Biden Touts Infrastructure; AASHTO Sets Priorities

President Joe Biden said in a statement, “in my first appearance before a Joint Session of Congress, I will lay out … my Build Back Better Recovery Plan. It will make historic investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy.” The president said this approach would create more than 18 million jobs.

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SEMCO Welcomes Vic Matteucci

Jan. 19, 2021 – SEMCO Publishing, parent company of Rock Products, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Victor W. Matteucci has re-joined the company in the role of sales and marketing consultant. Matteucci is well known in the industry from his previous position with Coal Age, Engineering & Mining Journal and Equipo Minero magazines. He represented those publications since 1997 and has a wealth of…

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Trottenberg on Board

Jan. 19, 2021 – According to Politico, the Biden transition announced a handful of second-in-command picks over the weekend, including for DOT. Polly Trottenberg, who resigned in November as head of New York City’s transportation department, will be appointed deputy Transportation secretary. She’s an experienced hand who has put in the years at DOT and on the Hill and could help fill some…

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Tilcon Steps Up to Feed Those in Need

Jan. 12, 2021 – Tilcon Connecticut recently donated $22,000 worth of food to local food pantries in Durham, Wallingford, New Britain and Newington, Conn. The pantries will each receive $2,500 worth of food. Another $12,000 will be donated to food pantries in Plainville and North Branford, Conn., according to news reports. The donations were made possible by Tilcon employees, who worked together to collect…

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Manufacturing Insights

Dec. 29, 2020 – With 2020 quickly coming to an end, Venkat Eswara, vice president of product marketing, Syncron – a manufacturing tech provider that works with OEMs including Mazda, JCB and Hitachi Industries – predicted what could be on the horizon for 2021. From remote service to “contactless” test drives, manufacturing has gone to great lengths in its attempts to modify…

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HeidelbergCement AG Exploring Sale of U.S. Assets?

Dec. 22, 2020 – According to reports, HeidelbergCement AG is exploring the sale of U.S. assets as Chief Executive Officer Dominik von Achten seeks to divest peripheral businesses. Germany’s largest cement maker is reportedly working with Morgan Stanley on the sale of the operations in California. The unit could fetch an estimated $1.5 billion. HeidelbergCement’s advisers recently sent initial marketing documents…

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Outgoing AEM Board Chair Looks Ahead

Dec, 17, 2020 – Outgoing Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Board Chair Jeff Reed, president and CEO of Reed International/VSS Macropaver, addressed some of the critical issues AEM members will face this coming year. “The issue of COVID-19 isn’t behind us, and that will continue to be the case in 2021 and beyond,” he stated. “We’ve learned to be efficient while…

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Infrastructure an Economy Boost

Dec. 8, 2020 – The Biden administration is eyeing a major infrastructure package as a way to boost the economy and advance its climate priorities, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager for progress after four years of fits and starts under President Trump, according to an article in The Hill. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the nation’s crumbling…

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