Cemex Fairborn quarry receives Ohio reclamation award.

Source: Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association, Gahanna, Ohio

OAIMA recently awarded Cemex USA the 2011 Reclamation Achievement Award for the ongoing, successful reclamation of one of its partially-active quarries in Fairborn.

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Cement Totals—August 2011

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

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 7.9 million mt in August 2011, according to the USGS.

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Construction starts expected to stay flat in 2012, says outlook report

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York

Although housing and commercial building construction starts may improve in 2012, they will be offset by weakness in the public works and institutional building sectors, says the Dodge Construction Outlook from McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Construction recovery to vary by region, says report

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

According to a recent PCA report, relatively flat conditions will face the U.S. cement market for the next two years, but this will vary from region to region. Overall, North Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, and Washington, D.C., have the strongest relative construction fundamentals. On the other end, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Mississippi and Rhode Island currently have the weakest.

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