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Bridging the Funding Gap

pennsylvania-county-map reducedSept. 23, 2014 – Big cheer for Pennsylvania for innovative infrastructure financing. More than 500 of Pennsylvania’s worst bridges will be replaced under a program that uses a private consortium to finance, design and build the bridges and then maintain them for 25 years. 

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Dealer Days

KPI GT206Sept. 17, 2014 – I am blogging live this week from Denver, where KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are holding their annual National Dealer Conference. 

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Astounding Quarry Find

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Sept. 9, 2014
– In September 1899, the Ohio-based Akron White Sand & Stone Co., managed by Champ N. Belden, assigned a small crew of men to work in the company’s quarry off Portage Path near the Northern Ohio Railroad tracks. Incorporated in 1891, the business only recently had resumed operations after suffering a devastating fire in 1893 and falling into receivership in 1895. From its quarry outside city limits, the company mined sandstone to grind into pure silica for use in glass, iron and steel works. What that work crew found while excavating a bluff astounded the local community. Read about it here.

Fatality #18

MSHASeptember 3, 2014 – MSHA is reporting that on August 25, 2014, a 54-year-old truck driver with one year of experience was killed at a limestone mine. The victim went to a storage building to get some wooden planks. He climbed a stack of loaded pallets to get to the planks that were near the rafters and fell approximately 8 ft. to the ground below. 

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SME Warns Feds to Bolster Minerals Supply Chain

SMEAugust 27, 2014 – We need more mining engineers! The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding its request for information about critical and strategic materials supply chains and their importance to American prosperity and national security. 

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