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July Construction Rises; Highways Down

New construction starts in July climbed 6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. Nonresidential building continued to advance, supported by yet another robust month for manufacturing plant projects as well as improvement for commercial building.

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Oldcastle Parent Notes U.S. Rebound

Irish building materials group CRH plc, which owns Oldcastle in the United States, said its earnings increased 27 percent to 505 million euros in the first six months of the year.

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Lafarge Participates in River Cleanup

Lafarge North AmericaLafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, Ill., near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry. The effort was part of its national commitment to the organization. Earlier this summer, Living Lands and Waters also received a $20,000 donation on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees.

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Highbank Building Barge Load-Out

Highbank Resources Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has finalized a contract with Foresight Innovations Ltd. of Victoria, B.C., to drive the pilings and complete the infrastructure for the company's barge load-out facility at Swamp Point North. Work is expected to commence at the site this month with completion anticipated in 2-3 weeks.

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