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Sept. 20, 2019 – Ohio CAT is roaring. The Caterpillar dealer in Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana kicked off construction of its newest building project with a ceremonial groundbreaking...

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MAJOR introduced a new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors. This addition offers customers even greater performance from the company’s tensioned Flex-Mat High Vibration Wire Screens and other...
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Command Alkon has introduced CONNEX, a next-generation vertical cloud solution designed to increase productivity levels and create unprecedented results across project performance, schedule, workforce management and safety. When no longer...
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The Strategist

By: Pierre G. Villere As the real estate market collapsed in the fall of 2008, when the financial crisis pushed us over the edge into the Great Recession, a quiet but...

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In addition to his title as president, C. Paul Palmer has been promoted to chief executive officer by the board of directors of the National Lime and Stone Co. The...
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William F. Childs IV will retire as chief executive officer of Chaney Enterprises effective October 2019. "I would like to thank all of the wonderful people I have worked with...
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Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.