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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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Tweet, Tweet

Social MediaMarch 27, 2014 – During ConExpo-Con/Agg, our show updates and information-sharing via social media hit a positive note with many industry manufacturers and readers. We used Twitter, Facebook, special blogs and e-newsletters to bring you in real time the best of the show and the important breaking news. We are investing heavily in digital information and using social media as a platform to reach the industry, not as a replacement for, but an important addition to, our traditional print publishing efforts.

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