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Construction Spending Slips Again

Construction spending decreased for the second consecutive month in September as declines in public and private nonresidential construction, as well as multifamily projects, offset growth in single-family homebuilding, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new spending figures underscore how challenges current market conditions are for many firms.

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Transportation Initiatives Pass on Election Day

Voters across the nation again demonstrated they strongly support increased investment in transportation improvements, approving 60 of 90 (67 percent) transportation-related initiatives that were on the November ballot, according to a report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC).

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Natural Resource Partners Benefits from Aggregates Acquisition

Oil and gas, coal, aggregates and industrial-minerals producer Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NRP) reported revenues of $91.6 million for the third quarter of 2014 compared to $82.2 million for the third quarter of 2013, and distributable cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, of $57.8 million compared to $104.6 million for the third quarter of 2013.

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MDU Construction Materials Business Has Record Quarter

MDU Resources Group Inc. reported third quarter consolidated adjusted earnings of $84.9 million, or 44 cents per common share, compared to $92.3 million, or 49 cents per common share for the third quarter of 2013. Consolidated GAAP earnings were $103.0 million, or 53 cents per common share, compared to $84.3 million, or 44 cents per common share for the third quarter of 2013.

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Cat Media Event Highlights Advancements

CAT-150Caterpillar announced new products, equipment enhancements and Tier 4 updates at a media event in Peoria, Ill., attended by Rock Products Editor Mark S. Kuhar, who was the only chief editor of an aggregates industry publication to attend the event.

 

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