Into the Great Wide Open

Oct. 14, 2021 – Danny Gavin, from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, writes in a provocative new article that Americans are moving to rural areas in ever-increasing numbers, reflecting their increased desire to seek out more space, embrace entrepreneurial opportunities and take advantage of a lower cost of living. And whether their move is made to start a farm or a business, the…

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Mines Part of Antitrust Case

Oct. 7, 2021 – According to sister publication Concrete Products, the Justice Department Antitrust Division calls for General Shale Brick and Meridian Brick LLC to divest three plants, 14 showrooms and distribution yards, plus six mines in a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit challenging the producers’ merger. The agency filed the settlement and suit-triggering complaint in the U.S. District Court for…

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Martin Marietta Completes Acquisition

Oct. 4, 2021 – Martin Marietta Materials Inc. successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of Lehigh Hanson Inc.’s West Region business for $2.3 billion in cash. Consistent with the company’s Strategic Operating Analysis and Review (SOAR) 2025 Plan, the acquisition provides the company with 17 active aggregates facilities, two cement plants and related distribution terminals, and targeted downstream operations serving key…

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Chamber Press Call Gets Heated

Sept. 30, 2021 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Trucking Associations, and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) hosted a press call to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill being held up in Congress, why it deserves a stand-alone vote and how it will benefit workers, businesses, and communities across the country. Michael Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO was a…

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Important Infrastructure Update

Sept. 29, 2021 – Despite what you might be reading in the national news media, the infrastructure bill winding its way through Congress is not dead in the water and being held hostage by both far-left and far-right detractors on either side of the aisle. Information filtering out of Washington this morning indicates that the bill will come to the floor…

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The Battle Goes On

Sept. 28, 2021 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s legislative team, in a morning panel discussion at its Legislative & Policy Forum, emphasized that the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package before Congress is more than 80% devoted to traditional infrastructure, contrary to the talking points of many Republican legislators. In an ironic twist, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) spoke to the group right…

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NSSGA Takes on D.C.

Sept. 27, 2021 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) kicked off its Legislative and Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., with a Keynote Address from Anna Palmer, a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about congressional leadership, the lobbying industry, presidential campaigns, and the politics of governing for more than 15 years. She is the co-founder and CEO of…

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Proposed MSHA Rule

Sept. 8, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines. Under this proposal, mines would have flexibility…

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