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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 thumbnailTerex Construction appointed Gary Dennis as vice president and general manager of Terex Construction Americas and Global Aftermarket. In support of Terex Construction’s continued focus on customer responsiveness and process improvement, Dennis will work with the company’s teams in Southaven, Miss., and Rothenburg, Germany, to ensure that Terex Construction Americas is well-positioned to meet...

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.

Permit Approval Raises Eyebrows


The Town of Bridgeport, Minn.'s decision to approve two permits for a controversial frac sand mine had conflict-of-interest issues, including those involving two Planning Commission members who had family working for the mining company at the time of their vote, according to a lawsuit.

The complaint was filed in Crawford County Circuit Court a day before the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board is expected to vote on whether to issue a permit for a frac sand mine, which would be located near the Iowa border a few miles east of the Mississippi River, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Plans for the frac sand mine are controversial because of its location partially on land that is protected for its natural beauty.

There are about 100 frac sand mines in the state. Sand in Wisconsin is used in hydraulic fracturing in other parts of the nation and world to obtain natural gas.
Some members of the Riverway Board said in a memo the mine was a bad idea but that a "loophole" in state law might require the board to approve the permit.

The lawsuit alleges Bridgeport Planning Commission members had conflicts: Linda Smrcina's son-in-law and Troy Smrcina's brother-in-law worked for the mining company when they voted on the permit. That information was not made public at the time of the vote, the filing said.

The lawsuit asks for the court to void the two permits granted by the town. An environmental organization, the Crawford Stewardship Project, and neighbors of the mine site filed the suit.

Mark Cupp, executive director of the Riverway Board, said the lawsuit should not change the board's decision-making process. The lawsuit also says zoning ordinances were violated because the town did not consider potential ill effects from the mine.