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Going Global

“World Construction Aggregates”April 18, 2014 – There is a lot of rock set to be produced on the "Third Rock from the Sun." Through 2017, worldwide sales of construction aggregates are forecast to expand more than five percent per year to 53 billion metric tons, according to the new market research report “World Construction Aggregates” from Following recent severe declines from 2007 to 2012, aggregates demand is projected to rebound sharply in North America and Western Europe as construction activity picks up.

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Facing Reality

UtopiaCastingFlyer3April 8, 2014 – Let's turn an aggregates industry professional into a reality TV star! I was contacted by a recruiter who is working with FOX television on a project named “UTOPIA.”

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Ryan Budget Proposal Advocates Cuts

Ryan Budget Proposal Advocates CutsRep. Paul Ryan’s just-released budget would limit expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund to the dwindling revenues generated by the federal gasoline tax, but give states increased flexibility to pay for their highway projects, perhaps through keeping and spending the gas taxes collected in their state instead of sending them to Washington. 

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More Merger Mania

Merger AheadApril 5, 2014 – The word on the street is that Holcim and Lafarge are in advanced merger discussions. In statements, the companies emphasized that no agreement had yet been reached, and that there was no guarantee of a deal. But they pointed to a "strong complementarity" and "cultural proximity" between their operations. 

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Report Cites Growth – What?

2012 Economic Census Advance ReportMarch 28, 2014 – The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector of the economy showed tremendous growth from 2007 to 2012 as the number of establishments rose by 26.4 percent, according to the 2012 Economic Census Advance Report just released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Hmmmmm, I'm questioning that. From 2007-2012, the quarrying sector of the economy took a historic hit. If they are grouping mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction together, then quarrying gets a boost from the growth in oil and gas extraction.

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