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Permit Me to Point Something Out

housingNovember 18, 2011 – Included in the the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) monthly report on new housing starts for October is an interesting statistic: single-family building permits posted a measurable gain of 5.1 percent to 434,000 units, their fastest pace since December of 2010.

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Man Found Dead in Crusher

SafetyAlertNovember 11, 2011 – It’s a story that no one who works around crushers for a living wants to hear. An 82-year-old man died of injuries he suffered when he was apparently trapped inside a crusher at Anderson Quarry, Dewitt, Iowa. According to local news reports, Bruce Arvin Anderson was last seen by a co-worker standing near the area where rock enters the crusher. The co-worker left the area, and a short time later, returned and could not find Anderson.

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The Moon is Made of Green Cheese

roadsNovember 8, 2011 – House Speaker John A. Boehner said that the U.S. House will take action on its own infrastructure package. Right, and the moon is made of green cheese. His comments come three days after Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal (S. 1769) that would have spent $50 billion on infrastructure investments and set aside $10 billion to start a national infrastructure bank, and a Republican bill (S. 1786) that would have extended current highway funding for another two years.

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Take the Survey!

MESAOctober 31, 2011 – Rock Products is pleased to be the only aggregates-industry magazine chosen to collaborate with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) on its exclusive business survey, entitled "Pursuit of Performance Excellence:  Business Success through Effective Plant Operations Metrics." The survey will run from October 27th to November 14.

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Land of 10,000 Lakes

mminnesotaOctober 27, 2011 – Blogging live this week from Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes. USGS reports that in the second quarter, Minnesota produced 11 million mt of aggregates, down 4.4 percent from  last year's second quarter. Minnesota has always been a strong aggregates state, so no doubt production will climb again soon.

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