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Mnuchin Pushing for Infrastructure

RR031519 mnuchinMarch 15, 2019 – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pledged to push for passage of the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan during an appearance yesterday before Congress.

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That Worker Shortage

RR031419 constructionMarch 14, 2019 – The aggregates and construction industry workforces run parallel, so no surprise that the results from the first-quarter 2019 USG Corp. + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index indicate that labor shortages continue to pose major challenges. This is causing firms to ask skilled workers to do more work (81 percent), struggle to meet deadlines (70 percent), increase costs for new work (63 percent), and reject new projects (40 percent).

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Young Leaders 'Bootcamp' with a Former Navy SEAL

RR SarailleMarch 13, 2019 – Register for the 2019 NSSGA Young Leaders Annual Meeting by March 17 to get discounted early bird pricing on the aggregates industry's main event for rising leaders.

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Gas Tax Battle in Ohio

RR021119 pumpMarch 11, 2019 – Gas is a hot topic in Ohio. The Ohio House has passed a transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges. The House passed the bill 71-27. It now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The bill would increase the gas tax by 10.7 cents per gal. over two years and the diesel tax by 20 cents per gal. over three years. Both increases would start Oct. 1.

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International Women’s Day

RR030819 SiteManagementMarch 8, 2019 – To mark International Women’s Day, Volvo Construction Equipment President Melker Jernberg highlighted the importance of having a diverse workforce as a major contributor to the company’s success. He has also challenged all employees to help the company exceed its commitment of having 25 percent female leaders by 2025. The aggregates industry, which is heavily male-centric, is not without its female leaders. Look no further than Katie Jeremiah, CEO of Aggregate Resource Industries Inc., or President of Mack Industries Betsy Mack Nespeca. And of note is The Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association's Women Leaders in Mining and Aggregates group, which produces a series of workshops designed to provide the tools and foundation for career advancement in the aggregates industry. On the manufacturing side, you can find Mary Erholtz at Superior Industries, Susanne Cobey at Eagle Crusher or Jennifer Hise at Cemco leading their companies. I was having a conversation with an aggregates producer once who told me he was going to hire more female truck drivers. They take much better care of the equipment and are more efficient than guys, he said. Let's hear it for women on International Women's Day. And check out this piece from Firmatek.

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