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Production Volume Dips in Second Quarter

According to to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) quarterly sample survey of aggregates producers, lower stone production characterized the second quarter of the year when compared to last year.

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Construction Industry Facing Labor Shortages

Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called for immigration and education reform measures to help avoid worker shortages.

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Asphalt Demand to Approach 28 Million Tons in 2017

U.S. demand for asphalt is forecast to increase 3.7 percent annually to 27.9 million tons in 2017, according to a new report by the Cleveland-based Freedonia Group. This is equivalent to 154 million barrels of primary asphalt, the vast majority of which is refined petroleum asphalt.  

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Improving Markets Report Hits New High

A total of 291 metropolitan areas across the country now qualify as improving housing markets, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for September. This reflects a gain of 44 markets from August and marks the index’s highest level since it was initiated two years ago.

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Limestone Cited as Benefit to Green Concrete

Adding limestone powder to “green” concrete mixtures – those containing substantial amounts of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants – can significantly improve performance, according to researchers from the national Institute for Standards and technology (NIST) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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