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New Construction Starts in August Recede 2 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.6 billion, new construction starts in August slipped 2 percent from July, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline followed July’s 6 percent increase, yet still kept total construction activity 5 percent above the relatively subdued pace reported during the second quarter.

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CRH to Acquire Ash Grove Cement

Ash Grove Cement Co. announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with CRH plc, under which CRH plc will acquire Ash Grove in a transaction valuing Ash Grove at $3.5 billion on an enterprise value basis. 

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Aggregates Executives Among New ARTBA Officers

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2017-2018 officers during an annual business meeting of members on Sept. 19, including several high-profile aggregates executives. New officers are: 

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Vulcan Subsidiary Breaks Ground on New Rail Line

Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. (SGRR), a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials, has officially broken ground on The Medina Line, a common carrier railroad located approximately 30 miles west of San Antonio. 

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Industry Suffers Eighth Fatality of 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reporting that on Sept. 5, 2017, a 20-year-old plant operator with 23 weeks of experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel mine. The victim was performing maintenance on a belt conveyor when he became entangled in the tail pulley.

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