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Brian Ethridge is the Online Managing Editor for Better Roads and Aggregates Manager. In addition to managing the websites, he's in charge of the daily newsletter and social media accounts for both publications. You can contact him with suggestions, tips and/or opinions at: BrianEthridge@randallreilly.com

PB Materials acquires Damron Sand & Gravel

Nov 10, 2014

PB Materials acquires Damron Sand & Gravel

PB Materials Holdings, Inc. (PBM) has completed its acquisition of Damron Sand & Gravel (Damron).  Damron is a leading provider of sand & gravel to the Lubbock, TX and surrounding markets with a significant reserve position in the region. The acquisition will expand PBM's existing ...

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BMC acquires multiple assets from APAC-Missouri

Nov 07, 2014

BMC acquires multiple assets from APAC-Missouri

St. Louis based Breckenridge Material Company (BMC), has announced its parent company, BMC Enterprises, has completed the acquisition of four APAC-Missouri aggregate assets. The assets acquired from APAC include two operational limestone quarries, the Wright City Quarry and Defiance Quarry, as well as two additional ...

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Vulcan’s profit up 62 percent in Q3

Nov 07, 2014

Vulcan’s profit up 62 percent in Q3

Vulcan Materials reported a third-quarter profit of 62 percent thanks to continued growth in aggregates shipments and stronger average selling prices. Vulcan now expects its 2014 aggregates shipments to come in near the top end of its previous guidance for an increase 7 ...

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Quarry could become huge state attraction in N.C.

Nov 06, 2014

Quarry could become huge state attraction in N.C.

  For years people have called a 12-acre quarry in North Carolina, the “hidden gem of Winston-Salem.” Now there are hopes to unhide the quarry and potentially turn it into one of the biggest attractions in the state. It all started when one day ...

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Martin Marietta’s acquisition of Texas Industries pays off in Q3

Nov 06, 2014

Martin Marietta’s acquisition of Texas Industries pays off in Q3

Martin Marietta Materials benefited greatly in the third quarter of 2014 thanks to its acquisition of Texas Industries. The company reported a 53 percent growth in net sales. “Third-quarter 2014 results reflect the acquisition of TXI, the benefits of our larger ...

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Supervisor killed from explosion at sand and gravel plant

Nov 05, 2014

Supervisor killed from explosion at sand and gravel plant

  A production supervisor with 19 years of mining experience has been killed following a an explosion at Brewer Sand, a sand and gravel operation, owned and operated by Hanson Aggregates Southeast. Christopher Melton, age 41, was working with contract mechanics to replace an ...

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Touch-A-Truck event a huge hit with the kids

Nov 04, 2014

Touch-A-Truck event a huge hit with the kids

  Kids of all ages, and even a few adults, had a blast at the Touch-A-Truck event at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona earlier this month. The event was completely free, and allowed people to get their hands on commercial ...

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Construction spending down for second straight month

Nov 04, 2014

Construction spending down for second straight month

U.S. construction spending dropped for the second straight month in September, this time by .4 percent. In August construction spending dropped .5 percent. The September decline pushed construction spending down to $950.9 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. The good ...

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Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Nov 03, 2014

Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Construction projects in Minnesota are struggling to get done in a timely manner due to a cement shortage. CBS Minnesota reports the shortage is due to flooding from the spring, and some problems at cement plants down south. "We have a problem ...

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VIDEO: CAT’s autonomous mining tech the ‘wave of the future’

Nov 03, 2014

VIDEO: CAT’s autonomous mining tech the ‘wave of the future’

Though self-driving vehicles are big topic of dissuasion in the realm of consumer technology right now, the usefulness to industrial markets has been obvious for some time. While Google is working on a driverless car and Tesla is already implementing autopilot ...

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Terex Construction promotes Gary Dennis

Nov 03, 2014

Terex Construction promotes Gary Dennis

Gary Dennis, former general manager of Terex Fort Wayne, has been promoted to serve as vice president and general manager of Terex Construction Americas and Global Aftermarket. He has been with the company since 2012. Dennis will work with the company’s teams in ...

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MSHA reports five miners killed during Q3 2014

Oct 31, 2014

MSHA reports five miners killed during Q3 2014

During the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that five metal and nonmetal miners were killed in accidents at work. During the same period in 2013, four miners were killed at metal and ...

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