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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

July 7, 2016 – BZ Media LLC announced the second in its series of critical examinations of the hype and reality behind certain vertical commercial drone markets, “The Truth About...
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A workhorse in mining and quarrying operations, the John Deere 870G LC production-class excavator follows in the footsteps of its G-Series counterparts with the addition of an EPA Final Tier...
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Manufacturers in Focus

Since 1968, ACS Industries has been in the business of providing attachments for large-scale earthmoving and construction equipment. In the aftermath of the recessionary economy of 2008 and 2009, the...
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People on the Move

Leon Luadzers – regional sales manager for Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. for 20 years – has retired effective June 30. He has held various positions with many aggregate-processing equipment manufacturing companies for...
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Rock Stars

Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., vice president of research at Tourney Consulting Group LLC in Kalamazoo, Mich., has received the Frank E. Richart Award from ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete...
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120th Anniversary Celebration

In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 2000-2009.
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Distributor News

During regional dealer meetings held in Savannah, Chicago, Las Vegas and Toronto, JCB North America presented its annual dealer awards to outstanding JCB dealerships in recognition of their exceptional efforts and achievements in 2015. Dealers of Excellence recipients were Northland...
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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.