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Housing Starts Hit Speed Bump in August

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance edged 0.4 percent lower.

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NSSGA Makes Applying for Awards Easier

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) members can now apply for several of the association’s annual awards through an improved online application process on NSSGA’s Awards webpage. The deadline to apply for the Awards of Excellence in Community Relations, the James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award, and Safety Excellence Awards is Nov. 1.

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DOT Awards $800 Million For Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 18 transportation projects in 15 states have been awarded federal grants through the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Advancement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program.

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USGS: Construction Materials Production Spikes

The combined production of most construction materials (cement, construction sand and gravel, and crushed stone) in the second quarter of 2016 increased by 45 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2016, whereas production of gypsum increased only slightly, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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IronDirect Debuts Online Buying Platform for Heavy Equipment

At a special media event in Asheville, N.C., attended by Rock Products, IronDirect unveiled its brand and business model to the aggregates, mining and construction industries. IronDirect is “a first-of-its-kind platform for buyers of heavy construction equipment and parts,” according to the company, and can “reduce equipment costs by up to 50 percent.”

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