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USGS: Construction Materials Production Spikes

The combined production of most construction materials (cement, construction sand and gravel, and crushed stone) in the second quarter of 2016 increased by 45 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2016, whereas production of gypsum increased only slightly, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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DOT Awards $800 Million For Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 18 transportation projects in 15 states have been awarded federal grants through the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Advancement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program.

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Irving Materials Takes Part in Road Awareness Event

The Irving Materials Group of Companies (IMI) took part in the Road Construction Awareness Ride in Indianapolis. The ride was organized by Indianapolis-based Rieth-Riely construction to raise awareness of workers in cone zones.

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IronDirect Debuts Online Buying Platform for Heavy Equipment

At a special media event in Asheville, N.C., attended by Rock Products, IronDirect unveiled its brand and business model to the aggregates, mining and construction industries. IronDirect is “a first-of-its-kind platform for buyers of heavy construction equipment and parts,” according to the company, and can “reduce equipment costs by up to 50 percent.”

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Eagle Materials Acquires Ohio Cement Plant, Other Assets

Eagle Materials Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with a subsidiary of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., to purchase Cemex's Fairborn, Ohio, cement plant, as well as related assets, which include a distribution terminal in Columbus, Ohio, and a cement bagging operation. The cement plant has the capacity to grind nearly one million tons of clinker annually.

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