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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailSept. 17, 2014 – I am blogging live this week from Denver, where KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are holding their annual National Dealer Conference. 

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailKomatsu America Corp. formally introduced its HM300-5 articulated dump truck, which was exhibited earlier this year at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014. Featuring a net 324 hp (242 kW), the HM300-5 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailLafarge North America's Presque Isle Quarry in MIchigan celebrated its 60th anniversary by hosting its first annual Stoneport 5K Quarry Run/Walk on Aug., 28, 2014, to benefit the Cancer Center at Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC). 
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailSandvik Construction appointed Crusher Works as the official distributor of its surface drills line in Alabama. Crusher Works will not only be supplying a comprehensive range of Sandvik surface drills, but will also be providing full after-sales support, spare parts and dedicated customer service.

People on the Move

article thumbnailBruno Roux was appointed president and chief executive officer for the Eastern Canada business unit of Lafarge Canada Inc. In his new role, Roux will serve as Lafarge's senior leader for all market areas and product lines in Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces. Roux will also join the Board of Directors of Lafarge Canada Inc.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices


The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Sept. 4 is $3.547. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.548.

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.