Quarry Lockout Continues in Canada

Workers at Texada Quarrying on Texada Island in British Columbia, Canada, have been locked out since the middle of October, reported the Powell River Peak. Bargaining between LafargeHolcim and United Steelworkers Local 816 has fallen through over wording around seniority rights, despite an offer to improve benefits and wages from the company.

Read more: Quarry Lockout Continues in Canada

Nonmetallic Mineral Products Index Increases in December

The nonmetallic mineral products industry leading index increased to 255.6 in December from a downwardly revised 253.6 in November. Its six-month smoothed growth rate increased to 3.7 percent in December from a downwardly revised 2.2 percent in November, according to the U.S Geological Survey.

Read more: Nonmetallic Mineral Products Index Increases in December

Stockpile Reports Gathers Insights From Measurement Data

Stockpile Reports Inc., an inventory management system for stockpiled materials, announced its 2016 year-end report highlighting several data-driven trends and near-term predictions. Insights were extracted from the measurement of $44 billion dollars worth of stockpiled materials by customers in 24 countries capturing more than seven million images from drones, airplanes and iPhones.

Read more: Stockpile Reports Gathers Insights From Measurement Data

Eagle's Concrete and Aggregates Revenues Climb Higher

Eagle Materials Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company is reporting:

Read more: Eagle's Concrete and Aggregates Revenues Climb Higher

Construction Starts in 2016 Advance Only 1 Percent

For all of 2016, total construction starts advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a considerably smaller gain than the 11 percent increase reported for 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile manufacturing plant and electric utility/gas plant categories are excluded, total construction starts in 2016 would be up 4 percent, depicting a more gradual deceleration relative to the corresponding 9 percent increase in 2015.

Read more: Construction Starts in 2016 Advance Only 1 Percent