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USGS Releases Quarterly Mine, Plant Production Data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its quarterly U.S. mine and plant production data for selected mineral commodities. These are provided to the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (FRS), for use in preparing its index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates. 

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Transportation Empowerment Act Strongly Opposed

On Sept. 16, a broad coalition of highway users, construction sector groups, and the general business community sent a letter to strongly oppose the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA).

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August Construction Declines; Highways Move Up

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $540.6 billion, new construction starts in August dropped 9 percent, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The decline followed July’s elevated volume, the strongest so far in 2014, and brought activity back to the average pace reported during the first seven months of this year.

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Beckmann Quarry Reaches Safety Milestone

MMM Beckmann QuarryThe Beckmann Quarry, owned and operated by Martin Marietta Materials, celebrated a milestone of reaching two million consecutively logged employee hours without a reportable incident or incident of lost time. This covers a period that stretches back to 2007.

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