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Highway Trust Fund Warning

Associated Equipment Distributor’s (AED) February 3, 2014 – A new analysis by the Associated Equipment Distributor’s (AED) Government Affairs Office based on recent data from the Federal Highway Administration shows the potentially devastating economic impact of the impending collapse of the federal highway program. 

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State of the Infrastructure

 State of the union logoJanuary 29, 2014 – In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama called for tax reform tied to infrastructure investment, and put Congress on notice that they must pass an infrastructure bill. "Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today's global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure," he said.

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Martin Marietta + Texas Industries?

Martin Marietta Materials logoJanuary 25, 2014 – The word on the street is, Martin Marietta Materials is in advanced talks to buy the industry's 14th largest crushed-stone producer,Texas Industries (TXI). An all-stock deal could be announced as early as this coming week, according to my sources. 

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Sullivan Predicts Growth at World of Concrete

Portland Cement Association's Chief Economist Ed Sullivan January 22, 2014 – On the first day of the World of Concrete 2014 Show in Las Vegas, The Portland Cement Association's Chief Economist Ed Sullivan forecast 8 percent growth in cement production this year, according to Don Marsh, editor of sister publication Concrete Products, who is reporting live from the show.

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Safety Achievement in Illinois

January 20, 2014 – Congratulations goes out to the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP). The association's  Safety Committee announced to everyone working in the aggregates industry in Illinois that they have achieved another fatality free year.

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