California Dreaming

california-county-mapMarch 10, 2013 – They are dreaming in California if they think they have enough aggregates reserves. Despite several approved and extended rock mines in the last 10 years, Fresno County, Calif.'s current aggregate reserves are not expected to last very long, according to a recent report by the state Department of Conservation.

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Bauma is Just Around the Corner

bauma13_logo_2z_rgbMarch 4, 2013 – The mining sector is continuing to expand – and so, too, is the number of exhibitors in the mining section at bauma 2013 in Munich, Germany.

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Production Takes a Step Forward

usgsFebruary 28, 2013 – USGS just reported full-year 2012 production numbers, and aggregates production has taken a step forward. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2012 was 1.99 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of 2011's total of 1.93 Gt. An estimated 484 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2012, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2011.

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Award Winner

HolcimLogoFebruary 25, 2013 – Holcim (US) Inc. announced that its Ada plant, located in Ada, Okla., has been awarded the Outstanding Business Partner Award by East Central University, also in Ada. This award recognizes and highlights institutions who have cultivated partnerships within their communities.

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Creative Ideas for Generating Funds

roadsFebruary 20, 2013 – Finally some creative ideas are being floating to finance infrastructure investment. According to NSSGA, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.), has proposed a slow and steady increase in the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax rate by indexing it to the Consumer Price Index – or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Cost Construction Index – and issuing 20-year bonds to cover near-term spending needs.

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