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Obama Demands Highway Bill

During a bus trip around the Midwest, President Obama urged Michigan factory workers to “tell Congress to get past their differences and send me a road construction bill,” along with pending free trade deals and other measures to help spur the economy and create jobs.

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Housing Starts Down Slightly in July

Nationwide housing starts edged down 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000 units in July, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The slight decline comes on the heels of significant gains in housing production in June, and was attributable to a moderate drop-off on the single-family side while production of multifamily units continued upward.

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Cemex Asset Swap Helps TXI Expand Aggregates Presence in Central Texas

TXI announced that its subsidiary has entered into an asset swap with Cemex USA, in which TXI will acquire the ready mix and aggregate operations of Cemex that serve the Austin, Texas, metropolitan market. The transaction was finalized July 29 and includes one aggregate and three ready mixed concrete plants.

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Aggregate Industries Reopens Swampscott Quarry

Aggregate Industries US, a Holcim Group Company, (www.aggregate-us.com) on August 17 reopened its Swampscott quarry located in Swampscott and Salem, Mass. “We are very happy to be reopening the quarry,” said Graham Hardwick, senior vice president, Aggregate Industries Northeast.

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Robert McClure Receives ISEE’s Prestigious President’s Award

Robert McClure, president of Robert A. McClure Inc. (RAM), Powell, Ohio, recently received the International Society of Explosives Engineers’ President’s Award, presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique in San Diego.

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