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Aug. 24, 2016 – According to the latest market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global construction aggregates market is anticipated to witness a year-over-year growth of 6.3 percent...
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Prime-Time Products

At MINExpo 2016, Sandvik will showcase the latest in its portfolio of equipment and services, ranging from a single drill bit to mine automation, at Central Hall booth C-7309.
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Manufacturers in Focus

The Stedman Machine Co. expanded its testing and toll-processing facility with two horizontal-shaft impactors and a vertical roller mill fine grinding system. Other full-size equipment includes cage mills, vertical shaft...
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People on the Move

On July 22, Mellott Company honored three long-term employees for their many years of service: Loren Leese, 40 years; Rodney Divelbliss, 38 years; and Paul Beegle, 30 years.
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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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Distributor News

Sandvik announced Ketchikan, Alaska-headquartered Tyler Rental Inc. [www.tylerrental.com] as its new distributor for surface and rotary drill rigs, rock tools, load & haul and mobile crushing & screening equipment throughout southeast Alaska. The dealer will not only be supplying a...
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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.