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Martin Marietta Looks Ahead

RR043019 MartinMariettalogoMay 5, 2020 – Martin Marietta Materials, in its first-quarter report, said that of the company’s three primary end uses, the outlook for infrastructure construction, particularly for aggregates-intensive highways and streets, is expected to be the most near-term resilient. While the majority of the United States has currently been ordered to shelter in place, most state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are currently operational and continue to advance transportation projects, capitalizing on the reduction of vehicles on the road and related traffic congestion. Florida, for example, recently announced plans to accelerate $2.1 billion of critical transportation projects. That said, state DOTs are experiencing lower revenue collections and states may have other short-term funding needs relating to the COVID-19 impact that may decrease the scale and/or postpone the timing of future construction. Industry representatives are actively engaging with Congress to address surface transportation infrastructure in the “Phase 4” emergency relief and economic recovery COVID-19 legislation, including an immediate $49.95 billion in flexible federal funding to offset an estimated 30% loss in state transportation revenues in the next 18 months and the passage of a comprehensive major surface transportation reauthorization package.

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Summit Evaluates Direction Forward

RR103119 SummitLogoApril 29, 2020 – While COVID-19 is not having a major impact – yet – on current business conditions, companies are certainly putting future plans on hold and evaluating expansion opportunities. Summit Materials in its first-quarter report noted, "Summit is withdrawing its previously announced 2020 Adjusted EBITDA guidance until the company has better visibility into the extent of economic disruption related to COVID-19 and the ultimate resumption of normal business conditions. The company is reducing its 2020 capital expenditure guidance to $145-$160 million, including $50 million to $60 million estimated for greenfield projects, from its prior 2020 capital expenditure guidance of $185 to $205 million, including $65 to $80 million for greenfield projects, as certain items have been deferred at Summit's option to later periods." We will learn more as additional first-quarter reports hit the news wire.

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Digital Distancing

RR042320 ProximityTraceApril 23, 2020 – In response to the need for greater worker protection during the COVID-19 pandemic, Triax Technologies Inc., a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) worksite technology, announced a new IoT system, Proximity Trace. The new solution provides proximity distancing alerts and contact tracing through a wearable device for workers across many industries, including construction, heavy industrial, energy and manufacturing. It offers added protection for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and helps companies get workers back to work safely, while addressing recommended social distancing practices.

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NSSGA Wants to Tell Your Story on Earth Day!

RR041420 earthdayApril 14, 2020 – Earth Day is next Wednesday, April 22, and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) wants to highlight member company’s environmental efforts on social media. "We’re planning to target policymakers in sharing your business actions as good environmental stewards," NSSGA said. "Consider sharing your best photos, graphics, quotes, etc. and adding #EarthDayRocks to your posts, so we can track them and help spread your message. Please send your content and ideas to NSSGA Digital Communications Manager Kristina Braxton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to highlighting the great environmental work that each of you and your businesses do."

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Rogers Group Moves Forward

RR040920 RogersApril 9, 2020 – Rogers Group is open for business. "Many government officials have issued 'stay-at-home' orders, requiring residents to stay inside their homes unless involved in certain 'essential activities',” the company stated. "These orders include construction and infrastructure activities as being 'essential.' As such, there will be no interruption of service from Rogers Group operations throughout our markets. Please refer to announcements from local government officials for specifics regarding the 'stay-at-home' designation. Included in the list of exceptions to the order are:

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