Burgex Mineralocity Aggregates Market Analysis Tool

The mining analysis team at Burgex has been hard at work over the past several years developing internal tools and systems for conducting complex market analysis studies of mineral commodities.  One of the top priorities for the team has been creating a national geographical information system for dynamically analyzing construction aggregate supply and demand trends. What began as a linear…

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Increase in MSHA Penalties

Jan. 14, 2022 – On Jan. 14, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule in the Federal Register that will increase Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) civil monetary penalties by 1.06222%. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires the department to adjust its civil monetary penalty levels for inflation annually no later than Jan. 15 of each year.…

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Smart Infrastructure

Jan. 13, 2022 – Very interesting article in Global Trade, which makes a case that instead of just investing in traditional infrastructure or simply rebuilding highways and bridges, “smart infrastructure,” or the technology designed to enable safer, more connected and efficient roads, needs to be at the forefront of the future of the transportation ecosystem. From improved traffic and pedestrian safety to…

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California Budget a Win for Transportation

Jan. 12, 2022 – Armed with a revenue surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a generous state budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, according to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA). The budget proposes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $15 billion for transportation. This is above the $40 billion-plus over five years coming to California from the recently…

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MBCC-Sika Deal

Jan. 11, 2022 – Our sister publication Concrete Products was the first in the construction-materials trade press to report on a very important merger, as the Swiss parent company of Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J., anticipates a second half closing on Master Builders Solutions owner, MBCC Group. The company is based in Mannheim, Germany, with its Americas headquarters in Cleveland. The companies apparently announced their…

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Minerals Auction Benefits Public Schools

Jan. 10, 2022 – Idaho Public Schools will benefit from competitive bidding after an Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) public auction held Jan. 6, generated $835,000 in premium bids on two sand and gravel leases located on public school endowment land south of Boise, according to Big Country News. The public auction took place at the IDL Southwest Supervisory Area Office in Boise. Five bidders registered to…

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California Dreaming

Jan. 7, 2022 – The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) said that State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim will step down on Jan. 14. Elissa Konove, a keynote speaker at the 2019 CalCIMA Education Conference, will be the acting secretary. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Mike Keever will be the new deputy director of Caltrans. Keever has served extensively in…

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Umpqua Sand & Gravel Opens Golf Course

Dec. 28, 2021 – Built on a sand-and-gravel mine alongside the South Umpqua River in Roseburg, Ore., the newest golf course from Pacific Northwest native Dan Hixson – Bar Run Gold and RV Resort – is now open for play. Back when Umpqua Sand & Gravel opened for business in the 1960s, the objective was to mine the leftover land’s “river bar” layer for round…

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