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Knife River Marks Safety Milestone

Knife River Corp. employees continued their strong safety commitment, marking another year of reduced injury and illness rates. In the past 11 years, Knife River has reduced its injury and illness rates by 83 percent.

In 2010, Knife River’s overall recordable-incident rate was 2.19, down 19 percent from 2009 and 50 percent lower than the national industry average. The lost-time-accident rate for 2010 was 0.41, which is 14 percent lower than 2009 and 75 percent below industry average.

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Vulcan Materials Receives International Habitat Conservation Award

Employees at Vulcan Materials Co.’s Stafford Quarry received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 22nd Annual Symposium, The Business of Biodiversity. Vulcan demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and increasing native biodiversity by achieving Wildlife at Work recertification at the Stafford Quarry.

“The Wildlife Habitat Council believes that collaboration among all stakeholder groups is critical to addressing the complex issues facing the sustainability of the planet,” said Robert Johnson, WHC president. “WHC members take a leading role in connecting community stakeholders through wildlife habitat enhancement, community outreach and conservation education. Congratulations to Vulcan for their commitment to a healthy natural world and connected communities.”

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Browning Wins James M. Christie Award

For leadership in helping to dramatically reduce injuries among aggregates workers, Terry Browning, safety and health manager for Vulcan Materials Co.’s Midwest region, Naperville, Ill., has been named NSSGA’s 2010 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional by a panel of NSSGA members.

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Holcim Acquires Balance of Lattimore

Holcim (US) Inc. announced that Holcim Participations (US), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire the remaining interest in Lattimore Materials Co., a Texas-based aggregates and ready-mix concrete producer.

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USGS Releases 2010 Production Estimates

According to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for USGS, in 2010, estimated aggregates production totaled 1.910 billion metric tons. That is slightly less than the estimated 1.950 billion metric tons produced in 2009. The information was just released as part of the agency’s 2011 Mineral Commodity Surveys.

Crushed stone valued at $11 billion was produced by 1,600 companies operating 4,000 quarries, 91 underground mines, and 195 sales/distribution yards in 50 States. Estimated production for 2010 was 1.150 billion metric tons.

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