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ConExpo-Con/Agg Was a Beast

RR031317 conexpoMarch 13, 2017 – I just returned from Las Vegas, where I spent a week attending the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) convention and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. The NSSGA convention was a huge success and ConExpo-Con/Agg was a beast. This was my ninth show, and it was by far the best. More than 127,000 people. More than 2.8 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. It is the rare show where every single manufacturer you speak with is optimistic and at their trade-show booth, display products are already sold and they are writing orders for more. It is the rare show where aggregates producers are talking about adding new equipment, upgrading rolling stock and planning for additional shifts. What we are experiencing is the perfect storm. When President Obama signed the FAST Act in December of 2015, we knew the market would not feel the effects until 2017. That effect has hit. As President Trump keeps repeating that we are going to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, it pushes a gale-force wind into the sails. Hold onto your hat friends, this is going to be a hell of a ride.

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What The Frac Will They Be Talking About?

RR022817 fracFeb. 27, 2017 – Going to ConExpo-Con/Agg? If you are a frac sand producer, don’t miss a special Rock Products-sponsored seminar: Frac Sand: How Technology and Market Dynamics Will Drive Future Success. It will take place in the Westgate hotel (former Hilton), Ballroom G, March 10, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Panelists will be:

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Everybody Loves Infrastructure Spending

RR022417 JoshuaTreeRoadFeb. 24, 2017 – Eighty-seven percent of voters said they back the idea of boosting federal government spending on infrastructure, per a new Quinnipiac University poll. Both Democrats and Republicans, men and women, and younger as well as older voters said they support the idea. Overall support has remained steady since Quinnipiac posed the question ("Do you support or oppose increasing federal spending for roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure?") to voters in the fall. 

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Shuster: Infrastructure Package Not on Fast Track

RR021517 Bill ShusterFeb. 15, 2017 – House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster recently delivered a message that's already becoming clear to the transportation world: A big legislative package to fund infrastructure isn't going to happen right away. "You're not going to see an infrastructure [bill] in the next month or two," Shuster said at a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners meeting. He did however mention that he met with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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NSSGA Holds Audio Town Meeting

RR020817 MikeJohnsonFebruary 8, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has a message for aggregates producers. This is no time to relax and rest on your laurels. There is a new administration in Washington, D.C., and you need to get them on your side. Reach out and build relationships with state and national representatives, and members of the new administration, if possible. 

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