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McInnis Cement counters Quebec plant opponents’ government subsidy claims

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Responding to Lafarge North America charges of “enormous subsidies” behind a $1 billion greenfield cement plant and marine terminal in eastern Quebec, McInnis Cement contends: “The project has no subsidies [and] is being financed based on the merits of the business, with all debt and equity investors involved doing so on a commercial basis alone.”

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Dodge economist sees 9 percent gain in 2015 construction starts

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York City

The 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in industry forecasting and business planning, projects U.S. residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding work climbing to $612 billion next year, up from the $564 billion estimated for 2014 and high by recent historical standards.

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Plant expansion positions Con-Tech to double mixer production efficiency

Source: CP staff; Con-Tech Manufacturing, Dodge Center, Minn.

Con-Tech is set to close out 2014 with a 65,000 sq. ft. addition to its plant, housing new central parts department, paint lines, drum-mounting stations, shipping & receiving department and offices—bringing to 200,000 square feet the mixer truck manufacturer has under roof.

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Transportation funding initiatives prevail on election day

Source: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.

Voters across the nation expressed support for increased investment in surface transportation, approving 60 of 90 related initiatives on November 4 ballots. The measures will provide nearly $21 billion in additional funds for transportation projects, the ARTBA Transportation Investment Advocacy Center finds.

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Pavement, materials specialist named Concrete Sustainability Hub co-director

Sources: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; CP staff

An engineer who researches the environmental and economic implications of materials selection in the manufacture and lifespan of products, Randolph Kirchain has been named co-director of the MIT-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) alongside Franz-Joseph Ulm, professor of Civil Engineering.

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