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March Construction Starts Advance 11 Percent

New construction starts in March increased 11 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $785.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The substantial gain followed modest declines in January (down 2 percent) and February (down 3 percent), and brings the pace of total construction starts to the highest level over the past six months. 

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Cemex Earns Six Arizona Rock Products Association Safety Awards

Cemex in Arizona recently received six 2017 Safety Awards from the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) in recognition of safety practices at ready-mixed and aggregates operations across the state, including recognition for David Carter, Cemex's safety manager for Country Arizona, as 2017 ARPA Safety Professional of the Year. 

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Truck Driver Killed at Texas Operation

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on April 12, a 60-year-old customer truck driver was killed at Rye Dredge and Plant, Liberty County, Texas, when he fell from, and was run over by, his truck while scanning into the operator’s check-in system. The victim was found underneath the belly dump of the semi-trailer, and the truck was still in gear.

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Vulcan Sells Ready-Mixed Plants to Thomas Concrete

Vulcan Materials Co. sold eight operational ready-mixed concrete plants, and 13 that are currently idle or in standby mode, to Thomas Concrete Group. The plants are located in Georgia. 

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Granite Construction Acquires LiquiForce

Granite Construction Inc. has acquired LiquiForce, a privately-owned company which serves public and private sector water and wastewater customers in both Canada and the United States.

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