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June Construction Starts Jump 11 Percent

New construction starts in June climbed 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $896.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The increase marked the second double-digit gain in a row, following the 15 percent hike that was reported for May. Highway and bridge construction was up 25 percent.

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USGS Reports On Select Mineral Commodities

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – reporting to the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (FRS), for use in preparing its index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and utilization rates – counts manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities among the key economic indicators monitored by the FRS for guidance in determining national monetary policy.

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Missouri Quarries Launch Target Zero Safety Program

Missouri Limestone Producers Association (MLPA) members Capital Quarries and Capital Materials, divisions of Farmer Holding Co. (FHC), recently launched a new safety program, Target Zero, at their sites across Missouri. The program focuses on preventing complacency and reminds employees they have choices to make when ensuring their own and other employees safety. 

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Shuster Offers Legislative Proposal for Infrastructure Spending

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) released the text of his legislative proposal to increase the quality and stability of U.S. surface transportation and water infrastructure.

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MDU Resources Acquires Oregon Producer

MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced it has acquired the operations of Molalla Redi-Mix and Rock Products Inc., which produces ready-mix concrete in Molalla, Ore., south of Portland.  

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