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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailJune 28, 2015 – Land surveyors discovered a mummy that could be 2,000 years old on the site of the planned Singleton Stone quarry in south Lake County, Ind., and archaeologists are investigating whether they stumbled onto a Native American burial ground.

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailThe Masaba Portable C125 Plant allows for efficient transportation. This unit features a Grizzly Hopper Module that hydraulically lifts off the wide flange beam chassis for travel.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailRon DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corp. is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the 2014 “ARTBA Award.” It was presented at an April 14 luncheon during the association’s Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailVolvo Group North America achieved its goal of reduced energy consumption in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge five years earlier than anticipated. Volvo Group’s goal had been a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption at its eight U.S. manufacturing plants between 2009 and 2020. By the end of 2014, Volvo Group, one of only 11 companies to meet its...

People on the Move

article thumbnailKPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens hired Said Vivas Saenz as its new regional contract sales manager for Mexico and Central America.  

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The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of June 5 is $2.623. That is higher than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.613.

Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.