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Cat Rolls Out 988K XE Electric Drive Loader

Caterpillar rolled out its new 988K XE loader at a special media event in Peoria, Ill. The new loader was also previewed at Tower Rock Stone in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., at an event attended by Rock Products Editor Mark Kuhar. The electric drive loader delivers 25 percent greater overall efficiency and up to 10 percent more productivity in load-and-carry applications than the 988K loader.

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Construction Starts: Three Consecutive Quarters of Positive Growth

ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, released its Q4 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report. The Winter 2017-18 starts forecast includes year-over-year estimates for 2017 that have become more upbeat than a quarter ago. Groundbreakings on several mega-projects late this year have provided exceptional lift to the industrial and engineering type-of-structure categories.

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Voters Approve Transportation Investment Ballot Measures

Voters in 20 states approved more than 80 percent of 215 transportation investment ballot measures Nov. 7, mostly at the local level, according to analysis conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC).

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Cemex USA’s Lytle Creek Quarry Earns Top Safety Award

Cemex USA announced that Lytle Creek Quarry near Rialto, Calif., received the 2017 California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) Excellence in Safety Award in the Large Aggregates category for its attention to safety.

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Massachusetts Producer to Reduce Emissions Under Settlement with EPA

In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kimball Sand Co., a sand and gravel company operating in the Massachusetts communities of Blackstone and Northborough, agreed to reduce its emissions of hazardous air pollutants and visible emissions as required by federal clean air laws.

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