Vulcan Materials Touts Aggregates Shipments, Price Improvements

Vulcan Materials Co. announced results for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company's fourth quarter results reflect solid price growth in aggregates and higher gross profits in the company's Asphalt and Concrete segments, partially offsetting the earnings effect from a 3.5 percent decline in aggregates shipments.

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Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 3.9 percent in January to 142.6 (2000=100) from its revised December reading of 137.3. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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NSSGA Announces Community Relations Excellence Awards

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the Gold Award winners of the Community Relations Excellence Awards.

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Mucha to Receive James M. Christie Award

Randall J. “Randy” Mucha, corporate director of health and safety for Lehigh Hanson, will receive the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy practices within his or her company and the industry.

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MDU Resources Construction Materials Business Reports Record Earnings

MDU Resources Group Inc. reported 2016 earnings from continuing operations of $232.4 million, or $1.19 per share, compared to 2015 earnings from continuing operations of $175.7 million, or 90 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of 2016, earnings from continuing operations were $66.3 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $55.7 million, or 29 cents per share, in 2015.

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