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USGS Index Supports Industry Growth

The nonmetallic mineral products industry leading index increased 0.3 percent to 240 in December from 239.5 in November, according to the latest report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). However, its 6-month smoothed growth rate remained at the 2.2 percent growth rate of November.

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NSSGA Names Annual Gold Award Winners; Platinum Qualifiers

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada with an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014. The underlying goal of these recognitions is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements, according to the association.

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MSHA Received 49 Discrimination Complaints in 2014

Not long after a miner who maintained a dust collector machine at a cement facility in San Bernardino County, Calif., contacted the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) about safety hazards, he was suspended and then terminated in April 2014. MSHA filed a motion for temporary reinstatement of the miner, and the mine operator, Riverside Cement Co., agreed to temporary economic reinstatement.

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Construction Starts Rose 7 Percent in 2014

For 2014 as a whole, total construction starts climbed 7 percent to $575.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This continues the pattern of moderate expansion for total construction starts reported during the previous two years – 2012, up 10 percent; and 2013, up 9 percent.

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