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Multifamily Drop Pushes Housing Starts Down

Led by a steep drop in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.06 million units in October, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Multifamily starts declined 25.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 338,000 units while single-family production edged down 2.4 percent to 722,000 units. Both sectors posted permit gains.

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NSSGA's Johnson: Work on Final Highway Bill Encouraging

Representatives from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have already begun to conference in order to reconcile their respective highway bills. With a little luck, a final bill could be on the president's desk before Thanksgiving.

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Vulcan Materials Garners North Carolina Safety Awards

NOTD VULCAN 150The North Carolina Department of Labor on Oct. 29 honored Vulcan Materials Co. with safety awards at the company’s safety conference in Winston-Salem, N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presented a total of 19 gold awards to Vulcan for both large and small quarry operations and sales yards located in North Carolina. Safety achievements ranged from two consecutive years at some facilities to 25 years. The top award was presented to Vulcan’s Smith Grove Quarry for an impressive 25 years.

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AGG1 Shaping Up to be a Winner

AGG1, scheduled for March 22-24, 2016, in Nashville, will be the industry's go-to show next year, and The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) 2016 AGG1 Academy is shaping up to be the biggest and most diverse aggregates-focused education program yet. Registration opens for the NSSGA annual convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo on Monday, Nov. 16.

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