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Construction Employment Increases in 138 Out of 337 Metro Areas

Construction employment increased in 138 out of 337 metropolitan areas between March 2010 and March 2011, decreased in 153 and stayed level in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. But association officials said that the industry’s five-year employment slump is far from over, and could worsen as public construction winds down.

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NSSGA Tightens Internal Organization For Focus and Efficiency

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) continues to tighten its internal organization for focus and efficiency.  Federal regulations, federal legislation and judicial process are now coordinated in one functional department to help enhance the unified voice that is critical to grassroots efforts and association coalitions.

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ARTBA Voices Support for Coal Ash Bill

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) called for enactment of House legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from classifying recycled coal ash as a “hazardous substance.”

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Eagle Crusher Co. Names VP of Sales And Marketing

Eagle Crusher Co. named Brad Kemerling vice president sales and marketing. CEO Susanne Cobey said, “Brad brings a highly successful 25-year sales-management background in the bulk material handling and mining industries, which will enable Eagle Crusher to expand into new products and market segments globally.”

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Housing Starts Rise 7.2 Percent in March

Nationwide housing starts rose 7.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 549,000 units in March from an upwardly revised number in the previous month, the U.S. Commerce Department reported. Coming on the heels of disappointing declines in February, this gain was represented in both the single- and multifamily sectors, and was mirrored by substantial improvements in building permit issuance for the same period.

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