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    While the bulk of an aggregates operation’s equipment and technology focus is the equipment down on the quarry floor, producers are also seeking the latest innovations for moving material and portable machinery out the front gate and up the highway. Here are some recent product launches focusing on trucks, tires, trailers, diagnostics and vehicle scales. Read More
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Thumbnail Sept. 29, 2015 – It is going to be tough medicine for Big Yellow. Caterpillar has announced significant restructuring and cost reduction actions that are expected to lower operating costs by about $1.5 billion annually once fully implemented, according to the company. These steps will begin in late 2015 and reflect recent, current and expected market conditions. For 2015, the company’s sales and...

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Thumbnail Terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) recently added 5- x 16-ft. and 6- x 16-ft. two- and three-deck screens to its revolutionary line of “V” Series horizontal screens. Customers can enhance their operation by replacing their existing triple shaft screens with the “V” Series screens, according to the company.

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Thumbnail Charles F. Potts, chairman of the board of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction & Materials, and past chairman (2008) of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), is the 2014 recipient of the George S. Bartlett Award. It was presented to him Sept. 30 during ARTBA’s National Convention in Philadelphia.
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Thumbnail Metso opened a new service center in Mesa, Ariz. The Mesa facility provides services for Metso's customers in the mining, aggregates and process industries. An official grand opening and open house event for the Mesa service center was held on Sept. 18, 2015.

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Thumbnail Superior Industries Inc. named Mike Schultz its product manager for the company’s new crushing equipment product solutions. Schultz comes to Superior with two decades of past experience in the construction aggregates and metal mining industries.

120th Anniversary Celebration

Thumbnail In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1920-1930.  
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Frac Sand Transloading Terminal to Move 550,000 TPY

Canadian National (CN) announced it will start serving a new state-of-the art frac sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, starting in November 2013.

The new 20-acre facility being built by Di-Corp of Edmonton will have an annual throughput capacity of 550,000 tons of frac sand and have three tracks capable of holding 44 rail cars for unloading.

Trevor Derksen, vice-president of marketing at Di-Corp, a distributor of specialty chemicals, parts and accessories serving mining and drilling industries in Canada and the United States, said: “We are very pleased to be working with CN on this project in northwestern Alberta to help accommodate existing and expected growth in frac sand demand in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. CN is an outstanding partner, providing cost-effective and reliable logistics services from frac sand origin in the Wisconsin Basin to destinations in Western Canada.”

“Di-Corp is an important customer of ours, and we expect to help the company move more frac sand to energy markets, said Doug MacDonald, CN vice-president, industrial products. “The new transloading terminal will create additional offloading and storage capacity at destination and also give our origin frac sand producers in the U.S. Midwest, Manitoba and elsewhere greater supply chain efficiencies and new market opportunities.”

CN is investing significantly in its frac sand franchise. CN announced last month it was accelerating work on the $33 million-upgrading of a 74-mile rail line between Wisconsin Rapids and Blair, Wis., to increase car-loading capacity and train velocity for growing frac sand supply chains. In 2012, CN spent $35 million to restore a 40-mile rail line between Ladysmith and Poskin, Wis., to serve the frac sand market.

“Customers are at the forefront of CN’s business agenda. Through Operational and Service Excellence and continuing innovation, CN is focused on creating value for its customers and transforming the railway into a true supply chain enabler,” said MacDonald.