Athabasca Acquires Two Aggregates Operations

Athabasca Minerals Inc. purchased two gravel operations located in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, Canada. The gravel pits include KM248 and Cowpar gravel properties and were acquired for a purchase price of CA$600,000.

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New Construction Starts in November Slip 6 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $638.3 billion, new construction starts in November retreated 6 percent from October, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Each of the three major construction sectors experienced reduced activity in November.

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CalPortland Hosts Rep. Martha McSally on Plant Tour

CalPortland hosted Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who visited a cement plant and the Twin Peaks aggregate plant in Rillito, Ariz., on Nov. 28.

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New Construction Starts in 2017 Predicted to Increase 5 Percent

Dodge Data & Analytics released its 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2017 will advance 5 percent to $713 billion, following gains of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent in 2016.

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Construction Jobs Increase on Growing Residential, Public Works Demand

Thirty-four states added construction jobs between November 2015 and November 2016 while construction employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia during the past month, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said even as firms in many starts are adding jobs amid growing residential and public sector construction investments, the number of states adding construction jobs for the year has declined compared to a year ago.

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