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Fatalities Increase in 2010

tn_good_mshaJanuary 18, 2011 – Mining fatalities in the United States increased in 2010, following a year marked by the fewest deaths in mining history, according to MSHA's year-end 2010 report.  Seventy-one miners died on the job last year, compared to 34 in 2009.  Forty-eight of those deaths occurred in coal mines, and 23 occurred at metal/nonmetal operations.

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New Enterprise notes positive signs

NELSJanuary 17, 2011 – New Enterprise, Pa.-based New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. announced results for the third quarter ended November 30, 2010. "While the company continues to operate in a challenging macroeconomic environment, our core markets are stabilizing and we saw some encouraging operating trends during the quarter that make us cautiously optimistic going forward," said Paul I. Detwiler, III executive vice president of the company. “Our capital position continues to be an area of strength and we intend to remain nimble with respect to our cost structure and investments.”

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Making some Illi-noise

iaap_logoThe Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers is a charter member of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, a statewide coalition of business, labor, local government and not-for-profit organizations united behind one objective — increased investment in Illinois’ transportation infrastructure. Since coming together in 2002, TFIC has formulated goals each year that advance this objective, which the Coalition then shares with the public and federal and state policymakers. TFIC Federal Goals for 2011 are as follows:

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Think Globally, Read Locally

vulcan-materialsEverybody loves a list. Energy Digital, an Australian-based magazine serving energy markets, has published in its January issue a list of the top six global aggregates producers. The magazine lists 1) Vulcan Materials (U.S.); 2)  Martin Marietta Materials (U.S.); 3) Tarmac (UK) ; 4) Oldcastle Materials (U.S.); 5)  Aggregates Industries (UK); and 6) Holcim (Sweden). Nice capsule summaries of each company as well. Take it for what it’s worth.

GOP Rescinds Trust Fund Guarantee

highway2January 10, 2011 – Well, this isn't welcome news. House Republicans voted to rescind a guarantee that Highway Trust Fund revenues would be spent to fund the critical highway and transit programs that stone producers rely upon to drive business. The move was almost unilaterally condemned by national highway and infrastructure interests. ARTBA President Pete Ruane, in a scathing response, said, “Thirteen years ago, Congressional Republicans and Democrats alike voted overwhelmingly to provide budgetary guarantees that ensured all federal gas and diesel tax user fee revenue collected for the Highway Trust Fund would be invested exclusively and in a timely manner in state highway, bridge and transit improvements.

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