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Wedding Bells

marriageMarch 7, 2012 – Congratulations to National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Jennifer Joy Pinniger (the association executive formerly known as Jennifer Joy Wilson) on her recent nuptials. She and her new husband Miles were married Feb. 18 in Alexandria, Va. So when you see the name, no, NSSGA doesn't have a new president. Same president, same job, same Joy, just a different last name. We wish her many years of wedded bliss.

Fatality #2

MSHAshovelMarch 5, 2012  –  On Feb. 14, 2012, a 40-year-old mine owner with eight years of experience was killed at a shale operation, according to MSHA. The victim was operating an excavator with a rock breaker attachment. He was breaking and mining material from a near vertical wall when the face fell onto the cab of the excavator, crushing him. This is the 2nd fatality reported in calendar year 2012 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2011, there was one fatality reported in these industries. This is the first "Fall of Highwall" fatality in 2012.

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Preliminary Production Numbers Released

usgsFebruary 22, 2012 – The sneak peek isn't what we hoped. A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that an estimated 273 million metric tons of crushed stone were produced in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 348 mmt in the third quarter of last year, a 22 percent decline. Preliminary year-to-date production was 1,130 mmt for 2011 compared to 1,160 mmt in 2010, a 3 percent decrease. 

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Your Stupid Amendments

CongressFebruary 20, 2010 - Memo to Congress. Keep your stupid non-germane amendments off of our transportation bill! One of the most odious tools at a Congressperson's disposal is the ability to attach an amendment onto a bill that has absolutely nothing to do with the bill. Whatever a Congressman's particular issue of the moment, he has the chance to address it at the expense of a larger bill.

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In with a Bang

ISEEbannerFebruary 14, 2012 – Blogging live again today on the third day of the International Society of Explosives Engineers 38th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. The event is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. This event has been very well attended, and exhibitors and attendees alike seem to be optimistic about the market right now. One exhibitor told me that quarries in some of the U.S. regions they cover are starting to expand blasting operations, a good sign that a market turnaround isn't far behind.

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