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Graymont; Grupo Calidra Move Forward with Lime Acquisition

Graymont and Grupo Calidra announced that they are moving forward with the previously announced acquisition of the global lime and limestone business of the Belgium-based Sibelco group.

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Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts Show Varied Pattern

During the first half of 2019, six of the top 10 U.S. metropolitan markets for commercial and multifamily construction starts ranked by dollar volume registered greater activity compared to a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. 

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MSHA Reports Electrical Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Aug. 7, a plant electrician with 15 years of mining experience was electrocuted when he contacted an energized connection of a 4,160 VAC electrical circuit. The victim was in the plant’s Motor Control Center (MCC) adjusting the linkage between the disconnect lever and the internal components of the panel supplying power to the plant feed belt motors.

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Single-Family Starts Continue Modest Improvement in July

Due to a decline in multifamily production, total housing starts fell 4% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units from a downwardly revised reading in June, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.

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New Hours of Service Rules Proposed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued its long-awaited notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) to replace the current Hours-of-Service (HOS) standards that regulate when a heavy-duty truck can be in operation. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register Aug. 14 and will be available for public comment for the next 45 days.

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