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DEC 2018

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www.rockproducts.com ROCKproducts • December 2018 • 45 starts in Hawaii totaled $1.7 billion in 2017 and $2.6 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. • In Oregon, construction contributed $10.1 billion (4.3 percent) of the state's GDP of $236 billion, the same as the industry's 4.3 percent share of U.S. GDP. Construction wages and salaries in 2017 totaled $427 billion in the United States, including $5.7 billion in Oregon. Nonresi- dential spending in the United States totaled $714 billion in 2017 ($438 billion private, $277 billion public). Private nonresidential spending in Oregon totaled $3.8 billion in 2017. State and local spending totaled $3.7 billion. Nonres- idential starts in Oregon totaled $5.5 billion in 2017 and $5 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. • In Washington, construction contributed $22.3 billion (4.4 percent) of the state's GDP of $506 billion, more than the industry's 4.3 percent share of U.S. GDP. Construc- tion wages and salaries in 2017 totaled $427 billion in the United States, including $12.5 billion in Washington. Nonresidential spending in the United States totaled $714 billion in 2017 ($438 billion private, $277 billion public). Private nonresidential spending in Washington totaled $7.6 billion in 2017. State and local spending totaled $10.4 billion. Nonresidential starts in Washington totaled $10.5 billion in 2017 and $10.1 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. Around the Region Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost California motorists a total of $61 billion annually – a much as $2,995 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Adequate investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels is needed to relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in California, accord- ing to a report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation research organization. The TRIP report, "California Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility," finds that throughout California, more than two-thirds of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 1,603 of 25,657 locally and state-maintained bridges (20 ft. or longer) are structurally deficient. The report also finds that California's major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays and chok- ing commuting and commerce. Cemex hosted more than 80 clients in Walnut Creek, Calif., during its first-ever California Building Materials Forum, with experts providing insight on industry trends, sharing best practices and looking forward to the future of the industry. Cemex and industry professionals tackled several issues facing the construction industry in northern California by delivering presentations on enhancing safety, current digi- tal trends and staffing in tight labor markets to help clients prepare for possible changes. Panamint Valley Limestone Inc. announced development of a lime plant in Trona, Calif. The $45 million plant will be the only producer of lime in the state of California, where cur- rently all lime used is imported from out of state. The plant is expected to create 30 to 40 well-paying jobs. U.S. Concrete Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Polaris Materi- als, obtained the necessary permits to increase the amount of aggregates it imports at its terminal located in Long Beach, Calif. As a result of the new permit, Polaris is now able to deliver up to 2 million tpy of highly specified aggregates, effectively doubling its throughput capacity in supply-con- strained Southern California. MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced it has acquired the operations of Molalla Redi-Mix and Rock Products Inc., which produces ready-mix concrete in Molalla, Ore., south of Port- land. Molalla Redi-Mix will become part of Knife River Corp., the construction materials subsidiary of MDU Resources. The acquisition expands Knife River's reach into the growing market between Portland and Salem, and will be operated out of the company's Portland Metro office. Earlier this year, MDU Resources also acquired the operations of Teevin & Fischer Quarry LLC, a leading aggregate producer on the north Oregon coast. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) on Sept. 20 co-hosted a town hall in partnership with Genie, a Terex AWP brand, in front of 150 Genie team members on the busi- ness's showroom floor and with thousands more watching online. The event took place in Redmond, Wash. The discus- sion on trade comes as tensions continues to rise between the United States and several longstanding trade partners, including China – which is involved in an escalating trade war impacting the equipment manufacturing industry. PacWest Machinery announced the purchase of land in Spo- kane, Wash., for the construction of a new dealership facility. Beginning in the second quarter of 2019, customers in east- ern Washington and northern Idaho will be supported and serviced from the new facility at 3515 North Sullivan Road. PacWest is responsible for sales, rental and aftermarket support in the Pacific Northwest for the full line of Volvo Con- struction Equipment's general production, road machinery and compact equipment. In addition, the company supplies equipment from other manufacturers including Metso Min- erals, Roadtec, Tymco, GOMACO, Etnyre, Broce, Gensis and FRD Furukawa. Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and Associated General Con- tractors of America. S

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