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Midterm Madness

The Midterm Elections are over and as the pundits were saying right up until the last votes were counted, we are looking at a divided government. The initial reaction from many is that this is going to result in a bad case of gridlock. Maybe so, but oddly enough, I have read the words of some people who think the glass is in fact half full.

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Optimism Versus Pessimism

At the recent Intercem Americas conference in Miami, Colin Sutherland, president of SC Market Analytics, talked about infrastructure market dynamics that will impact the construction economy. He provided an optimistic versus pessimistic forecast. Here are some of his conclusions:

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If You Will Permit Me

Every year when we do our Benchmark Survey of aggregates producers, permitting is one of the issues that concerns survey recipients, and with good reason. There are some companies that have complained that it takes 10 to 20 years to get a permit to open a greenfield operation, a plant expansion or even to get an adjacent ready mix or asphalt plant installed.

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Here’s Dave

In this issue, we feature an exclusive op-ed written by David G. Zatezalo, assistant secretary mine safety and health. As the head of MSHA, he has the important job of overseeing that agency’s enforcement efforts and industry outreach.

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Welcome Back, Aggregates Almanac

This is our second annual Aggregates Almanac issue. I may be biased here, but I maintain that this is the most valuable single issue of any magazine published for the aggregates industry in a given year.

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