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Non-Metallic Minerals on the Rise

RR020720 MCSFeb. 7, 2020 – The first indication of the vibrancy of the U.S. non-metallic minerals market just came in. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2020 Mineral Commodity Summaries publication, in which it gives, among other things, its first, preliminary look at 2019 U.S. aggregates production. According to the publication, total aggregates production was approximately 2.5 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of approximately 6% over 2018. In 2019, 1.53 billion tons of crushed stone valued at more than $18.7 billion was produced by an estimated 1,430 companies operating 3,440 quarries and 176 sales and (or) distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 8%. In 2019, 970 million tons of construction sand and gravel valued at $9.0 billion was produced by an estimated 3,870 companies operating 6,830 pits and 342 sales and distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 3.5%. Dimensional stone production was also up, while industrial sand production was down. Lime production was down slightly. 

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RR012320 SurveyRock Products needs your insight! Please take our industry survey. Our 2020 Benchmark Survey is designed to help us understand national trends and the needs of the industry looking forward. Win one of five Amazon gift cards. 

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The Real World Challenge of Inventory Management

TRND011620 BoardmanJan. 15, 2020 – Stockpile Reports has come a long way since a conversation they had with me almost 10 years ago about the business model they were considering launching.

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Fatality Investigated

TRND011420 FatalityJan. 14. 2020 – MSHA is investigating a death at the Wendling Quarry near Garrison, Iowa, according to news reports.

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Can't Afford to Take the Year Off

RR010920 DonohueJan. 9, 2019 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue just gave his annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. While acknowledging the complex political environment, Donohue called out top challenges that require bipartisan action in Washington, including a comprehensive infrastructure package, reforms to our immigration system, and solutions to climate change. “Does it sound like we can afford to take the year off?” Donohue asked. “Of course not – inaction is not an option. So, let’s flip the conventional wisdom that nothing gets done in an election year. It’s because it’s an election year that folks will want and need to be productive.” Look at what happened at the end of last year, when nothing was supposed to get done, Donohue said, pointing to the flurry of bipartisan legislative activity that took place in December including House passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Donohue also called for continued progress in rebuilding the political center and reasserted the Chamber’s commitment to reward bipartisanship and legislative courage. 

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