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Obama Signs Transportation Extension

The National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports that President Obama signed a surface-transportation legislation extension that will keep the federal highway program operating, and provide some certainty for the 2011 construction season. The legislation previously passed both the House and Senate.

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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 Opens March 22

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 and IFPE 2011 are set to open their doors for a five-day run March 22-26 as the global industry gathering place for the year and the largest gathering in North America since 2008 for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries. The triennial co-located shows will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Kirkland Joins Structural Group

Structural Group – a $420 million Baltimore-based specialty-contracting firm that delivers services, systems and technologies that build, repair, protect, strengthen and reinforce concrete, steel, masonry, timber and soils –– announced that industry veteran Jim Kirkland has joined the company as the vice president of commercial sales.

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Congress Approves Extension of Highway Bill

The Senate passed HR 662, legislation to extend federal highway and transit programs for another seven months. Similar legislation was previously passed 421-4 by the House of Representatives. The latest temporary extension of SAFETEA-LU was welcomed by the construction industry.

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Construction Adds 33,000 Jobs Between January and February

The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February even as the industry’s unemployment rate was 21.8 percent, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released last week by the Associated General Contractors of America. As welcome as the new figures are, association officials cautioned that it was too early to tell whether the industry is improving or simply benefiting from the more favorable weather in February compared to the previous month.

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