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Tina Grady Barbaccia

Tina Grady Barbaccia is executive editor of Better Roads and news & digital editor for Aggregates Manager. She has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Theater Studies from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication managerial program. Barbaccia is currently national second vice president and a board member of the Construction Writers Association and national treasurer of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and a Chicago board member. She has won numerous national and regional ASBPE Awards as well as being a finalist for the American Business Media’s (ABM) Jesse H. Neal Award in 2007 and recipient of the award in 2011. Her coverage of a program to help children learn about the aggregates industry and pique their interest in geology earned an industry organization a 2005 Littleford Award from ABM.

LaHood’s take on sequestration

Feb 28, 2013

LaHood’s take on sequestration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a statement on Feb. 22 with his thoughts on what sequestration will mean for the nation and for transportation.  For the official statement, go to http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/statement-sequestration-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-22-february-2013.) LaHood says in the statement that “sequestration will have a ...

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‘Stretching’ your heavy equipment: a new trend?

Feb 27, 2013

‘Stretching’ your heavy equipment: a new trend?

In a sit-down conversation with Rob Marringa, North American brand marketing manager for wheel loaders and heavy excavators, Case Construction Equipment, at World of Concrete 2013 earlier this month, he talked with me about trends in the heavy equipment industry. The current ...

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Construction industry fuel consumption increases 5.8 percent

Feb 27, 2013

Construction industry fuel consumption increases 5.8 percent

On Feb. 26, WEX Inc. and IHS together released the results of its WEX Construction Fuel Consumption Index (FCI). The WEX Construction FCI measures national fuel consumption statistics for the construction industry. WEX worked with IHS to capture and analyze transaction data ...

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TRIP releasing report, ‘Maryland Transportation by the Numbers’

Feb 27, 2013

The report, “Maryland Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” will be released by national nonprofit transportation research group, at a news conference in Silver Spring, Md., at 8 a.m. ET on Feb. 28. The ...

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A ripper bucket’s few minutes of fame on ‘Gold Rush’ Alaska

Feb 26, 2013

A ripper bucket’s few minutes of fame on ‘Gold Rush’ Alaska

Leading Edge Attachments' Hi-Cap Multi-Ripper Bucket enjoyed its few minutes of fame when it was shown on the Discovery Channel’s reality show “Gold Rush” Alaska a few times. (Videos of the show can be seen on YouTube http://youtu.be/k18ocfBI9ME and http://youtu.be/DqKQNbRe2Vo.) In ...

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Shuster ‘encouraged’ by infrastructure plan, but ‘long-term plan’ needed

Feb 25, 2013

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) released a statement on Wednesday following the release of additional details on President Obama’s infrastructure plan. In his statement, Shuster pointed out that he is “encouraged” by the need to reduce “red ...

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Oldcastle talks with AggMan about how saving pennies can save millions

Feb 24, 2013

Oldcastle talks with AggMan about how saving pennies can save millions

Pennies DO matter in an aggregates operation. In a recent conversation with Shane Buchanan, asphalt performance manager with Oldcastle Materials Group’s Asphalt Performance Team, about mix-design optimization, he told me how watching your pennies can save your operation millions. But it’s not ...

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Foreclosure filings down, but does it really mean we’re on the rebound?

Feb 19, 2013

Foreclosure filings down, but does it really mean we’re on the rebound?

Are we on the rebound? Dow Jones reports that the number of U.S. properties with foreclosure filings fell 28 percent in January from a year earlier, while foreclosure starts fell to a six-year low, according to market researcher RealtyTrac. According to the ...

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KPI-JCI honored as “Patriotic Employer”

Feb 18, 2013

KPI-JCI honored as “Patriotic Employer”

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) has been recognized by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) organization as a “Patriotic Employer” for its support of employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.  The company, along with Maintenance Supervisor ...

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FHWA data show $7 billion in federal funding obligated in FY 2013

Feb 15, 2013

The latest analysis of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data shows that federal, state, and local departments of transportation (DOTs) have so far obligated $7 billion in federal funds during Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, which began last Oct. 1, is an ...

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Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

Feb 14, 2013

Limestone byproducts for food create niche market

For daily news updates and web-exclusive news items, visit the “AggBeat” section of our website at www.aggman.com ‘Animal feed’ segment can be a compelling outlet in uncertain economic times.   by Tina Grady Barbaccia, News and Digital Editor tgbarbaccia@randallreilly.com     In a challenging economy, creating ...

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A hard hat that’s just so sweet: It’s made of sugarcane

Feb 14, 2013

A hard hat that’s just so sweet: It’s made of sugarcane

 Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA has developed a hard hat that protects the environment and is super sweet (sort of).  The new MSA V-Gard ("V-shaped" crown) GRN (for green) Hard Hat is the first industrial safety product produced from nearly 100-percent ...

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