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Oldcastle, Cemex top sand & gravel producer ranks

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Using 2009 statistics, USGS has produced its yearly Top 100 list of sand and gravel producers in the nation. Unlike the top crushed stone rankings released earlier this year with no change in the top 13 companies from the previous year, the sand and gravel list has a new number one: Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials, which moved ahead of Houston's Cemex. At the number three spot, Birmingham, Ala.-based Vulcan Materials Co. switched places from the previous year with Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas.

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Veteran labor attorney probes pro-union NLRB, Labor Dept. maneuvers in free webinar

Source: LeClairRyan, Richmond, Va.

In an August 4 webinar, "NLRB and DOL Step on the Gas: Implications for Employers,” LeClairRyan Partner Mark Goodwin will discuss recent National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor actions in support of organized labor,

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Producer to lawmakers: Union election rule change approaches free speech infringement

Sources: U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce; CP staff

“Unions have the advantage of subtly working behind the scenes for months without an employer’s knowledge to persuade employees to unionize. It is only fair that an employer be allowed the current time frame to accurately communicate with employees,” observed Wisconsin ready mixed producer John Carew at a Congressional hearing on National Labor Relations Board-proposed changes to narrow the petition for representation-to-election window for prospective rank & file.

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Cat Vocational Trucks offers charter model in social media-style contest

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Owners or operators of heavy-duty trucks—including mixer, dump and boom- or knuckle-crane bearing models—can enter the “Win a Cat Truck” contest, August 1–September 30, by submitting a video, essay or audio recording to www.DriveCat.com. Entries are to convey how participants in concrete and aggregate hauling, plus other vocations, use trucks and how a new Cat CT660 will make them more successful.

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Summit bolts on six properties to three platforms

Source: Summit Materials, Washington, D.C.

Gearing up to be as active a U.S. construction materials deal maker in 2011 as it was in 2010, Summit Materials announced just prior to the July 4 holiday weekend the closing of deals to acquire six properties that would serve to establish a footprint in western Colorado and further strengthen the company's aggregates positions in Missouri, Utah and its adjacent states.

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