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Aggregates Production Dips in Second Quarter

An estimated 606 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2017, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2016, according to Jason Willett, crushed-stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2017 was 1.02 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

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Houston Hammered by Hurricane Harvey; Rebuilding to Take Years

Hurricane Harvey has hit the Houston area hard. At least 13 people are dead, with many more injured, as parts of the Houston area were inundated with more than 40 in. of rain, according to forecasters. Totals could reach 50 in. as rainfall continues.

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NMA Poll Shows Majority of Voters Concerned About Infrastructure

Eighty-six percent of voters are concerned about the state of American infrastructure, according to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult for the National Mining Association (NMA); just three percent of voters are not concerned about the country’s infrastructure.

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Vulcan Materials Acquires Polaris Materials

Vulcan Materials Co. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Polaris Materials Corp., an aggregates and logistics company that serves key California markets from strategically situated operations in British Columbia, Canada. The Polaris business includes a high-capacity aggregates processing plant and deep water port on Vancouver Island along with associated long-term aggregate reserves and five distribution yard outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Long Beach, Calif.

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New Home Sales Pull Back in July After Strong Spring

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in July fell 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units from an upwardly revised June reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the lowest sales reading since December 2016. Meanwhile, year-to-date, new home sales are 9.2 percent above their level over the same period last year.

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