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AEM to Rock Summerfest

RR061019 AEMJune 10, 2019 – To help mark the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' (AEM) 125th anniversary and bring awareness of the contributions of the manufacturing industry, AEM will sponsor the first-ever Manufacturing Day at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 28th. This will be the first time off-road heavy equipment will be on display at the event. Summerfest is considered Milwaukee's cornerstone summer celebration drawing crowds of 800,000 from around the world each year. Featured performers are Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh and Friends, Counting Crows, Allison Kraus, Jason Aldean, Bon Iver, Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Megadeth, The Killers, Billie Eilish, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q.

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Lindsey Aggregates' New Sand Washing System

RR060519 CDEJune 5, 2019 – Lindsey Aggregates, based in New York state, opened its doors today to showcase its new multi-million-dollar integrated sand washing system, designed and installed by full-service EPC company CDE. Rock Products is on-hand for the event.

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Graniterock Fixes Its Own Road

RR060419 GraniterockJune 4, 2019 – Exiting Graniterock's A.R. Wilson Quarry won’t be such a bumpy ride now that the company fixed its own road. The road leading out of the quarry, with more than a few potholes, underwent a rehabilitation project coordinated by several Graniterock teams in addition to the quarry: CIR, RTS, Construction Division and Road Materials. The One Company project has been years in the making as the road condition has grown worse in recent years due to high truck traffic and heavy rains, creating frustration among aggregate customers and team members.

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We Mayor May Not Get a Bill

RR052319 HighwayBillJune 3, 2019 – More than half of mayors (57%) discussed infrastructure at length during their annual State of the City addresses this year, according to a new report by the National League of Cities. That made it the second-most popular topic for the second year in a row, trailing only economic development. Mayors gathered in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss the report and how they're handling infrastructure in their cities. It’s no surprise that infrastructure ranks high among mayors' concerns. But mayors are talking about it more often than in recent years. Only 31% of mayors discussed infrastructure in their annual speeches in 2016, climbing to 48% in 2017 and reaching roughly 60% in the last two years, the NLC noted. The mayors shared their infrastructure concerns following a White House meeting on infrastructure ended abruptly, leaving many to speculate whether or not we will even see a bill this year.

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Fly Like an Eagle

RR053119 EagleMaterialsLogoMay 31, 2019 – Just in time for the weekend, Eagle Materials announced that its long-rumored strategic re-evaluation was over. The envelope, please. The company's board of directors has approved a plan to separate its Heavy Materials and Light Materials businesses into two independent, publicly traded corporations by means of a tax-free spin-off to Eagle shareholders. The separation is expected to be completed in the first half of calendar year 2020. The company also announced that it is actively pursuing "alternatives" for its Oil and Gas Proppants business, which is a polite way to say they want to dump it. It is no secret that hedge fund Sachem Head Capital Management, which owns a company stake and board positions, had determined that the "underperforming" division was a drag on stock price. The new Heavy Materials business unit will include its aggregates operations.

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