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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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Irving Materials Takes Part in Road Awareness Event

The Irving Materials Group of Companies (IMI) took part in the Road Construction Awareness Ride in Indianapolis. The ride was organized by Indianapolis-based Rieth-Riely construction to raise awareness of workers in cone zones.

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Industry Urges Congress to Tackle Worker Shortage

Construction employment slipped from July to August for the fourth time in five months. Year-over-year job gains and recently released spending data suggest the recent weakness is due to firms having a hard time finding workers rather than lack of demand, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said its recent survey that found two-thirds of contractors are having a hard time finding qualified craft workers underscores the need for measures to boost recruitment and training on new workers.

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Eagle Materials Acquires Ohio Cement Plant, Other Assets

Eagle Materials Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with a subsidiary of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., to purchase Cemex's Fairborn, Ohio, cement plant, as well as related assets, which include a distribution terminal in Columbus, Ohio, and a cement bagging operation. The cement plant has the capacity to grind nearly one million tons of clinker annually.

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MSHA Issues Water Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued the following statement with regard to water safety.

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