Wake Stone Makes Its Point

Jan. 19, 2022 – Wake Stone Corp. CEO Samuel T. Bratton penned an opinion piece for the Raleigh, N.C.-based News & Observer that talks about the importance of the company’s Triangle Quarry expansion, which was granted by RDU Airport Authority. His piece comes after the Umstead Coalition’s Natalie Lew – who opposes the quarry expansion – wrote a Jan. 11 op-ed that…

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Mergers Up North

Jan. 19, 2022 – Mergers and acquisitions are also a hot topic in Canada, according to an article in the Journal of Commerce. The British Columbia Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (BCSSGA) is concerned that small family-owned gravel pits are being replaced by larger out-of-town mega-aggregate operations that result in longer commute times for trucks and cause more harm to the environment…

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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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