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Top 10 News Stories of 2015

Passage of the Fast Act

In a major victory for the aggregates industry, both chambers of Congress voted to approve The Fixing America's Surface Transportation, or FAST Act. The $305-billion, five-year bill was signed into law by President Obama.

Aggregates Production Rises

According to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Geological Survey, estimated aggregates production for consumption in the first nine months of 2015 was 1.69 billion metric tons, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

AGG1 Breaks Records

NSSGA’s AGG1 show, held March 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with World of Asphalt, reported record registered attendance of more than 7,600; record exhibitor and exhibit space; and a record 10,000-plus education session tickets purchased. Rock Products sponsored the Young Leaders Luncheon.

ConExpo Latin America Debuts 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers strategic focus on the Latin American market took a giant step forward with the debut of ConExpo Latin America in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 21-24. The event included an educational conference sponsored by Mining Media International and Rock Products.

Publicly Traded Companies Make Gains

Vulcan Materials, Martin Marietta Materials, Summit Materials and others continued to register productions gains in an improving construction economy.

Coker Wins Young Leaders Award

The Mark S. Walsh award, sponsored by Rock Products, was presented to Dennis Coker of Natural Resource Partners at NSSGA’s Young Leaders Conference.

Superior Enters Crushing Market

Superior Industries Inc. entered the crushing-equipment market with the debut of its brand new Patriot Cone Crusher.

Summit Materials Acquires LeGrand Johnson 

Summit Materials Inc. completed the acquisition of LeGrand Johnson Construction Co., a vertically integrated construction materials company.

MSHA Steps Up Enforcement

In the wake of a deadly day in mining on Aug. 3 in which three miners lost their lives in separate incidents in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia, the Mine Safety and Health Administration stepped up enforcement efforts and intensified outreach and education nationwide.