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An All-Star Article

RR071019 OsbornJuly 10, 2019 – Last night, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was played here in Cleveland on a beautiful summer night. Progressive Field looked great, which ties in nicely with the article, "How Concrete And Steel Built Baseball," by Vince Guerrieri. It chronicles how in the early part of the 20th century, ballparks became bigger, fancier and sturdier, with wooden edifices being replaced by new steel-and-concrete facilities. The article also contains reference to Cleveland's own Frank Osborn, founder of famed bride-building contractor Osborn Engineering. Enjoy.

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Statement About Concrete Is Not Quite True

RR070819 BuildwithStrengthJuly 8, 2019 – During the recent Democratic debate, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper claimed that the worst polluter in CO2 is China, then the United States, and then it’s concrete and it’s exhalation. Experts like Jeremy Gregory, executive director of Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have demonstrated that statements like Hickenlooper’s do not provide a complete picture. In a recent piece by Gregory, he said, “Though a building’s materials and construction certainly matter, they account for, at most, 12% of its total lifetime greenhouse gas emissions in the cases that we analyzed. Instead, the majority of a building’s greenhouse gasses are due to its energy consumption.” Build with Strength – a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) consisting of community organizations, fire safety professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts  – responded to Hickenlooper's claim. “Concrete is tantamount to rebuilding and strengthening our nation’s infrastructure. The health of the American economy relies in part on the protection of the jobs and livelihoods of the men and women who work with in the concrete, construction and other associated industries. When politicians talk about impact, they often leave out an appropriate understanding of how far the industry has come in addressing sustainability, and how vital it is to our national interests,”  said Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength.

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Vulcan Rocks Out the Quarry

RR070519 VulcanJuly 5, 2019 – Vulcan Materials knows how to rock a quarry. Its Rock Out the Quarry event was held in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Friday, June 28: a fun-filled evening replete with live music, fireworks, food, and activities for all ages. From great entertainment and food, to bounce houses and games for children, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The music lineup included Darryl Little & Friends, New Dimensions and Hunter Hill. Free shuttles from nearby lots were provided by the city. For many, the most memorable part of the night was the spectacular fireworks display. Quarry Park, located in the south side of Winston-Salem, was operated as Piedmont Quarry from the 1920s to the 1970s before closing. Vulcan Materials donated the land to the city in 1988 and it was opened to the public in 2017. Quarry Park is open daily from 6 a.m. until dusk.

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OH a Gas Tax Increase

RR021119 pumpJuly 3, 2019– There is a bit of fireworks this 4th of July in Ohio. A 10.5-cent and 19-cent statewide jump in price for gas and diesel fuel, respectively, went into effect thanks to a tax increase contained in the state’s latest transportation budget. The hike puts the total tax at 38.5 cents for gas and 47 cents for diesel. Since 2005, the state tax rate on both gas and diesel had been 28 cents. Revenue from the changes is expected to exceed $850 million per year for road and bridge improvement projects with 45% of that going into the pockets of local municipalities. Under the previous gas tax, municipalities received 40% of revenue. Despite the increase, the plan falls more than $300 million a year short of what Gov. Mike DeWine said was absolutely necessary for Ohio's roads and bridges.

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Granite Touts Telematics

RR070219 GraniteJuly 2, 2019 – Granite's 2018 Sustainability Report, available on its website, focuses on many aspects of the company's business. One interesting part is the inclusion of telematics and how it factors into its sustainability efforts. In the section "Using Telematics to Reduce our Carbon Footprint," the company said one of its goals is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions/fuel consumption associated with its mobile fleet and asphalt plant operations by 2% year-over-year. "One of the challenges for reducing our carbon footprint is accurately accounting for the use of all owned and rented equipment assets to quantify fuel consumption," the company stated. "We are continuing efforts to develop an efficient and accurate data-gathering solution to track and evaluate this objective. The use of telematics provides valuable information from a sustainability and safety perspective, including fuel consumption, driving habits, and proper operation and use of equipment. Granite began this effort in 2015 and we have since increased the number of equipment/vehicle assets using telematics by 85%, for a total equipment/vehicle count of 1,900. From an environmental perspective, we are seeing positive results that are contributing to improved fuel consumption reductions."

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