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  • RE-BROADCAST: “60 MINUTES” – “FALLING APART: AMERICA’S NEGLECTED INFRASTRUCTURE” – MAY 17, 2015

    The CBS News show, 60 Minutes, will re-broadcast an important piece on the sorry state of the nation’s infrastructure May 17 at 7 p.m. (eastern).  Steve Kroft’s story is an opportunity to press Congress on the need for a long-term and stably funded highway trust fund. “Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are…

    Posted 5/17/15 at 4:09 PM

  • CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS PAVE WAY FOR TWO-MONTH HIGHWAY EXTENSION

    With only 4 legislative days left before the May 31 highway program extension deadline, both chambers of Congress May 15 laid the ground work for a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure authority.  Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Tom Carper, D-Del., proposed legislation, S. 1350, in the Senate.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 4:25 PM

  • Two weeks left to apply for the 2015 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is accepting applications through May 29 for the 2015 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. The Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a student who plans to pursue a career in the aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) industry. This $2,500 scholarship was created to honor the…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 1:00 PM

  • HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES 2016 TRANSPORTATION SPENDING BILL

    U.S. House appropriators approved the FY 2016 transportation and housing spending bill that flat funds the federal highway program. The bill provides about $55 billion in discretionary spending for transportation and housing programs. To fund highway projects, the House Transportation committee is still required to act to authorize the program. Next step is consideration by…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 9:00 AM

  • CURRENT HIGHWAY FUNDS TO RUN THROUGH JULY

    It seems that there is more money left in the Highway Trust Fund than previously anticipated. Funding in the current extension of the highway bill was expected to run out at the end of the month, but due to a slow start to the construction season as a result of the harsh winter and states…

    Posted 5/14/15 at 4:10 PM

  • WOTUS BILL PASSES HOUSE; SENATE HEARING SCHEDULED

      The House of Representatives passed a measure May 12, 261-155, to halt the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ rule on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). This legislation, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which passed with the support of 24 Democrats, restarts the rulemaking process and requires consultation with…

    Posted 5/13/15 at 8:00 PM

  • PMD Producers Expand

    Imerys signs exclusive agreement with Solvay to acquire its PCC business Imerys SA:Imerys signs exclusive agreement with Solvay to acquire its PCC business.Acquisition comprises 4 plants in Europe (Germany, Austria, France and the UK). (Reuters)   Great Lakes Calcium expands, takes new name The mineral processing company Great Lakes Calcium has renamed itself GLC Minerals…

    Posted 5/11/15 at 5:19 PM

  • Infrastructure Week Begins with NSSGA Firing Back Against Misguided Budget

    NSSGA’s President and CEO Michael W. Johnson urged Congress to rethink a proposed 22 percent cut to federal transportation projects contained in a recently passed federal spending blueprint. While Johnson acknowledged that the budget resolution passed May 5 is, fortunately, only a non-binding outline for federal spending, he pointed out that the proposed cuts would…

    Posted 5/11/15 at 11:26 AM

  • SINK FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER

    NSSGA pushed back against a White House Executive Order so broadly written that it is unclear whether aggregates operations are included or not.  The association urged that aggregates operations be excluded from the Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order (EO) 11988, Floodplain Management in a May 6 letter. “Aggregates operations must be located where high quality aggregates…

    Posted 5/7/15 at 1:40 PM

  • Webinar: Market Segmentation to Improve Sales

    May’s AGG1 Online webinar, “Understanding the Impact of Effective Market Segmentation,” May 21 at 1-2 p.m. EDT, will define market segmentation and explain how this concept can help aggregates sales personnel sell their products more effectively. Aggregates producers know that all customers are not the same, and that front-line salespeople are the primary “boots on…

    Posted 5/7/15 at 9:17 AM