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    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 1911-1920.   Read More
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    New Birmingham Inc.’s New Excavator Helps Increase Cycle Times and Production. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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    Lakeview Sand and Gravel Invests in Two New Loaders to Reduce Operating Costs. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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    The Latest Developments in Loading and Hauling Technology From the Industry’s Top Manufacturers. By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Smith   Read More
  • Rock Products 120th Anniversary - Part 1

    In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th-Year Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1896-1901.   Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailAugust 18, 2015 – One month ago, an elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed amid heavy rains in the California desert, injuring one driver, stranding many others and halting travel for thousands by cutting off both directions of the main corridor between Southern California and Arizona.

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article thumbnailThe sun doesn’t work around the clock, but quarry operations often do. Quarry workers sometimes need powerful and reliable lighting that sets up quickly in order to extend hours and work safely. The Paladin Case Light CL10K was designed for brightness and mobility when it’s needed most, and where plugging into an outlet isn’t an option.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailRon DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corp. is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the 2014 “ARTBA Award.” It was presented at an April 14 luncheon during the association’s Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailFor years, McLanahan Corp. has serviced customers throughout Latin America using a team of international sales people and a representative network in the area. Market growth has increased the demand for a team based in this region, which is why McLanahan is opening a new location in Santiago, Chile.

People on the Move

article thumbnailPatrick Dunne joined the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) as director of communications, and will lead the day-to-day communications efforts for the association.  

120th Anniversary Celebration

article thumbnailIn 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 1911-1920.  
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New Frac Sand Mine on Track for Approval in Minnesota


A proposed frac sand mine in the Buffalo County, Minn., town of Dover appears to be back on track weeks after developers missed a deadline to modify the project, though its ultimate approval is still uncertain, according to the Winona Daily News.

The county’s zoning committee recently voted 3-1 to approve the conditional-use permit and sent it along to the Buffalo County Board of Adjustment for a final vote, with advisory positions both for and against approving it.

The Dover Town Board has called for the permit to be denied, saying the developers have not provided enough clear and detailed information on the project. The zoning committee recommends approving it, but with conditions.

The county zoning committee said the project developer, River Valley Sands of Utica, Minn., should furnish neighboring landowners in Dover with land value protections, as well as descriptions of how it will monitor and protect air and water quality. It should also disclose the chemicals it plans to use to wash sand at the site.

Zoning supervisors Tom Taylor, Fay Passow of Belvidere and Dennis Youngbauer voted in favor of recommending approval. Jim Ziegeweid of Glencoe voted against, saying he stood with the town of Dover.