Rock Products - The Leading Voice of the Aggregate Industries.

Construction Starts Ease Back 2 Percent in September

The value of new construction starts in September decreased a slight 2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $703.7 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This follows the 22 percent jump for total construction starts in August, which witnessed the highest monthly pace for construction starts so far in 2016.

Read more: Construction Starts Ease Back 2 Percent in September

Polaris Reports Healthy Third-Quarter Aggregates Sales

Polaris Materials announced that sales volumes in the third quarter of 2016 were 810,000 tons, an increase of 11 percent over third quarter 2015. Year-to-date sales volumes were 2.27 million tons, an increase of 7 percent over the same period in 2015, according to the company.

Read more: Polaris Reports Healthy Third-Quarter Aggregates Sales

Manufacturers Challenge Next President: Close $1 Trillion Infrastructure Gap

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States, released “Building to Win,” an ambitious, new initiative to revitalize the nation’s failing infrastructure. In a vote by the 121-year-old association, the initiative was unanimously adopted by the NAM board of directors.

Read more: Manufacturers Challenge Next President: Close $1 Trillion Infrastructure Gap

Cat's Oberhelman to Retire; Umpleby Will Take Over

After more than 41 years with Caterpillar Inc., Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017. 

Read more: Cat's Oberhelman to Retire; Umpleby Will Take Over

Cemex Completes Water Recycling System at Balcones Quarry

Cemex announced the completion of a new water recycling system at the Cemex Balcones quarry near New Braunfels, Texas. The state-of-the-art system will decrease the building materials company’s environmental impact and reliance on water pulled from nearby sources by using 90 percent less water annually than previously used by the quarry’s wash plant.

Read more: Cemex Completes Water Recycling System at Balcones Quarry