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"Howe" Would They Build Bridge to Canada?

RFTR BridgeApril 10, 2018 – According to Politico, Canadian transportation minister Marc Garneau met with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, telling reporters afterward that he reiterated Canada's commitment to working with the U.S. government on the construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge, which would connect Detroit to Windsor.

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The 500 Lake Cook Road Connection

catlogo squareMarch 27, 2018 – I recently heard from John Fischer of Palatine, Ill., who made an interesting observation regarding Caterpillar's new Illinois headquarters: “As one might envision the selected workers of Caterpillar comfortably making their way northward from Peoria, Ill., to their new homestead(s) in Deerfield, Ill. – along pleasing interstates built with earlier versions of the very sorts of equipment they are now responsible for – one might also envision a similar journey made just after World War II as the nation was now finally able to use such sorts of equipment for more productive purposes," he wrote. "This was the journey from Ohio of a small company called Tractomotive that also sought out the northern part of Illinois as a promising site for its operation that would be complete in its capabilities – with all operations from engineering through production at one spot. Its products would in time be shipped all over the world under the original name as well as Allis-Chalmers and finally as FiatAllis. And the connection? That would be that address of 500 Lake Cook Road – perhaps eventualy to become as well known as 100 Northeast Adams Street – that was in fact for many years the exact same one for Caterpillar's former adversary at times, and in a rather interesting turn of things, now to be officially recognized as predecessor. Hallowed ground at 500 Lake Cook Road. There’s just no other explanation." And now you know the rest of the story.

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Let's Get It Right

RR031618 USGSMarch 16, 2018 – This just in from USGS. The envelope, please. The estimated total output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion metric tons, about the same as that in 2016. In its Mineral Commodity Summaries issued late last year, USGS estimated that in 2017, 1.33 billion tons of crushed stone and 890 million tons of construction sand and gravel – 2.22 billion metric tons – would be produced. Unfortunately that was reported as fact by some industry media entities. At least there's some good news: actual production from last year reported this year was higher than reported last year before last year was over. Did you catch all that? 

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AGG1: Houston, We Got Products

RR030118 AGG1 sqMarch 1, 2018 – Houston, we got products. AGG1 – being held in Houston, March 6-8 – is the aggregates industry’s leading exposition and education resource. AGG1 features in-depth industry-focused educational programming and comprehensive exhibits that showcase the latest technologies and innovations in aggregates-related equipment, products and services. The show is co-located with the NSSGA Annual Convention and World of Asphalt Show & Conference. Rock Products is at booth #1459. Stop and say hello.

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I Like It When They Listen To Me

RR021518 Highway CongestionFeb. 15, 2018 It looks like President Trump read my February issue editorial. He reportedly tried to persuade his fellow Republicans to raise the gas tax, according to a story in the Washington Post. In a closed-door meeting on infrastructure with members of both parties, Trump pitched the idea of a 25-cent increase in the gas tax, which hasn't been raised since 1993. There's a growing rift among Republicans about whether it's worth considering a tax hike to fund much-needed upgrades to America's roads and bridges. “To my surprise, President Trump, today in our meeting, offered his support for raising the gas and diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon and dedicating that money to improve our roads, highways and bridges,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), who attended the meeting. Carper supports the increase and said, “Trump came back to the idea of a 25-cent increase several times throughout the meeting.” The president “even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we can do something that has proven difficult in the past,” Carper said.

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