Who’s Number One?

With the announcement that Martin Marietta Materials Inc. and Texas Industries Inc. unanimously approved a merger agreement came the assertion that “Martin Marietta will become the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, supplying the crushed stone, sand and gravel used to build the roads, sidewalks and foundations on which Americans live.”

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ConExpo-Con/Agg: It’s Showtime

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 kicks off March 4 in Las Vegas. This particular issue of Rock Products will not only be distributed at the event, it will land on our reader’s desks several weeks in advance of the show. This will give aggregates industry professionals ample opportunity to peruse our extensive ConExpo-Con/Agg editorial section spotlighting many of the key companies and hot…

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Looking into the Crystal Ball

As 2013 winds down, experts are starting to get a better idea of how 2014 is going to look. McGraw Hill Construction, part of McGraw Hill Financial, just released its 2014 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2014 will rise 9 percent to $555.3 billion,…

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Let’s Look to the Middle Road

On August 5, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that argued against the merits of public investment in infrastructure. Government “investment” in infrastructure is often wasteful and tends to support decaying or stagnant technologies, according to the article.

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Feather in Our Cap

This may come as a surprise to you, but . . . ConExpo-Con/Agg is right around the corner! It seems like just yesterday we were walking 25 miles a day all over the Las Vegas Convention Center, but in March 2014, we will be doing it all again. In this issue, we begin our first “ConExpo-Con/Agg Countdown” column, which will…

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How Much Do You Pay in Gas Taxes?

Approximately 80 percent of Americans say having safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is at least, if not more, important to our personal livelihood and well-being than good cable, cell phone, internet, water, sewage, and household electricity and natural gas services. Not surprisingly, given the importance Americans place on transportation assets, 74 percent of us agree that “investing in transportation…

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