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JAN 2013

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Taking A Leap Ahead Editorial Office 11555 Central Parkway, Suite 401 Jacksonville, Florida 32224 U.S.A. Phone: +1.904.721.2925 • Fax: +1.904.721.2930 As we kick off 2013, we pause to take a look at where we currently are as an industry, and where we might potentially go. Our Outlook/Forecast feature starting on page 16 gives you the entire scoop. Mining Media International Corporate Office 8751 East Hampden Avenue, Suite B1 Denver, Colorado 80231 U.S.A. Phone: +1.303.283.0640 • Fax: +1.303.283.0641 Where We Are Editor, Mark S. Kuhar, mkuhar@mining‐ Assistant Editor, Josephine Smith, jsmith@mining‐ Graphic Designer, Francesca Peeples, fpeeples@mining‐ Vice President/Editorial Director, Steve Fiscor, sfiscor@mining‐ President/Publisher, Peter Johnson, pjohnson@mining‐ Vice President/Sales & Marketing, John Bold, jbold@mining‐ U.S. & Canada, Sales, Sean Carr, scarr@mining‐ Scandinavia, UK and European Sales Manager, Colm Barry, German Sales Manager, Gerd Strasmann, StrasmannMedia@t‐ Classified Advertising: Eastern Gina Kelly, (866) 293‐5001, gkelly@mining‐, Western Christin Doran, (866) 293‐5001, cdoran@mining‐ Show Manager, Tanna Holzer, tholzer@mining‐ Ad Traffic Manager, Erica Freeman, efreeman@mining‐ The third quarter of 2012 went poorly for aggregates producers, howev‐ er the nine‐month totals for production actually showed a year‐over‐ year increase. According to the latest report just released by the U.S. Geological Survey, an estimated 580 metric tons (Mt) of total construc‐ tion aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 5 percent com‐ pared with that of the same period of 2011. However, the estimated pro‐ duction for consumption in the first nine months of 2012 was 1.48 bil‐ lion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending for the latest month and year‐to‐date was up. The one big down spot was highways, which year‐over‐year, was down. New construction starts during the first 11 months of 2012 on an unad‐ justed basis were reported at $424.4 billion, up 3 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to McGraw‐Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw‐Hill Companies. Again, one of the down areas was in the highway construction sector, which was down 9 percent. Where We Are Going The U.S. transportation construction infrastructure market is expected to show modest growth in 2013, increasing three percent from $126.5 bil‐ lion to $130.3 billion, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) annual forecast. Growth is expected in highway and street pavements, private work for driveways and parking lots, airport terminal and runway work, railroads, and port and waterway construction. ARTBA predicts the bridge market, which has shown sub‐ stantial growth over the last 10 years, to remain flat this year. In a 2013 construction forecast released Dec. 4, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicted nonresiden‐ tial construction spending to expand 5.2 percent this year, with much of the expansion coming from privately financed projects. Upward trends in recent months among a number of housing indicators point to a slow and steady growth in the nation's housing market in 2013. Meanwhile, the number of improving housing markets across the nation continues to show con‐ siderable advancement. Mark S. Kuhar, editor mkuhar@mining‐ (330) 722‐4081 Member: Construction Writers Association 4 ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 Rock Products, Volume 116, Issue 1, (ISSN 0035‐7464) is published monthly by Mining Media, Inc, 10 Sedgwick Drive, Englewood, Colorado 80113 (mining‐ Periodicals Postage paid at Englewood, CO, and additional mailing offices. Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement No. 40845540. Canada return address: Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5, Email: circulation@mining‐ Current and back issues and additional resources, including subscrip‐ tion request forms and an editorial calendar, are available on the World Wide Web at SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Free and controlled circulation to qualified subscribers. 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