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Bored with Wallboard

lafargenaJuly 1, 2013 – In keeping with its previously announced strategy to focus on its core businesses: cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, Lafarge announces the sale of its subsidiary's North American Gypsum assets at an enterprise value of $700 million to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.

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Nonfuel Minerals Mining Stays Level

usgsJune 25, 2013 – According to USGS, total domestic mining and waste removal for nonfuel mineral materials production amounted to 5.04 billion metric tons (gt) in 2011, about the same level as the revised figure for 2010. These materials included about 3.75 gt of crude ore mined or quarried and 1.29 gt of mine ore and waste from development operations. Of the nonfuel mineral materials (ore and waste) removed, 49 percent was for the production of industrial minerals, and 51 percent was for the production of metals.

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Cement Production up in First Quarter

usgsJune 18, 2013 – It's a case of down, but up. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for March 2013 were about 5.8 million metric tons (Mt), according to USGS. This was nearly 3 percent less than shipments in March 2012.

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EPA, Transportation Confirmations in Holding Pattern

nssgaJune 10, 2013 – According to NSSGA, it does not appear that the nominations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be moving anytime soon – but for different reasons. McCarthy’s nomination has caused quite a bit of heartburn for many in the Senate’s GOP from the onset.

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Frac Sand Insider 2013

fsiconfJune 7, 2013 – I am blogging live this week from Pittsburgh, where Rock Products is hosting the first-ever Frac Sand Insider Conference and Exhibition.

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