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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...

Prime-Time Products

Thumbnail Terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) recently added 5- x 16-ft. and 6- x 16-ft. two- and three-deck screens to its revolutionary line of “V” Series horizontal screens. Customers can enhance their operation by replacing their existing triple shaft screens with the “V” Series screens, according to the company.

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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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.