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NSSGA Notes Earth Day

earth dayToday marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual occasion on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

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Construction Jumps Forward in March

New construction starts in March advanced 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $521.4 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

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Nye Elected Chairman of the Board of Martin Marietta

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. announced that the longtime chairman of the company's board of directors, Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., will retire from his role as chairman effective May 22, 2014, following the company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. Zelnak will continue to serve as a director on the Martin Marietta Board.

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Lafarge Operations Honored for Technology Solutions

Lafarge North America won two Innovation awards from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The Paulding Cement Plant, in Paulding, Ohio, won PCA's 2014 Cement Industry Energy & Environment Award for Innovation, while the Cave in Rock Quarry, located in Cave in Rock, Ill., won PCA’s 2014 Safety Innovation Award.

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Carmeuse Lime & Stone Expands into Colombia

On March 21st, Carmeuse Lime & Stone closed on its acquisition of a majority interest in Procecal S.A.S., a lime company headquartered in Medellin, Colombia. Procecal will be constructing a vertical 300 tpd lime kiln and hydrator. The existing stockholders of Procecal will retain a significant interest in the company and remain active in its management.

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