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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailOct. 29, 2014 – I am blogging live this week from Peoria, Ill., where Caterpillar is holding a product exhibition for members of the trade press.

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailContiTech has developed the steel cable conveyor belt STAHLCORD Barrier for less conveyor belt damage and a long service life in opencast mining. With its new sturdy steel transverse reinforcement in the top cover, the conveyor belt is two to three times more resistant to impact breaks than conventional steel cord conveyor belts without transverse reinforcement, the company said. “These...

Rock Stars

article thumbnailIf there is a company on the grow, it is Summit Materials. Chief Executive Officer Tom Hill is the driving force behind the company, which has made a number of acquisitions this year. Tom has also held a variety of leadership roles in the transportation industry. He served as Chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association from 2002 to 2004. He helped develop legislative...
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailYokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) announced  it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana, Calif. to accommodate business growth. The move is expected to take place in November.

People on the Move

article thumbnailCaterpillar’s Board of Directors has appointed Phil Kelliher to replace Pablo Koziner as vice president with responsibility for the Americas Distribution Services Division. Kelliher’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Latest Digital Issue

The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Oct. 7 is $3.473. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.508.

Review Process for Frac Sand Plants Being Discussed


The Buffalo County Land Resources Department is drafting guidelines to help towns review proposed frac sand mining projects, according to the Winona Daily News. The guidelines are the next step toward allowing towns to have direct input on proposals in their jurisdiction, a plan the county included in its updated frac sand regulations earlier this year.

Towns now have advisory say in approving or denying applications. While town boards are in charge of running their own meetings and review processes, a guide created by land resources is intended to help address common issues and questions that arise, particularly because the land resources staff has limited resources.

Staff participation at town board meetings would be limited to the first review of an application, mostly to answer questions and provide general information.

Zoning technician Peter Stoltman said land resources should play a limited role in mining permit reviews at the town level.