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Salt Lake City, Utah - Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. met with officials in Washington, D.C. today, seeking help with a shortage of cement in Utah, which is blamed for hindering economic growth in the State's building trade sector.

Huntsman met with Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Guiterrez and Under Secretary International Trade Frank Lavin for to describe the "importance of cement's availability when our State is growing at this unprecedented rate."

"We met to raise the cement shortage issue we face in an attempt to find solutions including improving the availability of cement from Mexico while maintaining fair trading standards," Huntsman said.

Administration officials pledged to work toward a resolution of this shortage. Governor Huntsman will again address possible solutions to the cement shortage when he meets with Mexico's Ambassador to the United States Carlos Alberto de Icaza in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2.

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