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MSHA Releases Mid-Year Mine Fatality Update

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration recently released a midyear summary of mining deaths in the country. As of June 30, eight miners were killed in coal mining operations, and six in the metal and nonmetal sector.

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SERA Aiming for Certification of Responsibly Sourced Construction Materials in Canada

Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregates (SERA) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that aims to create, administer and promote widespread support for certification of responsibly sourced construction materials, with an initial focus on responsibly sourced aggregates.

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PCA Issues Forecast for Sluggish Economy

Despite recovery momentum in late 2010, the U.S. economy is again in a slowdown, which will weaken construction activity and restrain gains in cement consumption until 2013, according to the most recent economic forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA).

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Housing Production Regains Some Strength in June

Nationwide housing starts rose 14.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000 units in June, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department. This was the best pace of housing production since the beginning of the year, and was attributable to significant gains registered in both the single-family and multifamily segments as well as every region of the country.

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Caterpillar Second Quarter Sales and Revenues up 37 Percent

With continuing improvement in demand around the world, Caterpillar Inc. reported second-quarter 2011 profit per share of $1.72 excluding $204 million of expense related to the acquisition of Bucyrus, a 58 percent improvement from $1.09 in the second quarter of 2010.

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