Rock Products - The Leading Voice of the Aggregate Industries.
  • MINExpo Revisited

    MINExpo Revisited

    The World’s Largest Mining Show Had Something for Everyone, Aggregates Producers Included. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • Handling Harsh Conditions

    Handling Harsh Conditions

    C&E Concrete’s Articulated Haulers Key to Production at Rock Dust Operation. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • Pitfalls at the Pit

    Pitfalls at the Pit

    Here Are Seven Common Things You Should NOT Do When Problem Solving. By Ryan Brown Read More
  • Material Handling Roundup

    Material Handling Roundup

    Updates, Innovations and Improvements to Keep Aggregates Producers Moving Material Effectively. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Nov. 11, 2016 – Academy Blasting is offering its popular "Mechanics of Rock Blasting" course to Rock Products' readers at a special 10 percent discount.
Read All

Prime-Time Products

Titan International Inc. (Titan Tires) added an 875/65R29 size to its proven STL2+ line. This new addition is specially suited to Cat 982M wheel loaders, and adds to the existing...
Read All

Manufacturers in Focus

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced its 2017 officers as well as those elected to the AEM board of directors and AG and CE sector boards.
Read All

People on the Move

Chaney Enterprises announced the promotion of Francis H. (Hall) Chaney III, to president. Previously executive vice president, Chaney assumes responsibility for all aspects of the Gambrills, Md.-based concrete manufacturer, aggregate...
Read All

Rock Stars

John Malinowski, Baldor Electric Co.’s senior director of industry affairs, received the MS’16 award at the 2016 Motor Summit in Zurich, Switzerland. The MS’16 award recognizes his contributions in making...
Read All

Distributor News

Terramac, a leading manufacturer of innovative rubber track crawler carriers, expanded its representation in the North American market to include Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. as part of its dealer network. Kirby-Smith will represent the versatile Terramac product line in Oklahoma.
Read All

Resource Center

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.