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Martin Marietta Aggregates Volume Up in First Quarter

martin marietta materialsMartin Marietta Materials Inc. reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Net sales increased 10 percent, resulting in gross margin expansion and improved profitability, according to the company. Aggregates product line volume was up 8 percent.

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ATF Hosts RAM Surface Blasting Course

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently hosted R. A. McClure Inc.’s (RAM Inc.) premier Surface Blasting Course at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) at the Redstone Arsenal, located in Huntsville, Ala. It was the first such technical course held at the new center by an independent blasting educational company.

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Housing, Economy to Continue Upward Path

A growing economy, pent-up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory through 2015. However, several obstacles including tight consumer credit, shortages of lots and labor and rising materials prices are hindering a more robust recovery, according to economists who participated in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar.

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Lafarge Donates to Habitat for Humanity

Lafarge North America donated time and materials to a New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) build site, as a reflection of its commitment to volunteering and to building better cities. Lafarge U.S. President and CEO John Stull was on hand to present a check to the organization on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees.

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