Rock Products - The Leading Voice of the Aggregate Industries.

Grow America Act Unveiled

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the administration’s Grow America Act , a  $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization. NSSGA Chairman Paul I. Detwiler III, president and CEO, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., said, “We welcome the administration’s involvement in the reauthorization debate through introduction of a multi-year reauthorization bill. It is essential that Congress act now to address the funding crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund and then move to pass a multi-year reauthorization bill before expiration of the current law on Sept. 30.”

Read more: Grow America Act Unveiled

Martin Marietta Aggregates Volume Up in First Quarter

martin marietta materialsMartin Marietta Materials Inc. reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Net sales increased 10 percent, resulting in gross margin expansion and improved profitability, according to the company. Aggregates product line volume was up 8 percent.

Read more: Martin Marietta Aggregates Volume Up in First Quarter

Housing, Economy to Continue Upward Path

A growing economy, pent-up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory through 2015. However, several obstacles including tight consumer credit, shortages of lots and labor and rising materials prices are hindering a more robust recovery, according to economists who participated in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar.

Read more: Housing, Economy to Continue Upward Path

ATF Hosts RAM Surface Blasting Course

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently hosted R. A. McClure Inc.’s (RAM Inc.) premier Surface Blasting Course at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) at the Redstone Arsenal, located in Huntsville, Ala. It was the first such technical course held at the new center by an independent blasting educational company.

Read more: ATF Hosts RAM Surface Blasting Course