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Young Leaders Gather in The Big Easy

By Josephine Smith

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Young Leaders Annual Meeting took place May 14-18 in New Orleans. Rock Products Assistant Editor Josephine Smith was there.

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Lafarge: ‘Building Better Cities’ to Meet Demand of Urbanization

By Mark S. Kuhar

Lafarge North America launched its new brand positioning, Building Better Cities, representing its pledge to offer solutions that contribute to meeting the many challenges posed by the growing trend of urbanization. Lafarge’s new brand positioning opens a promising new niche for the company to be a more involved player in sustainable construction and resilient building for both commercial products and the everyday consumer.

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Earth Day: Use it, Don’t Lose It

By Mark S. Kuhar

Responding to nationwide ecological concerns, on April 22, 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held. More than 20 million people participated that year. Sen. Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. Sen. Nelson selected Denis Hayes, a Harvard University graduate student, as the national coordinator of activities.

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Remembering the Seneca Quarry

By Mark S. Kuhar

If you’ve ever seen the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is hard not to notice the beautiful red stones that were used to construct the building. The story of those stones is just as remarkable as that of the building they grace.

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Not Digging for Rocks This Time, Only Airplanes

By Mark S. Kuhar

Two excavators and a backhoe made by Staffordshire, England-based JCB are about to embark on a mission to help recover Spitfire warplanes designed by one of that county’s most famous sons and believed to be buried in Burma. The unassembled planes are thought to have been hidden in the ground by American engineers across three sites as World War II drew to a close.

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