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NSSGA Launches 100-Day Action Plan for Reauthorization

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has launched a "100-Day Action Plan for Reauthorization" to keep the pressure on legislators to “act responsibly for America and pass a surface-transportation reauthorization bill by Sept. 30.” Although legislation to reauthorize the nation’s surface transportation law is not expected to be introduced until later in June and NSSGA does not yet know the specifics of the legislation, there are several action items it said the aggregates industry can undertake in the meantime.

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Cemex to Cut Workforce

Mexico's Cemex, the second-largest producer of sand and gravel; and the fifth-largest producer of crushed stone in the United States, plans to cut 6 percent of its workforce worldwide as part of a wider reorganization.

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KPI-JCI Hosts Authorized Dealers for Onsite Factory Training

A hands-on, onsite training approach, supported by classroom learning, resulted in enhanced education for national and international Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI) and Astec Mobile Screens authorized dealers during a PRO Service Training event held recently in Yankton, S.D.

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Construction Spending Inches Up in April

Construction spending inched up for the second straight month in April, 0.4 percent – following downward revisions to the March spending figures – thanks to increases in private nonresidential and home-improvement spending, the Associated General Contractors of America reported last week in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. Association officials noted, however, that the gains were tempered by sluggish homebuilding and declining levels of public investment in construction.

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New Report Indicates Encouraging Economic Signals

FMI, a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, released its “Construction Outlook: Second Quarter 2011” report.

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