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Virginia Aggregates Producers Garner Awards

A program in Virginia rewards companies that apply innovative techniques to reclaim land and who set the bar high with their safety and community outreach programs. The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy – Division of Mineral Mining, presented the following awards on July 11:

 

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MSHA Mid-Year Report Shows 18 Deaths In First Half of 2015

In the first six months of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recorded the deaths of 18 miners in mining industry accidents in its national mid-year summary. The toll represents a decrease of five metal and nonmetal deaths from the same period in 2014.

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June Construction Starts Retreat 15 Percent

New construction starts in June dropped 15 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline followed an especially strong May, which benefitted from a $9.0 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Texas being entered as a May start.

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Construction Starts Rise 23 Percent in First Half of Year

During the first six months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $336.0 billion, up 23 percent from the same period a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Summit Materials Completes Cement Plant, Distribution Deal

Construction materials producer Summit Materials Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of a 1.2 million short ton capacity cement plant in Davenport, Iowa, along with seven cement distribution terminals from Lafarge North America Inc., for a purchase price of $450 million in cash, plus an exchange of Summit’s Bettendorf, Iowa cement distribution terminal.

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