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    A.F. Gelhar Diversifies to Produce Silica Sand for Use as Frac Sand. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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  • Rock Products 120th Anniversary

    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 1940-1949. Read More
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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Funding Levels Discussed

Nov. 23, 2015 – According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its estimates of the costs of the House surface...
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Prime-Time Products

Rockshield Custom Rubber Wear Components

Rockshield Rubber Co., Milltown, Wis., specializes in the manufacture of custom rubber wear components for the mining and aggregate industries. More than 40 years of industry experience combined with our...
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Rock Stars

Charlie Potts

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...
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Manufacturers in Focus

Liebherr Hosts Sales Seminar

More than 170 sales professionals, dealers, Liebherr representatives, customers and special guests gathered at Liebherr Construction Equipment's 2015 Sales Seminar and Open House held Nov. 2-6 at the Liebherr Construction...
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People on the Move

ALLU Group Names Chavez President, CEO

ALLU Group Inc. announced that Edgar J. Chavez will take over as president and CEO, replacing Mardi Ohanessian who will be retiring at the end of 2015.
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120th Anniversary Celebration

Rock Products 120th Anniversary - Part 5

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 1940-1949.
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Off-Highway Diesel Prices

The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Nov. 24 is $2.185. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.218.
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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.