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ConExpo-Con/Agg Kicks Off This Week

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 kicks off this morning in Las Vegas, and will feature new equipment, technology and product breakthroughs for the construction and aggregates industries. The show already covers a record-breaking 2.3 million net sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and IFPE 2014 has achieved record status with 165,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space.

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James Named Recipient of 2014 Wendt Award

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) named Donald M. James, chairman and chief executive officer, Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala., and a former chairman of NSSGA, as the recipient of the 17th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community.

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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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