A Rescue for the Highway Trust Fund

August 3, 2021 – The Highway Trust Fund was just thrown a lifeline. A $118 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund from the Treasury’s general fund was slipped into the ever-evolving infrastructure bill text at the last minute. I could have predicted there would be something in the bill at some point, given lawmakers’ inability to agree on user-fee…

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Martin Marietta Looks Forward

July 29, 2021 – Martin Marietta released its second-quarter report, and it features record consolidated revenues, even with inclement weather hampering operations in Texas and Colorado. The company remains confident that favorable pricing dynamics will continue, supported by the company’s locally-driven pricing strategy. Additionally, the company anticipates single-family housing growth, expanded infrastructure investment and notable heavy industrial projects of scale will…

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Vulcan Materials Hosts Event for Bourdeaux

July 29, 2021 – According to the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association, Vulcan Materials hosted a roundtable luncheon and fundraiser for Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.) at the 1818 Club in Duluth, Ga., on July 16. Jimmy Fleming, Vulcan Materials, kicked off the event by welcoming those companies who contributed to the event, including NSSGA ROCK PAC, and then gave an overview of Bourdeaux and…

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Senators Reportedly Reach Infrastructure Deal

July 28, 2021 – According to The Hill, key Senators say they have reached a deal on the “major issues” in their bipartisan infrastructure talks, and expect to start debate as soon as Wednesday. “We now have an agreement on the major issues. We are prepared to move forward,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who led the negotiations for the Republicans. Speaking to…

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O&G Hosts Students at Quarry

July 27, 2021 – O&G Industries recently hosted high school students from Meriden Public Schools at its Southbury Quarry in Southbury, Conn. The onsite visit and tour, which included students from Maloney High School and Platt High School, is a part of the Meriden Public School’s career outreach program. Fifty students visited the quarry over a two-day span to learn about…

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Concrete News

July 21, 2021 – According to the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the estimated ready mixed concrete produced in April 2021 is 35.6 million cu. yd., 20% higher than that in April 2020. The estimated production in the U.S. through April is 114.3 million cu. yd., approximately 6.8% higher than that during the same period in 2020. NRMCA joined a…

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Aggregates Facts

July 20, 2021 – Did you know that 38,000 tons of aggregate go into each lane mile of interstate highway? Construction of the average home requires 400 tons of aggregate, while the average size school or hospital requires 15,000 tons. Every state and roughly three-quarters of the nation’s counties are home to an aggregate operation, producing nearly 2.4 billion tons…

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Companies Call for Net-Zero Investment

July 16, 2021 – Forty-one leading companies, including Holcim, called on Congress to prioritize investments that can accelerate the transition to a resilient net-zero economy in any infrastructure legislation. The companies, in a joint statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), cited the physical and economic risks posed by climate change, which have already begun to critically…

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Here Come Autonomous Excavators

July 13, 2021 – Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Baidu Research Robotics and Auto-Driving Lab (RAL) have introduced an autonomous excavator system (AES), one of the first uncrewed projects to be deployed in real-world scenarios and continuously operating for more than 24 hours. According to Baidu, the AES can perform material loading tasks for a long duration without any human…

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