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FAST Act Analysis Confirms Gains for Aggregate Demand

In an analysis commissioned by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), potential increases in aggregates production are suggested through the five years of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

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Construction Starts Climb 8 Percent in 2015

For 2015 as a whole, total construction starts climbed 8 percent to $645.5 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This continues the pattern of moderate expansion for total construction starts registered during the previous three years – 2012, up 12 percent; 2013, up 11 percent; and 2014, up 9 percent.

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Polaris Foresees Strong 2016 Performance

Polaris Materials Corp. reports that shipments from its Orca Quarry for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2015, were 3.02 million tons, a decrease of approximately 12.5 percent versus 2014, reflecting the impact of previously reported supply disruptions in the second and third quarters of 2015.

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New Construction Starts Rise in December

New construction starts in December advanced 4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $591.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The December gain follows a 5 percent decline in November and brings total construction activity back close to the amount that was reported in October.

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