Lafarge Quarries Sold to Vulcan

January 17, 2013 – Lafarge North America Inc. just sold six quarries in Georgia, four of which were purchased by Bluegrass Materials Co., the company spearheaded by the Baker family, of Florida Rock fame. While Lafarge did not disclose the buyer of the other two quarries, Rock Products has learned that The Flowery Branch location, as well as a Jackson County site, were sold to Vulcan Materials.

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Cement Going Up

January 14, 2013 – Shipments of cement keep going up, according to USGS. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for October 2012 were about 8.1 million metric tons (Mt). This was almost 10 percent greater than shipments in October 2011.

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Tragedy Leads to Technology

EasternJanuary 7, 2012 – Eastern Concrete Materials Inc., a U.S. Concrete, Inc. company, announced the introduction of two new high-performance concrete products: Con-Tite EF Waterproof Concrete and Sea-Site EF Saltwater-Resistant Concrete.

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USGS: Third Quarter Ups and Downs

usgsDecember 18, 2012 – USGS is just about to report third-quarter production numbers, and the inside scoop is that an estimated 580 metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. That's the bad news. The good news is that the estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2012 was 1.48 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2011.

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Happy National Miners Day

labor-secretary-nominee-hilda-solisDecember 6, 2012 – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement to commemorate National Miners Day: "We honor America's miners who made the ultimate sacrifice and pay tribute to all of the men and women who make their living in this most noble profession. In 1907, the worst industrial accident took place in American history when 362 miners perished in the tragic Monongah disaster in West Virginia. A century later, Congress created National Miners Day to honor them and the memories of every miner who ever lost a life on the job.

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