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Lehigh Hanson Dials Back Projects; Initiates Layoffs

Lehigh Hanson Inc. has delayed the start of a $600 million expansion project at its Lehigh Cement Co. plant in Mitchell, Ind., due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reported local media.

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Hawbaker Working Through Pennsylvania Restrictions

On March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order requiring all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to cease operations immediately to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the order, Gov. Wolf issued a list of non-life-sustaining businesses, which included an outright ban on forms of commercial construction (with the exception of emergency repairs and the construction of healthcare facilities), including the following:

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Graymont Establishes Pandemic Plan

Graymont has stated its position as an essential business serving multiple markets during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Carmeuse Helps with Face Shield Production

As the healthcare profession confronts unprecedented challenges in receiving essential supplies to perform their work under the duress of the COVID-19 pandemic, a local company in Ohio, Premier Industrial Machine led by Carmeuse owner Nick Koval, stepped forward to provide face shields for healthcare providers. 

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Builder Confidence Drops

Reflecting the growing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes plunged 42 points in April to 30, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The decline in April was the largest single monthly change in the history of the index and marks the lowest builder confidence reading since June 2012. It is also the first time that builder confidence has been in negative territory (below 50) since June 2014.

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