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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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Permits Take a Jump

Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 21, 2014 – Where there are permits, there is future business. The Issuance of new building permits rose 7.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.02 million units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family permits edged down 1.8 percent to 588,000 units and multifamily permits rose 27.6 percent to 407,000 units. Regionally, overall permits rose 6.3 percent in the Northeast, 9.9 percent in the South and 17.9 percent in the West but declined 11.8 percent in the Midwest.

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Fatality!

MSHAMarch 14, 2014 – On Feb. 28, 2014, a 50-year-old supervisor with 27 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was at a backfill site and approached an 80-ft. high bank when it failed, engulfing him. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid tragedies such as this one.

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