Rock Products Logo

Mark West Quarry to Go 100 Percent Solar

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BoDean Co.’s Mark West Quarry will make history on May 11 when they “flip the switch” and become the first quarry in the world to be 100 percent reliant on solar power.

Read more: Mark West Quarry to Go 100 Percent Solar

Astec Industries Grows 19 Percent in First Quarter

Astec Industries has released its first quarter 2011 report. Revenues for the first quarter of 2011 were $230.2 million compared with $193.5 million for the first quarter of 2010, a 19 percent increase. Domestic sales grew 13.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010 and international sales grew 29.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010.

Read more: Astec Industries Grows 19 Percent in First Quarter

Economist Says Recovery Process Slow For Construction Industry

While the economic recession is over and economic growth is strengthening, the construction recession may not run its course for another 18 months, hindering an improvement in cement consumption for the next two years according to the most recent economic forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA).

Read more: Economist Says Recovery Process Slow For Construction Industry

March Construction Starts Stay Even With Prior Month

New construction starts in March came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $404.9 billion, essentially the same pace as February, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. While total construction was unchanged from the prior month, this steady pattern came as the result of divergent behavior by construction’s three main sectors.

Read more: March Construction Starts Stay Even With Prior Month

Construction Employment Increases in 138 Out of 337 Metro Areas

Construction employment increased in 138 out of 337 metropolitan areas between March 2010 and March 2011, decreased in 153 and stayed level in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. But association officials said that the industry’s five-year employment slump is far from over, and could worsen as public construction winds down.

Read more: Construction Employment Increases in 138 Out of 337 Metro Areas