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MSHA To Start Using Pre-Assessment Conferencing Procedures

MSHA will begin implementing pre-assessment conferencing procedures in January 2012 to help reduce any backlog of future violations before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

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Deere's Construction and Forestry Sales Up 45 Percent in 2011

Deere & Co. net income was $669.6 million, or $1.62 per share, for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with $457.2 million, or $1.07 per share, for the same period last year.

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October Construction Jumps 12 Percent

The value of new construction starts advanced 12 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $469.8 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Much of the upward push came from nonresidential building, which was lifted by the start of a massive manufacturing project as well as by broader strengthening across several structure types.

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Sandvik and Flanders Create Partnership

Sandvik Mining and Construction and Flanders have entered a formal partnership to automate surface-mining drill rigs and provide autonomous operation. With this new partnership, the two suppliers will collaborate closely to offer customers the most effective and efficient drilling systems in the industry.

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Lafarge North America Inc. Agrees to Pay $740,000 EPA Penalty

Lafarge North America Inc. and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. The violations include unpermitted discharges of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, and New York, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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