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Nonmetallic Mineral Products Index Stays Strong

The nonmetallic mineral products industry-leading index increased 0.1 percent to 253.3 in December from a revised 253.0 in November; however, its 6-month smoothed growth rate decreased to 7.5 percent from a revised 8.1 percent in November, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Commentary: The Aggregates Industry In 2016

John Vyskocil, vice president of business development at Aligned Equity Partners and Turn-Key Processing Solutions, offers this take on the aggregates industry in 2016:

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2015 New-Home Sales Reach Eight-Year High

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 14.5 percent to 501,000 units in 2015, the highest level since 2007, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, sales in December increased 10.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 from an upwardly revised November reading.

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FAST Act Analysis Confirms Gains for Aggregate Demand

In an analysis commissioned by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), potential increases in aggregates production are suggested through the five years of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

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