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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 thumbnailThe new Cat 824K Wheel Dozer builds on the solid performance of predecessor models with engineering refinements in its power train, operator station and structures, and in features that enhance safety, serviceability and machine management. With a net power rating of 405 hp (302 kW) and a maximum operating weight of 74,966 lb. (34,004 kg), the 824K is available with six blade configurations...

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 thumbnailHitachi America Ltd. announced the appointment of Masaya Watanabe as president and CEO. Watanabe succeeds Kenji Nakamura, who has been appointed advisor to CMO, Corporate Sales and Marketing Group of Hitachi Ltd. The appointments will be effective Oct. 1, 2014.

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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.

NSSGA Commends House on WRRDA Bill


The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2013 on an overwhelmingly favorable vote of 417 to 3. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), ranking committee member Nick Joe Rahall (D-W.Va.) with Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and ranking subcommittee member Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) are to be congratulated for shepherding this bill through the Committee and the House on a bipartisan basis.

“With the passage of this bill, NSSGA hopes Congress will return to a biannual process for approving water resources development legislation, which authorizes important navigation, flood control, recreation, and environmental protection projects,” said Michael Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “Congress also should fully fund the projects through the Energy & Water Appropriations bill. Too often projects are halted or slowed due to inadequate funding resulting in longer completion timelines and higher costs. Fully funding important water infrastructure projects will return dividends to the American people through an increasingly efficient water transportation network, better environmental protection, and increased recreational opportunities.”

NSSGA supported WRRDA, which is a vital piece of legislation aimed at strengthening America’s vast water transportation network. The House action demonstrates that lawmakers can work together to draft and pass major legislation to improve the nation’s aging infrastructure. NSSGA urged House and Senate leaders to appoint conferees without delay in order to speed strategic investments in the bill that are necessary throughout the United States.

NSSGA also thanked its Aggregates in Action grassroots who contacted their House members to urge passage. Fully funding important water infrastructure projects will return dividends to the American people through an efficient water transportation network, better environmental protection and increased recreation opportunities.