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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailFebruary 24, 2015 – Aggregates industry professionals who want to see the latest product innovations – and discover the latest industry best practices – are headed to the 2015 AGG1 exhibition in Baltimore, March 17-19. Show organizers tell me that:

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailWhen you expect reliability and performance throughout your entire operation, count on Baldor Electric Co. Baldor will be featuring its new line of high-performance crusher duty motors that comply with the United states Department of Energy Integral horsepower rule set to take effect June 1, 2016.

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 thumbnailStockpile Reports, an online service that delivers accurate stockpile volume, tonnage and pile locations using an Apple iPhone device, Aerial, Walking Wheel, GPS or Laser data was awarded a contract for stockpile measurements from the TxDOT beginning in 2015.

People on the Move

article thumbnailBridgestone Commercial, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), announced the appointment of a new president in the commercial tire division. As president, Commercial OTR, Taylor Cole will be responsible for leading Bridgestone’s North American commercial and strategic direction. Cole will be instrumental in harnessing resources for continued growth of the division,...

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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Feb. 10 is $2.571. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.589.

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.