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Who is Number One?

#1February 28, 2014 ­– Who is the largest aggregates producer in the United States? That is the question after Martin Marietta Materials’ acquisition of Texas Industries. Well, in 2013, according to data in public reports, Martin Marietta Materials reported 128,433,000 tons sold. TXI reported 14,600,000 tons sold for a combined total of 143,033,000 tons.

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First Quarter Looking Up

FMIFebruary 21, 2014 – Things continue to look up! FMI’s First Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report shows a 7.5 point increase since the 2013 fourth quarter report, as well as a 6.8 point increase from Q1 2013. This is the highest NRCI score to date.

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Getting into a 'Boxer' Match

Barbara BoxerFebruary 19, 2014 – A new federal transportation funding mechanism is beginning to move forward. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaking at a hearing on the Economic Importance of Maintaining Federal Investments in Our Transportation Infrastructure, said, "It is critical for our nation to continue investing in our aging infrastructure.

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Making River Rock Round

Downstream Upstream River RockFebruary 14, 2014 – Here is some interesting research. For centuries, geologists have recognized that the rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. But these experts have not agreed on the reason these patterns exist. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder as they are transported down the river. 

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Want to Mine the Moon?

moonFebruary 12, 2014 – There's GOLD in them thar craters! NASA has now started inviting applications from private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for resources such as helium 3 and rare earth metals.

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