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May Construction Slides 6 percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $376.1 billion, new construction starts in May dropped 6 percent from the previous month, reported McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Nonresidential building pulled back after its improved level in March and April, while residential building stayed weak.

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Aggregate Industries Donates Concrete for 9/11 Memorial

Aggregate Industries US, a member of the Holcim Group, recently donated concrete for a 9/11 memorial in Kensington, Md. The memorial was officially dedicated on June 25. The dedication ceremony featured several speakers, including Richard Freedman, regional environmental land services manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Aggregate Industries US.

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Rockwell Automation Part of Smart Manufacturing Partnership

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) has developed a new report entitled “Implementing 21st Century Smart Manufacturing.” The report seeks to establish a roadmap and set the top 10 priorities for modernizing 20th century factories with 21st century digital information and automation technology to change the way manufacturing is done and capture the economic, efficiency and competitiveness benefits.

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Stimulus Spending Continues to Slow

According to a recent Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence report, 73.1 percent of total American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funds have been dispersed through May, compared to 71.3 percent in April.

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