accident Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued yet another Serious Accident Alert. The accident occurred on June 22, 2017, at a surface aggregates operation.

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Cemex, California Approve Lapis Sand Plant Agreement

Final approval of Cemex's agreement to phase out operations at its long-running Lapis sand plant in Marina, Calif., occurred when the California State Lands Commission unanimously approved the agreement in Sacramento, Calif.

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ACG Materials Acquires Diamond Gypsum

H.I.G. Capital announced that ACG Materials has acquired Diamond Gypsum Co. Located in Watonga, Okla., Diamond Gypsum is a leading miner of gypsum products sold into various oil and gas, infrastructure and agricultural applications. 

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