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Construction Equipment Exports Decrease

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment dropped 25 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year for a total $20 billion shipped to global markets, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Dept. data it uses in trend reports for members. All world regions recorded declines.

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Boy Scouts Launch Mining In Society Merit Badge

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have launched a the Mining in Society merit badge, the latest in a series of merit badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME), which was instrumental in the development of the Mining in Society merit badge, held a  number of special launch events at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Feb. 23-26.

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Holcim Reports Income, Profit Increases

Holcim’s annual results for 2013 show that net income increased sharply by 59 percent to CHF 1.6 billion (€1.3 billion); operating profit was up by a third to CHF 2.36 billion and while net sales were down 6.8 percent this represented a slight increase on like-for-like basis.

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Obama Lays Out Vision for Transportation

President Obama, on Feb. 26, spoke at the Union Depot train station in St. Paul, Minn., where he outlined his vision for investing in America’s infrastructure with a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal.

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ARTBA Has Message for ConExpo-Con/Agg Attendees

With federal highway and bridge funding to the states in jeopardy later this year, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is using the March 4-8 ConExpo-Con/Agg trade show in Las Vegas — one of the largest gatherings of U.S. transportation design and construction professionals in the world — to tell members of Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

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