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How to stay safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

Oct 29, 2014

How to stay safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

One of the lingering effects of the construction downturn is the difficulty contractors now face finding skilled workers. Whether construction workers have found other jobs, moved to a new city or left the industry altogether, skilled workers can be hard to ...

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How much fun can you handle? Quarry Quest 2014 Photos

Sep 25, 2014

How much fun can you handle? Quarry Quest 2014 Photos

With so many entertainment options for children (video games, cartoons, ect.), it's no wonder why aggregates wouldn't be considered a very fun subject. But for at least one day a year, aggregates end up being the highlight of day for ...

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August construction declines, highway construction on the rise

Sep 23, 2014

August construction declines, highway construction on the rise

New construction starts are back to the normal pace reported during the first seven months of the year. Construction dropped nine percent in August after recording a boost in energy-related manufacturing projects in July. However, the drop did not seem to have ...

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Tales from a 1922 sand and gravel convention

Sep 12, 2014

Tales from a 1922 sand and gravel convention

My household is obsessed with Google Ngram Viewer, an online graphing tool inspired by a program called Bookworm, that was developed by brainy folks at Harvard and MIT. Ngram charts the annual count of n-grams (or letter combinations), words, and ...

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Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

Sep 03, 2014

Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

After seeing its first drop in one year during June, construction spending in the U.S. fully recovered and then some in July, with its largest monthly gain in more than two years. Construction spending rose 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted ...

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VIDEO: Country music star Kip Moore’s ballad for the construction industry

Aug 29, 2014

VIDEO: Country music star Kip Moore’s ballad for the construction industry

Kip Moore has penned his share of hits, most notably the platinum-selling “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ which reached number 1 on the U.S. country charts. And now the country star has dedicated a song to the men and women of ...

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How to become a more productive worker

Aug 26, 2014

How to become a more productive worker

“Work smarter, not harder.” How many times have you seen that quote? Over time, the idea that your best performance is a result of how you work, not how long you work, has become widely accepted. Studies have shown that the last employee ...

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5 easy ways to beat the heat at a construction site

Aug 11, 2014

5 easy ways to beat the heat at a construction site

Outdoor construction sites rarely see ideal temperatures, especially during the dog days of summer. Workers may spend hours under the sun, which can be a huge health hazard if certain safety procedures aren’t taken. Surviving the hottest days of the year ...

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The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Aug 08, 2014

The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Managing employees can be one of the toughest jobs to face when running a company. Too often, contractors build their business without having any training, guidance or expertise in how to deal with their people effectively. If you’re in the black, ...

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MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Aug 06, 2014

MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Many people assume that operating heavy construction equipment is a man’s job. After all, these are big, powerful machines. Grease on the hands, mud-caked boots and the smell of diesel in the morning are just part of the job. No ...

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Martin Marietta reports huge 2nd quarter profits

Jul 31, 2014

Martin Marietta reports huge 2nd quarter profits

Martin Marietta Materials has reported strong second quarter earnings of $1.34 per share compared to 89 cents per share in the second quarter of 2013. Revenue for the company totaled $669.2 million, up from $561.3 million during the same period last ...

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Aggregates needed to fill sinkhole

Jul 23, 2014

Aggregates needed to fill sinkhole

Aggregates have many applications — whether in road building, home construction, or toothpaste, but here’s one you may have never heard before. A contractor in Alaska needed 100 tons of aggregates to fill a 75-foot sinkhole that suddenly opened up ...

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