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A Little First Quarter Perspective

The publicly traded aggregates companies released their first-quarter reports, and several items beg for a little perspective.

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Technology in Unlikely Places

Make no mistake, the world is getting more technologically advanced. Whether it is your tablet, phone, apps or the internet of things; or whether it is plant automation, machine telematics or fleet management, the path to greater profitability and better productivity is technology.

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Trump’s Infrastructure Alchemy

With appropriate fanfare, President Donald Trump released his long-awaited infrastructure plan. Except it wasn’t much of a plan, per se, it was more of an outline of principles, which frankly were mostly quite agreeable.

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Two Pieces of Good News – While Your Are Waiting

I was in Houston last month for the AGG1 show. Trade shows are great to re-connect with old friends – producers as well as manufacturers – and meet new ones; see the latest equipment and technology; and take the pulse of the industry.

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It’s Time to Raise the Gas Tax

Industry organizations have been quietly advocating for an increase in the gasoline sales tax – aka user fees – for a long time. After all, it has not been raised since 1993. The Highway Trust Fund is clearly ailing.

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