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Permits Take a Jump

Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 21, 2014 – Where there are permits, there is future business. The Issuance of new building permits rose 7.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.02 million units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family permits edged down 1.8 percent to 588,000 units and multifamily permits rose 27.6 percent to 407,000 units. Regionally, overall permits rose 6.3 percent in the Northeast, 9.9 percent in the South and 17.9 percent in the West but declined 11.8 percent in the Midwest.

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MSHAMarch 14, 2014 – On Feb. 28, 2014, a 50-year-old supervisor with 27 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was at a backfill site and approached an 80-ft. high bank when it failed, engulfing him. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid tragedies such as this one.

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The Show Made History

DSC00096March 10, 2014 ­­­– The just-concluded ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 exhibition in Las Vegas attracted close to 130,000 visitors, which exceeded the expected number, according to estimations from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The show covered a record 2.35 million sq. ft. of exhibit space.

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Aggregates Production Rises

usgsMarch 7, 2014 – The final results are in, and 2013 was an improvement over 2012. An estimated 504 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2012.

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Who is Number One?

#1February 28, 2014 ­– Who is the largest aggregates producer in the United States? That is the question after Martin Marietta Materials’ acquisition of Texas Industries. Well, in 2013, according to data in public reports, Martin Marietta Materials reported 128,433,000 tons sold. TXI reported 14,600,000 tons sold for a combined total of 143,033,000 tons.

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