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SNEAK PEEK from November AggMan: Aggregates for ‘Energy Freedom?’

Oct 16, 2012

SNEAK PEEK from November AggMan: Aggregates for ‘Energy Freedom?’

This is a sneak peek from the "AggBeat" news section of the November 2012 issue of Aggregates Manager. Shale may be the game changer to give the United States ‘energy independence,’ but it faces pushback from environmentalists. Oil and natural gas for ...

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The nation is ‘hurling itself toward a fiscal cliff,’ says ABC chief economist

Oct 08, 2012

The nation is ‘hurling itself toward a fiscal cliff,’ says ABC chief economist

The U.S. Department of Labor's latest employment report is out. For some key industry sectors, it's good news -- but not for construction. This is not news we want to hear, but I certainly think it's going to fuel the fire ...

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Tier 4: Will tough regulations make construction equipment resale a quarantine market?

Sep 07, 2012

Tier 4: Will tough regulations make construction equipment resale a quarantine market?

There has been much ado about the Tier 4 final regulations that are coming down the pike and what it is going to mean for the used construction equipment market.  With Tier 4 interim standards currently in effect, there are ...

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Economist: U.S. economy and nonresidential construction sector in a ‘holding pattern’

Sep 04, 2012

Economist: U.S. economy and nonresidential construction sector in a ‘holding pattern’

Despite a 0.9-percent drop in construction spending in July — including both residential and non-residential building — spending is up 9.3 percent year-over-year, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) report, citing the U.S. Census Bureau’s Sept. 4 numbers. Non-residential construction spending ...

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Astec’s president steps down but remains as CEO

Aug 31, 2012

Astec Industries Inc.’s President Dr. J. Don Brock has stepped down as president of the company, but he will remain as chief executive officer. Along with Brock’s resignation are the promotions of W. Norman Smith as president and chief operating officer; ...

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SNEAK PEEK: EPA may delay emissions rules for two years

Aug 01, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may give operations a reprieve with its proposed amendments to air quality rules that the agency set in 2010 to regulate cement manufacturing. EPA proposed in late June delaying implementation of the rules of the ...

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FHWA OKs Illinois DOT for highway construction program hiring incentive

Jul 26, 2012

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)  can now  implement a special provision that allows a $10 per hour training incentive to prime contractors who hire graduates of IDOT’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program to work on federally funded projects.  The ...

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The new highway bill, MAP-21: What’s in it for my business?

Jul 20, 2012

The new highway bill, MAP-21: What’s in it for my business?

We finally have a highway bill. After three years and nine extensions, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) was signed into law on July 6. Now we have $105 billion and 27 months to keep our surface transportation ...

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Granite releasing 2012 Q2 results on Aug. 2

Jul 13, 2012

Granite Construction Inc. will release second quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday, Aug.  2, 2012, after the market closes. The company will host an investor conference call at 8 a.m. (PT), on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. A live webcast of the ...

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The Hill: Obama to sign highway bill Friday

Jul 05, 2012

President Obama on Friday will sign the combined transportation, student loan and flood insurance bill at a White House event, according to a July 3 report by Keith Laing in The Hill. The House and Senate on June 29 passed a new ...

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The new surface transportation bill gives us a cast instead of a Band-Aid for funding

Jul 03, 2012

The new surface transportation bill gives us a cast instead of a Band-Aid for funding

A two-year bill isn't the answer to the need for a long-term transportation bill, but it's better than short-term extension after short-term extension. Now we have a cast instead of just a Band-Aid to fix the lack of funding. We were ...

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House, Senate pass $105 billion, two-year transportation bill

Jul 02, 2012

The House and Senate on June 29 passed a new two-year $105 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the AASHTO Journal reports. The measure, H.R. 4348, passed the House 373-52, just before ...

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