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    Major Announcements, Powerful Products and More from a Record-Breaking Show. ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4-8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers. Total registration of 129,364 soared past the last edition of the shows as they achieved the second-highest attendance in their history. The shows also set new records for exhibit space, number of exhibitors and education tickets sold. Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailAugust 23, 2014 – The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) has been ringing alarm bells about the Highway Trust Fund for more than a year. New numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office project the fund will run out of money by the end of August, which could cause significant disruptions during the busy summer construction season. AED stresses that the precarious fiscal position is the...

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article thumbnailBTI's fifth generation NT-E Series Rockbreaker stationary hydraulic boom system, which comes with the newly engineered PP60 Power Pack, is loaded with innovative features such as robust connections, improved pedestal mounting and common cylinders sizes.

Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailApril 8, 2014 – Astec Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Omagh, Northern Ireland-based Telestack Ltd. for $36 million.

People on the Move

article thumbnailApril 4, 2014 – W.S. Tyler has named Douglas Lima as its new service manager. Lima has 34 years of industry experience and has spent the past 16 years as a service technician with W.S. Tyler and its sister company, Haver & Boecker Latino Americana. He earned his engineering degree at the Methodist University of Piracicaba (UNIMEP) in Piracicaba São Paulo, Brazil.

LIVE from ConExpo-Con/Agg

article thumbnailMarch 8, 2014 - ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 concluded today, capping a hugely successful week of exhibits, educational sessions, product demonstrations and equipment introductions. Mining Media International and Rock Products were a visible presence at the show. Look for a full report both online and in upcoming print editions.
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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of April 8 is $3.691. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.720.

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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.