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Caterpillar Opens Visitor Center

797-renderingOctober 15, 2012 – I am blogging live this week at the grand opening of the new Caterpillar Visitor Center in Peoria, Ill. The Caterpillar Visitor Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure and powering the planet - it's all right here on Peoria's riverfront. With interactive exhibits, theaters and more, it is well worth a visit.

Moving Ahead

DOTOctober 7, 2012  - Things are "moving ahead." NSSGA reports that with the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation released several new "implementation documents" pertaining to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

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MINExpo 2012 a Huge Success

MINExpoOctober 1, 2012 - MINExpo 2012 was a huge success, and take it from someone who walked about 100 miles during the show, it was big. REAL big. Held every four years, the show, held in Las Vegas, filled 850,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, up 42 percent from its previous high in 2008; and featured an estimated 50,000 attendees, up about 30 percent from 38,000 four years ago. Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Rock Products!

Going Hollywood

MOB_Lincoln_ParkSeptember 17, 2012 - The sound of gunfire was recently heard coming from the old Elmhurst Chicago Stone Quarry located south of North Ave. on Illinois Route 83 in Elmhurst, Ill. It was simulated gunfire used in the filming of the new Fox television show "The Mob Doctor." Woodridge Productions Inc., in association with Sony Pictures Television, filmed scenes at the old quarry. The show stars Jordana Spiro as Dr. Grace Devlin.

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No Joy in Mudville

Wilson_Joy_2007September 10, 2012 - "There is no joy in Mudville/Mighty Casey has struck out" goes the famous poem. Well soon, there will be no Joy in the aggregates industry, as Mrs. Pittinger is leaving town. The news that Jennifer Joy Pittinger is departing as president of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association came out of the blue last week and hit like a ton of, well, stone. I remember well when Joy took over as head of the association, following in the footsteps of Bob Bartlett, the man who was well known for remembering the name and the college attended of everyone he knew. That was 16 years ago. Joy has accomplished much and seen the industry hit historic peaks, then come crashing back down during her tenure. Her enthusiastic presence will be missed at association events. Look for more about Joy's departure in an upcoming issue of Rock Products.