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New Home Sales Rise 4 Percent in March

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 4.0 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000 units after an upwardly revised February report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This the second highest reading since the Great Recession.

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MDU Resources Group Inc. Acquires Teevin & Fischer

MDU Resources Group Inc. has acquired the operations of Teevin & Fischer Quarry LLC, a leading aggregate producer on the north Oregon coast.

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Cemex Earns Six Arizona Rock Products Association Safety Awards

Cemex in Arizona recently received six 2017 Safety Awards from the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) in recognition of safety practices at ready-mixed and aggregates operations across the state, including recognition for David Carter, Cemex's safety manager for Country Arizona, as 2017 ARPA Safety Professional of the Year. 

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March Construction Starts Advance 11 Percent

New construction starts in March increased 11 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $785.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The substantial gain followed modest declines in January (down 2 percent) and February (down 3 percent), and brings the pace of total construction starts to the highest level over the past six months. 

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Truck Driver Killed at Texas Operation

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on April 12, a 60-year-old customer truck driver was killed at Rye Dredge and Plant, Liberty County, Texas, when he fell from, and was run over by, his truck while scanning into the operator’s check-in system. The victim was found underneath the belly dump of the semi-trailer, and the truck was still in gear.

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