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Powerful Roads in California

RR041917 powerfulroadsApril 19, 2017 – California’s famously congested freeways may soon do more than create headaches, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. State officials agreed to fund an initiative to generate electrical power from traffic, a plan that involves harnessing road vibrations with the intent of turning the automobile, like the sun and wind, into a viable source of renewable energy. The technology is peculiar but proven. Devices that convert mechanical force into electricity are used in watches and lighters and are being tested for power generation on sidewalks and runways. A San Francisco nightclub has even leveraged the pulses of a dance floor to power its lights and music. But it remains to be seen whether the science can be employed on a large scale – threaded beneath the state’s sprawling highway system and rigged to produce significant, cost-effective electricity.

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It's About TIME We Rebuild

RR040317 TIME sqApril 3, 2017 – TIME magazine focuses on the need for improved infrastructure in its current issue. The magazine calls on President Trump to be a champion for a grand vision of America’s safer and efficient infrastructure and earn support from investors and Congress alike, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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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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