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  • Picking a Perfect Primary

    Impact Crusher at an APAC-Kansas City Quarry has the Operation Primed for Success. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • In-The-Field Dreams

    At R.E. Pierson’s Stone Yard in New Jersey, W.S. Tyler conducted Specialized Field Tests for a Number of Aggregates Producers. By Mark S. Kuhar This is the second in a new series of personal accounts called “Quarry Stories,” written by the editor of Rock Products, bringing you perspective and insight gleaned from more than 20 years of covering the equipment, technology, plant operations and people that make the aggregates industry great. –Ed. Read More
  • Rock to the Top

    Rock Products Presents the Top 25 Construction Aggregates Producers. Following are the top 25 aggregates producers in the United States, according to information released by the U.S. Geological Survey. This information is based upon 2012 production and does not take into consideration mergers and acquisitions that have occurred since that time. – Ed. Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailJuly 25, 2014 – The Senate is poised to vote on legislation to ensure federal highway funds continue to flow to the states before Congress adjourns for the five-week August recess. 

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailPPI offers a new and cost-effective solution for your impact and loading zone requirements with the addition of our medium duty impact bed. PPI has developed an impact bed that is an ideal combination of impact absorption and belt support that promotes a tight seal against your skirting system. A modular design, available in 2-, 4- and 5-ft. lengths with foldable wings allow the user to...

Rock Stars

article thumbnailMcLanahan Corp. CEO Sean McLanahan was recently recognized for his community involvement by Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. Sean received the Paul I. Detwiler III Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the social, economic, educational and cultural development of the region.
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailTerex announced that Kemper Equipment Inc. has been named its dealer in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania for the Terex Cedarapids and Terex Canica crushing and screening equipment lines of Terex Mineral Processing Systems (MPS). 

People on the Move

article thumbnailMellott Company has named Rich Blake as its chief executive officer. Blake assumes the title of CEO in addition to his role as company president. The previous CEO, Paul C. Mellott Jr., will continue to serve as chairman of the board of Mellott Company.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices


The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of July 8 is $3.637. That is higher than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.610.

Canadian Frac Sand Plant to Move Forward


Victory Nickel Inc. has received the required approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to develop the 400,000-tpy Seven Persons frac sand processing facility just southwest of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

AER approval was granted to BG Solutions Inc., the company selling the 7P facility to Victory Nickel. As announced in the company’s news release of Jan. 9, 2013, a payment of $300,000 toward the purchase of the 7P facility has now been made as AER approval was a condition of the purchase.

“The AER approval has huge implications for Victory Silica Ltd.’s plan to begin marketing frac sand in 2013,” said René Galipeau, vice-chairman and CEO of Victory Nickel. “We will now begin the reclamation work and the upgrades at the 7P plant, which are already fully funded, with the goal of generating cash flow before the end of the year.”

“Producing frac sand from the 7P facility is the first step in VSL’s three-phased plan to establish Victory Nickel as a premier frac sand supplier to northern markets, and this will be a very busy summer at the 7P Facility and on the marketing side. Our goal is to complete all work in time to begin processing frac sand before the end of the season,” said CEO Ken Murdock.

Establishing production of premium-quality Midwest frac sand by shipping partially-processed sand purchased in Wisconsin to the 7P for final processing and distribution is the first phase of VSL’s strategy. The 7P facility is well located in an area populated with fracking companies, its customers, and it is within only a few hours’ trucking distance of major oil play well sites.

Phase 2, which includes the construction of a concentrator in Wisconsin, will reduce costs and assure security of sand supply through the control of a frac sand mine in Wisconsin. In Phase 3, Victory Silica has identified a site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it plans to build a larger frac sand plant to process and distribute both imported and domestic sands, including sand mined as a co-product of development of a nickel mine at its 100 percent-owned Minago project in Manitoba.

“The 7P facility provides VSL with several competitive advantages,” added Murdock. “First, the lack of well-located, large-volume, manufacturer-controlled dry product storage is a huge issue in the frac sand industry, and the 7P facility already has over 20,000 tons of dry storage capacity. Second, by locating our dry processing and storage facilities close to the wellhead – at the 7P facility and, ultimately, Winnipeg – VSL is able to avoid product degradation from the over-handling that is common in the traditional frac sand supply chain, thereby maximizing the quality of our frac sand products while at the same time minimizing the logistics challenges for our oilfield service company clients involved in the delivery of frac sand to the well.”