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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailNov. 25, 2014 – Training is an essential part of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) mission to keep miners safe and healthy. In order to do a more effective job of delivering its training resources, MSHA has rearranged its web-based presentation of training materials on workplace safety and health.

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailThree updated models join John Deere’s industry-leading K-Series Four-Wheel Drive Wheel Loader lineup. The 744K-II, 824K-II, and 844K-II meet Final Tier 4 emissions standards while bringing added durability, productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs to the jobsite.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailFormer U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, appearing on 60 MINUTES, said that many of the roads and bridges we drive on every day are “on life support.”
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailNovember marks the 45th anniversary of Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. which was co-founded by L.B. "Phil" Philippi (Pat Hagenbuch's Father) and LeRoy Hagenbuch, P.E. Since its founding, PHIL has grown into an international company focusing on innovations for haulage equipment that has a wide reach, yet retains its modest, family owned footprint...

People on the Move

article thumbnailSuperior Industries Inc. has hired industry veteran John Garrison as a new business development manager. Garrison’s strong experience in bulk processing will be used to develop new opportunities for Superior’s portable plants product line, its design-build division and the company’s new wet processing division, the company said.

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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Nov. 14 is $3.421. That is higher than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.359.

WISA Members Go Green


According to the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA), three member companies were accepted into the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier program for environmental stewardship.

The companies are Badger Mining Corp., Unimin and the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co./Fairmont Minerals.

To be accepted, applicants must have a good environmental record, commit to superior environmental performance and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). Specific environmental performance strategies are established by the participant, allowing each company to commit to environmental activities that are sensitive to their unique strengths and opportunities, DNR said.

“What they’re looking for in the Green Tier program is companies that go beyond regulation when it comes to safety, health and environmental and are focusing on continuing improvement,” Lauren Evans, sustainable development coordinator for Fairmount Minerals, told WQOW TV.
Green Tier requires companies to develop plans like at Fairmount Minerals in Menomonie where they're striving to reduce waste from site operation by 20 percent from last year.

The DNR says more than 200 facilities are involved through close to 80 companies statewide in the Green Tier program. Two other WISA member companies, U.S. Silica and Superior Silica Sands, have applied for membership in the Green Tier Program, and are working their way through the process, the association said.