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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailSept. 17, 2014 – I am blogging live this week from Denver, where KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are holding their annual National Dealer Conference. 

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailKomatsu America Corp. formally introduced its HM300-5 articulated dump truck, which was exhibited earlier this year at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014. Featuring a net 324 hp (242 kW), the HM300-5 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailLafarge North America's Presque Isle Quarry in MIchigan celebrated its 60th anniversary by hosting its first annual Stoneport 5K Quarry Run/Walk on Aug., 28, 2014, to benefit the Cancer Center at Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC). 
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailSandvik Construction appointed Crusher Works as the official distributor of its surface drills line in Alabama. Crusher Works will not only be supplying a comprehensive range of Sandvik surface drills, but will also be providing full after-sales support, spare parts and dedicated customer service.

People on the Move

article thumbnailHitachi America Ltd. announced the appointment of Masaya Watanabe as president and CEO. Watanabe succeeds Kenji Nakamura, who has been appointed advisor to CMO, Corporate Sales and Marketing Group of Hitachi Ltd. The appointments will be effective Oct. 1, 2014.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices


The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Sept. 4 is $3.547. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.548.

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.