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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
  • Troubleshooting Conveyor Malfunctions

    Here are some common areas of concern with conveyor belts and how to quickly repair them while on the job. Read More
  • The Rock 100

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  • Rock Products 120th Anniversary - Part 3

    In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1911-1920. Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

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 KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens introduced the new-generation track-mounted GT125 Vanguard Jaw Crusher, which offers increased energy savings, reduced cost of operation and improved reliability.

Rock Stars

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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Manufacturers in Focus

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.

People on the Move

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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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Oct. 1 is $2.200. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.275.


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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.