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AASHTO President Looks to States

Federal transportation funding is crucial to states, the economy, and job creation and must be continued at nothing less than current levels, according to Susan Martinovich, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and director of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Testifying at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Martinovich said, "Contractors in our state tell me they need a backlog of three years of work to keep their crews together. Currently many see only six months of work on the horizon. With that uncertainty, they can't plan or buy equipment or supplies. They can't assure jobs for existing staff, let alone include training and internships for minority worker programs." Martinovich told the senators, "We are counting on you to sustain the transportation investment this country needs."

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C. Paul Palmer Named President And COO At National Lime And Stone

C. Paul Palmer IV was elected president and COO of The National Lime and Stone Co. at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Carleton P. Palmer III, chairman of the board and CEO of the company.

Carleton Palmer said that Paul Palmer will have responsibility for all the operating and administrative functions of the company. The president and COO along with the senior vice president of finance and CFO will report to Carleton Palmer.

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Safety And Training Initiatives are Focus at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011

Attendees at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 will have access to several safety and training-focused events being held in conjunction with the shows, providing added value to the show experience. 

These include:

  • Lift Safety Zone outdoor demonstration area.
  • Crane and Rigging Conference with a Crane Operator Rodeo
  • International Mixer Driver Championship.
  • Construction Challenge finals for the teen-focused program spotlighting industry careers.

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PCA: Regulations Should Not be Barriers to Growth

The congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the first of what is expected to be several hearings on regulatory barriers that impede industry’s ability to create jobs. Led by Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the hearings bring the concerns of the nation’s job creators directly to Washington, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA).

The hearing included representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers, Black Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Foundation. Individual sector hearings are anticipated in the next several weeks. A report issued by the Committee, after receiving comments from PCA and other trade associations, private companies and national think tanks, cited uncertainty of future regulation as a factor that “chills capital formation and can leave U.S. businesses with less investment capital if the money is diverted to foreign markets.”

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Oldcastle Enters Austin, Texas, Market

Oldcastle Materials, Inc. announced that APAC-Texas Inc. acquired the assets of two independent sand and gravel companies operating in Austin, Texas.

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