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Need for Respiratory Protection

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 23, 2020 – The construction, aggregates and mining industries know a little something about respiratory protection. Masks are a normal part of our PPE. But due to the coronavirus, masks for the medical profession are in short supply. The state of Virginia is using what PPE supplies it can get from the federal stockpile. The Virginia Emergency Support Team is also tracking down alternative providers. They are in contact with suppliers who make masks used in mining and quarry operations. Those are the same grade as medical masks that can prevent those already infected from spreading the virus further. If you have a supply of masks at your operation, you might be able to help your local medical establishment. 

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Coronavirus Could Spur Infrastructure Investment

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 18, 2020 – Congressional leaders and White House officials began work on a massive coronavirus relief bill that could contain major economic stimulus for corporations and consumers. Could it take a pandemic such as coronavirus/COVID-19 to finally get an infrastructure bill passed?

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ConExpo-Con/Agg Goes On

RR031020 conexpo sqMarch 10, 2020 – Despite several major exhibitors and other smaller ones pulling out of the show amid fears of coronavirus, ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 went on in Las Vegas. If attendees were planning on not coming, it was not evident, as more than 120,000 were expected and vibrant activity on the show floor confirmed that buyers were in the house and ready to do business. Show management noted, "We are continually monitoring the situation and will respond to any recommendations set by the U.S. Government or its agencies. We will continue to be transparent in our communications if new information develops. [We have] taken steps to address the spread of germs by providing heightened levels of cleanliness." The show wraps up on March 14.

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Mike Eruzione Speaks

RR030920 EruzioneMarch 9, 2020– At the joint NSSGA, NRMCA, PCA Opening Session in Las Vegas, 1980 Olympic Gold Medal-winning hockey team captain Mike Eruzione spoke about team building, respect and success. With good humor and great sincerity he talked about the 1980 Olympic team's journey and offered parallels to business, giving his audience a number of great takeaways. "If you understand the value of work you will always be successful," he stated. 

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NSSGA M&S Committee Meets

RR030320 NSSGAMarch 8, 2020 – As the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) kicked off its annual convention, President and CEO Michael Johnson addressed the association's Manufacturers & Services committee. Johnson updated the group on the impact of the coronavirus scare with regard to convention attendance and offered an impromptu take on the current political situation, with a special emphasis on how NSSGA, though RockPac, allocates funds to candidates for office. Johnson also emphasized the important role committee members play with regard to educating and informing political candidates who support infrastructure legislation, common-sense regulations and natural resources in general. 

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