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Take the 660 North

Cat660September 28, 2011 – I am blogging live this week from Caterpillar's CT660 vocational truck media event in Peoria, Ill., where I am the only aggregates industry editor-in-chief on hand to test drive Cat's new on-the-road vehicle. In driving both the manual and automatic versions of the truck, what becomes apparent is that the automatic version meets a critical industry need for a vehicle that is easy to drive.

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Safety in Action

HolcimLogoSeptember 26, 2011 – Some companies give lip service to safety, others create a safety culture through action. For the third consecutive year, Holcim (Canada) Inc. is dedicating a day to occupational health and safety. All of its 3,000 employees will take part in various activities to help them be more aware of the dangers that surround them in the workplace and work in a safer manner. This initiative complements the safety related activities implemented throughout the year.

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Production Decreases in Second Quarter

usgsSeptember 22, 2011 – Second quarter results are in. USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett reports that an estimated 535 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2010. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2011 was 857 Mt, a decrease of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2010.

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Bigger is Better

usgsSeptember 19, 2011 – Jason Willett at the USGS has supplied Rock Products with the latest list of the highest production single-site quarries in the United States. This year's list is slightly different than last year's. The top five quarries are: 1 – Beckmann Quarry, Bexar County, Texas (Martin Marietta Aggregates); 2 – Balcones Quarry, Comal County, Texas (Cemex SAB de C.V.); 3 – Ste. Genevieve Quarry, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. (Tower Rock Stone Co.); 4 – White Rock Quarry, Dade County, Fla. (Vecellio & Grogan Inc.); 5 – Georgetown Quarry, Williamson County, Texas (Texas Crushed Stone ). Look for the entire list in an upcoming issue of Rock Products.

The Road Connection

RoadConnectionSeptember 14, 2011 – Blogging live this week from New Orleans, where KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are holding their National Dealer Conference, which this year, comes with a major media announcement. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens announced a trailblazing campaign, “The Road Connection,” a year-long program designed to demonstrate the need for infrastructure funding and generate a legislative call-to-action.

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