FAST Act Expiration Coming Fast

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Sept. 16, 2020 – Well, here we are in September and it looks very unlikely that a new infrastructure bill will be passed by the end of the month. With the FAST Act’s expiration, the only solution is a short-term extension. A legislative update from this week’s National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association M&S Committee meeting indicated that the Highway Trust Fund will become insolvent in 2021…

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Ready Mixed Production Rises

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Sept. 14, 2020 – The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association released production results for the month of June. The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in June 2020 was 37.1 million cu. yd., 11.3% higher than that in June 2019. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2020 through June is 176 million cu. yd., 3% higher than that during the same period in 2019. Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from…

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Sullivan Speaks

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Sept. 8, 2020 – Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan postulated two likely economic scenarios for the future as he gazed into his crystal ball. In the newly released briefing, “Coronavirus Impacts on the US Cement Industry,” Sullivan suggests the possibility of a W-shaped model that includes a slide back into recession due to a significant rise…

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Today’s Rant: What Does ‘Infrastructure’ Mean?

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Sept. 2, 2020 – When we talk about infrastructure, we mean roads and highways, bridges and tunnels, airports and docks, sewer and water systems. What we are not talking about is electrical wires, cable, wireless networks, the internet and future 5G capabilities. How did all that get bundled into the word “infrastructure?” When did that happen? Can’t they use their own moniker? What happened to…

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USGS Publication Notes Average Sand and Gravel Price

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Aug. 27, 2020 – The U.S. Geological Survey just released its 2017 Minerals Yearbook chapter for construction sand and gravel. Yeah, they are a year behind, they should be reporting analysis of 2018 data right now, according to Commodity Specialist Jason Willett. But that’s okay. Total production has been reported previously, but interesting in the report is pricing information. In 2017, 941 construction sand and gravel operations…

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Rep. James Clyburn to Speak

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Aug. 26, 2020 – Mark your calendars and register today to hear U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (SC-06) speak during this year’s National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Legislative & Policy Forum on Sept. 21-23. The congressman will speak Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8:40 a.m. during the Breakfast with a Lawmaker & Virtual Hill Day Prep. He currently serves his colleagues as the third-ranking Democrat in the United…

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NSSGA Announces Legislative Forum Speakers

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Aug. 19, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) will host U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va), and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) during this year’s Legislative & Policy Forum on Sept. 21-23. The event will be held virtually. Sen. Capito is scheduled to speak during the Breakfast with a Lawmaker session on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 8-9 a.m. She is the first female…

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Chaney Raises $88,000 for Charity

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Aug. 12, 2020 – Chaney Enterprises gets it done. Despite the challenge of hosting events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Babe and Dick Chaney Memorial Golf Tournament went off without a hitch. The sold-out tournament took place on Monday, July 13 at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md. After a great day of golf, sponsors and Chaney employees enjoyed outdoor refreshments as…

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