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NSSGA Promotes Safety Month

RR061920 safetyJune 19, 2020 – June is National Safety Month, and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) is excited to recognize it with a week-long campaign to share member perspectives on safety and provide useful safety materials. The organization will wrap up the week on Friday, June 26, at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT with an engaging webinar featuring Safety and Human Factors Consultant Ronn Lehmann and a virtual networking event.

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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in May

RR061820 LCAJune 18, 2020 – Time to get those ships sailing and ports moving. Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in May, a decrease of 18.1% compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association. May’s loadings were also below the month’s five-year average by 8.7%.

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NSSGA Continues Virtual Leadership Summit

RR061620 VotersJuly 16, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), as part of its virtual Executive Committee & Leadership Summit, hosted Rich Thau from the firm Engagious talking about swing voters. The event was sponsored by Caterpillar. Thau has determined that swing voters in a number of states are largely low-information voters who get their information more from local sources, and are not deeply dialed in to national trends. Thau has conducted hundreds of dial test focus groups and interviewed thousands of Americans. He understands what makes swing voters tick. One thing that never changes: for swing voters, and everyone else, the economy is still crucial.

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Census Pulse Survey Finds Modest Improvements

RR061520 AGClogoJune 15, 2020 – According to Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America chief economist, the Census Bureau released the results of its sixth Small Business Pulse Survey, with responses from May 31 to June 6, that “is intended to provide crucial weekly data on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the nation’s businesses.” There was modest improvement in several metrics for construction firms. The share that added employees was the highest yet (11.5%, vs. 10.1% in the May 24-30 survey). For the fifth-straight week there were declines in the share with a decrease in employees (12.1% vs. 12.4% a week before) or supply-chain disruptions (31.4% vs. 33.3%). The share of construction respondents that closed a location for at least one day was unchanged at 17.8%. More construction firms than in the five previous surveys reported “little or no effect on…normal level of operations relative to one year ago” (17.1% vs. 13.5% one week earlier). More predicted a return to usual level within three months or less (25.6% vs. 22.3%). There was a decrease in the share who expect that returning to normal level would take more than six months (30.2% vs. 35.0%) but a small increase in the share who do not believe their business will return to normal (6.3% vs. 5.3%). 

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NSSGA Kicks Off Virtual Leadership Summit

RR061020 NSSGAJune 10, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), as part of its virtual Executive Committee & Leadership Summit, hosted economist Anirban Basu, who took participants through recent economic ups and downs via charts, graphs, explanations and somehow The Lord of the Rings. Basu concluded that despite the ongoing negative signals, “the recovery is afoot.” But it won’t be fast. He also noted that low interest rates and the amount of money flowing through the economy coupled with a housing market characterized by low inventory equals positive signals for the construction market. The event – part of a series of NSSGA webinars taking place over the next week – was sponsored by John Deere.

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