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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Here’s to the Young Leaders

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Aug. 7, 2020 – You have to give the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) Young Leaders group credit. They didn’t let COVID-19 stop them from holding their 2020 annual meeting. It was held virtually, with enthusiasm and gusto. Rock Products’ Associate Editor Josephine Patterson, an active participant, was on-hand for the event, you can read her recap here. Rock Products is a proud sponsor of…

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Vulcan Looks Ahead

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Aug. 4, 2020 – Vulcan Materials released its second-quarter report and aggregates sales were up. Regarding the company’s outlook, Tom Hill, chairman and chief executive officer stated, “Although the economic environment is showing signs of improvement, the pandemic’s effect on demand and the broader economy remains unclear. As a result, we are not reinstating earnings guidance at this time. While demand is…

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AGC Talks Recovery, Infrastructure

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July 31, 2020 – The Associated General Contractors of America likes coronavirus recovery measures recently announced in Congress, but makes a good point: infrastructure spending is the economic recovery the workforce needs right now. Association officials noted that new coronavirus recovery measures include provisions that can help construction firms rebuild their payrolls. These include liability reforms so construction firms that are protecting workers from the…

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Martin Marietta’s Second Quarter

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July 28, 2020 – Martin Marietta reported a decrease in aggregates shipments in the second quarter, although company gross profit hit record amounts. But what about the company’s other segments? Second-quarter cement shipments decreased 2.7%, driven by reduced demand for West Texas oil-well specialty cement products caused by historically low oil prices. While cement pricing increased attractively in North Texas, Houston, and portions of…

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Big News from Summit

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July 22, 2020 – With the economic impact of COVID-19 taking its toll nationwide, many people wondered what the publicly traded aggregates companies would report for the second quarter. We have the first report, from Summit Materials, and it is a good one. For the three months ended June 27, organic sales volumes increased 2.6% in aggregates. Aggregates net revenues increased by $1.3 million to $130.0…

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Simonson Says

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July 21, 2020 – Ken Simonson, economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), said that most states added construction jobs through mid-June, a promising sign. “The U.S. economy expanded at a slight to modest pace since the prior report as business activity varied across the country,” the Federal Reserve reported in the latest “Beige Book,” a summary of informal surveys of…

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The Cost of Congestion

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July 17, 2020 – The U.S. Interstate Highway System faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements, according to TRIP. Its new report, “Restoring the Interstate Highway System: Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well-Maintained National Highway Network,” ranks state Interstate systems that are the…

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