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Let's Get It Right

RR031618 USGSMarch 16, 2018 – This just in from USGS. The envelope, please. The estimated total output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion metric tons, about the same as that in 2016. In its Mineral Commodity Summaries issued late last year, USGS estimated that in 2017, 1.33 billion tons of crushed stone and 890 million tons of construction sand and gravel – 2.22 billion metric tons – would be produced. Unfortunately that was reported as fact by some industry media entities. At least there's some good news: actual production from last year reported this year was higher than reported last year before last year was over. Did you catch all that? 

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AGG1: Houston, We Got Products

RR030118 AGG1 sqMarch 1, 2018 – Houston, we got products. AGG1 – being held in Houston, March 6-8 – is the aggregates industry’s leading exposition and education resource. AGG1 features in-depth industry-focused educational programming and comprehensive exhibits that showcase the latest technologies and innovations in aggregates-related equipment, products and services. The show is co-located with the NSSGA Annual Convention and World of Asphalt Show & Conference. Rock Products is at booth #1459. Stop and say hello.

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I Like It When They Listen To Me

RR021518 Highway CongestionFeb. 15, 2018 It looks like President Trump read my February issue editorial. He reportedly tried to persuade his fellow Republicans to raise the gas tax, according to a story in the Washington Post. In a closed-door meeting on infrastructure with members of both parties, Trump pitched the idea of a 25-cent increase in the gas tax, which hasn't been raised since 1993. There's a growing rift among Republicans about whether it's worth considering a tax hike to fund much-needed upgrades to America's roads and bridges. “To my surprise, President Trump, today in our meeting, offered his support for raising the gas and diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon and dedicating that money to improve our roads, highways and bridges,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), who attended the meeting. Carper supports the increase and said, “Trump came back to the idea of a 25-cent increase several times throughout the meeting.” The president “even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we can do something that has proven difficult in the past,” Carper said.

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Wood Makes a Gravelly Point

RR020618 BaileyWoodFeb. 6, 2018 – A Congressional representative from Georgia, Jody Hice, wants to rename Gravelly Point Park in Arlington County, Va., and call it Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. An article in the Washington Post has a few things to say about that, and quotes someone we know well, Bailey Wood: “Gravel is truly one of the most fundamental building blocks in America,” said Bailey Wood, vice president of communications for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, located about five miles from Gravelly Point, in Alexandria. “We commonly say around here that there is nothing of significance built in this country that doesn’t start with a rock. And gravel is a fundamental component of that.” Yeah, Wood makes a Gravelly Point, some names ought to be just left the way they are.

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Having a Blast

RR013018 blastJan. 29, 2018 – Hello from San Antonio where I am attending the ISEE blasting conference. Lots of optimism here and manufacturers pleased with both current business conditions and booth traffic. Spoke with several of the seismic monitoring companies who had much to say about some plant expansions coming on line in the future and ongoing community outreach being practiced by a number of aggregates operations. Look for a full report in Rock Products.

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