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Industry Urges Congress to Tackle Worker Shortage

Construction employment slipped from July to August for the fourth time in five months. Year-over-year job gains and recently released spending data suggest the recent weakness is due to firms having a hard time finding workers rather than lack of demand, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said its recent survey that found two-thirds of contractors are having a hard time finding qualified craft workers underscores the need for measures to boost recruitment and training on new workers.

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MSHA Issues Water Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued the following statement with regard to water safety.

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U.S. Shipments Down, Canadian Up on Great Lakes

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,348,040 tons in July, a decrease of 18 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers Association. July’s loadings were also 14 percent below the month’s five-year average. 

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ConExpo-Con/Agg Announces 143 Educational Sessions

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 organizers announced the show will offer a record 143 educational sessions across 10 tracks. ConExpo-Con/Agg and the co-located IFPE exhibitions will be held March 7- 11, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, targeting the construction and construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries.

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Georgia Associations Advocate for Aggregates

The Georgia Construction Aggregate Association (GCAA) has spent the summer advocating for the industry and bringing lawmakers to local operations, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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