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Aggregates Production Rose 7 Percent in Fourth Quarter

An estimated 540 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2014 was 2.17 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7 percent compared with that of 2013, reported USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

 

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Construction Equipment Exports Decline

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2-percent drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets.

 

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Keystone Pipeline Bill Vetoed

President Barack Obama vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

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