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The Metso-McCloskey Deal

RR061319 mergersJune 13, 2019 – Big news in the world of crushing. As you probably have heard by now, Metso is acquiring McCloskey International. The deal supports Metso's expansion plans and the company will now be able to offer customers multiple complementary product lines. The deal also brings McCloskey greater international market presence. But is the deal an early precursor to an even larger merger possibilities? It certainly opened some eyes when in 2017 John Deere acquired Wirtgen, and with it the crushing capabilities of Kleemann. Could we see another heavy-iron manufacturer cut a deal to get in the crushing business? Don't count it out.

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A Look Inside the New USGS Report

RR030519 USGSlogoJune 11, 2019 – According to the U.S. Geological Survey – which just released its first-quarter report – the estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2019 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2018. With a nice overall increase of almost 9%, it begs the question, what happened in those four districts that saw declines? The New England region, which consists of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, was off 8.9%. The West North Central region, which consists of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, was off 0.7%. The Mountain region, which consists of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, was off 0.3%. The Pacific region, which consists of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, was off 12.6%. I think it is fair to predict that lingering winter weather hit both the New England and West North Central regions, and to some extent the Mountain region as well. The Pacific region also felt the impact of lingering winter weather at higher elevations, but add in forest fires, torrential rains, drought conditions and more. It could have been much worse than a 12.6% decline. When you read the quarterly reports coming from the publicly traded companies, almost every report now notes the impact of adverse weather conditions on operations.

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AEM to Rock Summerfest

RR061019 AEMJune 10, 2019 – To help mark the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' (AEM) 125th anniversary and bring awareness of the contributions of the manufacturing industry, AEM will sponsor the first-ever Manufacturing Day at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 28th. This will be the first time off-road heavy equipment will be on display at the event. Summerfest is considered Milwaukee's cornerstone summer celebration drawing crowds of 800,000 from around the world each year. Featured performers are Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh and Friends, Counting Crows, Allison Kraus, Jason Aldean, Bon Iver, Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Megadeth, The Killers, Billie Eilish, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q.

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Lindsey Aggregates' New Sand Washing System

RR060519 CDEJune 5, 2019 – Lindsey Aggregates, based in New York state, opened its doors today to showcase its new multi-million-dollar integrated sand washing system, designed and installed by full-service EPC company CDE. Rock Products is on-hand for the event.

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Graniterock Fixes Its Own Road

RR060419 GraniterockJune 4, 2019 – Exiting Graniterock's A.R. Wilson Quarry won’t be such a bumpy ride now that the company fixed its own road. The road leading out of the quarry, with more than a few potholes, underwent a rehabilitation project coordinated by several Graniterock teams in addition to the quarry: CIR, RTS, Construction Division and Road Materials. The One Company project has been years in the making as the road condition has grown worse in recent years due to high truck traffic and heavy rains, creating frustration among aggregate customers and team members.

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