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Aggregates Production Surges Higher in Second Quarter

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), an estimated 592 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2014 was 961 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

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Construction Spending Inches Higher

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce reported that construction spending during July 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $981.3 billion, 1.8 percent (±1.6 percent) above the revised June estimate of $963.7 billion. The July figure is 8.2 percent (±2.3 percent) above the July 2013 estimate of $906.6 billion.

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Atlas Copco’s Water for All Initiative Celebrates 30 Years

Atlas Copco’s employee-run Water for All organization is celebrating 30 years of providing people in need with long-term access to safe, clean water and sanitation. Since the founding of Water for All in 1984, Atlas Copco and its employees have helped more than 1.5 million people gain access to clean drinking water.

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Stone Shipments Strong on St. Lawrence Seaway

Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels despite one of the most difficult starts to the shipping season in years due to ice coverage, according to The Chamber of Marine Commerce.

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