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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

More sand coming to Carlsbad beaches

Jan 22, 2015

More sand coming to Carlsbad beaches

A dredging project will supposedly bring more sand to Carlsbad beaches, according to a report by UT San Diego. The project started this month at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The owners of the Encina Power Station dredge the lagoon’s outer basin every few ...

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Responses to Obama’s State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Responses to Obama’s State of the Union address

President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan” during his Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night which has led to reaction from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), as well as Building America’s ...

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Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

Jan 21, 2015

Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan.” However, Obama never mentioned the possibility of raising the federal gas tax. “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  — ...

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Sales manager killed at sand and gravel plant

Jan 20, 2015

Sales manager killed at sand and gravel plant

  A sales manager with 11 years of experience has been killed at a sand and gravel plant in California. Although MSHA isn't releasing a lot of details about the accident due to an ongoing investigation, it did report that the ...

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Sand and gravel mine cited for 8th time

Jan 19, 2015

Sand and gravel mine cited for 8th time

Northern Excavating has been cited for the eighth time for allegedly letting employees work under risky conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says mine operators allowed employees to work at great risk in trenches without cave-in ...

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Vice President Biden announces new steps to Build America Investment Initiative

Jan 19, 2015

Vice President Biden announces new steps to Build America Investment Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden, along with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, have announced new steps the Obama administration plans to take as part of its Build America Investment Initiative. These steps include ...

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Doosan and Bobcat Company donate $3 million to NDSU

Jan 19, 2015

Doosan and Bobcat Company donate $3 million to NDSU

Doosan and Bobcat Company have announced their continued support of innovation in education by donating $3 million to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The State of North Dakota will match the donation, adding $1.5 ...

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Michigan DEQ approves shingles, plastics for use at cement kilns

Jan 16, 2015

Michigan DEQ approves shingles, plastics for use at cement kilns

LaFarge North America has been granted permission by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to use scrap plastics and asphalt shingles at its cement kilns in Alpena, according to the Detroit Free Press. Last fall LaFarge requested permission to burn additional fuels in ...

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Cement worker’s body found after silo collapse

Jan 16, 2015

Cement worker’s body found after silo collapse

  After more than three days of searching, firefighters have found the body of Anthony Gabriele, 48, a worker who was missing after a silo filled with cement collapsed in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Related Read: Body of teenager pulled from Milford ...

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Cement shipments jumped 10 percent in October

Jan 15, 2015

Cement shipments jumped 10 percent in October

The industry had a great month in October when total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico increased 10 percent, 9.6 million metric tons (Mt), according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the ...

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Portland Cement Association names vice president for government affairs

Jan 15, 2015

Portland Cement Association names vice president for government affairs

The Portland Cement Association has appointed A Todd Johnston as vice president for government affairs, effective 19 January 2015. Johnston will represent PCA and its members with the federal government from the association's Washington office. Johnston joins PCA with a strong record of ...

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Limestone quarry to become set of Beowulf

Jan 14, 2015

Limestone quarry to become set of Beowulf

  A former limestone quarry in England will soon be transformed into a dark and scary village as the set for an upcoming Beowulf miniseries. Discussions to use former Cement Works quarry as the new home for Beowulf had been ongoing for quite ...

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