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Tri-Valley Sells Quarry in Alaska

California-based Tri-Valley Corp. said that it agreed to sell its Admiral Calder calcium carbonate quarry on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska to Columbia River Carbonates for a total purchase price of $2.5 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Lafarge Sells Asphalt Plant to M. Luis Construction Co.

M. Luis Construction Co. acquired an asphalt facility in Rockville, Md., from Lafarge North America Inc. and it plans to hire up to 100 employees in the next six months. M. Luis, which did not disclose financial terms of the deal, is a women- and minority-owned construction and paving company. Its new acquisition at 14811 Southlawn Lane can produce up to 300 tons of asphalt per hour and about 250,000 tpy. M. Luis plans to invest about $5 million in the plant this year.

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MSHA releases online compliance tool

MSHA, along with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, announced the release of a comprehensive compilation of education and training tools for the aggregates industry. "Safety Pro in a Box" is an online repository of compliance assistance materials aimed at mine operators new to the industry, especially small mine operators.

"This resource was designed to provide meaningful assistance to new operators who may be unfamiliar with the safety and health requirements that apply to their operations," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "Since small mine operators often don't have safety departments like those at larger operations, this information can provide them with the necessary training tools to ensure compliance with MSHA safety and health standards.

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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 will be the global construction-industry gathering place in 2011. The show will be held March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, with a focus on construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control.

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Construction employment dips in December

Employment in construction declined by 16,000 during the month of December 2010 as the industry's unemployment rate hit 20.7 percent, according to analysis of federal employment figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Even as the industry continues to suffer from weak private sector demand the benefits of the temporary stimulus program appear to be winding down, association officials noted.

"At this point, it doesn't look like there's anything to replace the temporary help that the stimulus has been providing for the construction industry," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "These figures offer yet another reminder that the construction industry remains, and is likely to remain, the hardest-hit industry in the economy."

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