Tags: U.S. Geological Survey

Aggregate production up 7 percent in 2014

Mar 03, 2015

Aggregate production up 7 percent in 2014

Based on information gathered from its quarterly sample survey of crushed stone and sand and gravel producers, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated that 595 million short tons of construction aggregates were produced and shipped during the fourth quarter ...

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Researchers will monitor seismic activity as blasting resumes at Illinois quarry

Mar 02, 2015

As blasting operations resume this spring at the Hanson Material Service quarry near LaGrange, Ill., Northwestern University researchers will be monitoring them. The Chicago Tribune reports that scientists have been recording seismic activity in two locations since last spring, because ...

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Mine pollution hurting fish habitats across America

Dec 19, 2014

Mine pollution hurting fish habitats across America

  Pollution from mines may be the reason why some fishing spots in the United States are drying up, according to research from Michigan State University. Mine pollution has always been a suspected cause for damaged fish habitats, but researchers say it's a ...

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Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Sep 09, 2014

Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Aggregates production in the United States was up eight percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to last year. During the first six months of 2014 an estimated 961 Mt of aggregates was produced, up seven percent from the ...

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Crushed stone production rises 5% in Q1 2014

Jun 02, 2014

Crushed stone production rises 5% in Q1 2014

An estimated 222 million metric tons of crushed stone was produced and shipped in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Crushed stone production in the first quarter ...

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A Merger of Equals

May 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com As we wait for Martin Marietta’s acquisition of Texas Industries to clear regulatory approval, another industry merger is set to change the face of the construction materials market — both domestically and globally. On April 7, the ...

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Movie Magic Along Route 66

Apr 01, 2014

Movie Magic Along Route 66

You say tomato, and I say Tuh Mater.   By Bill Langer   Mater: My name is Mater. Lightning McQueen: Mater? Mater: Yeah, like tuh-mater, but without the “tuh.” From the Pixar/Disney movie ‘Cars’   We resume our journey along Historic Route 66 at Joplin, Mo. Joplin is located ...

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McCook Quarry resumes blasting for first time since November earthquake

Mar 15, 2014

McCook Quarry resumes blasting for first time since November earthquake

McCook Quarry is reportedly set to resume blasting on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Lehigh Hanson-owned quarry suspended blasting after a 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Illinois and Wisconsin in November following a routine blast. Within two weeks of the ...

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Crushed stone production up 3% in Q4 2013

Mar 10, 2014

Crushed stone production up 3% in Q4 2013

An estimated 292 million metric tons of crushed stone was produced and shipped in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report notes that crushed stone production ...

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A Taxing Situation

Feb 01, 2014

by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief tdunphy@randallreilly.com   Conventional wisdom dictates that most onerous local regulations are born in the West and migrate East. It was a bit of a surprise, therefore, when I read about a dispute involving taxes levied on aggregates. This particular ...

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Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Jan 01, 2014

Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Third quarter earnings results for the publicly traded construction materials companies are coming in and showing mixed results. Some markets are showing dramatic improvements, while others are still flat, if not depressed. Data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ...

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U.S. aggregates production rises in Q3 2013

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. aggregates production rises in Q3 2013

Production of crushed stone and sand and gravel is up year over year for the third quarter of 2013. About 367 million of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2013, an ...

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