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Action, Camera, Shoot!

DirtyHarryBlog-400Oct. 7, 2014 – A quarry is going to be a movie star. Filming of "Where Heaven & Hell Collide," a military-themed movie, began recently at the Lafarge quarry operation in Lockport, NY. The film focuses on the stories of four wounded service members and is set to be released in 2016. According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, there was military vehicles in the area, simulated gunfire and small explosions. Of course maybe the most famous use of a quarry in film is the climactic scene of the movie "Dirty Harry," in which Clint Eastwood's Harry Calahan character finally confronts the serial killer Scorpio, played by Andy Robinson. It was filmed in Marin County, Calif., at the Hutchinson's Rock Quarry, on the site of what is now Larkspur Landing Shopping Center and Larkspur Shores Apartments. "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

Sticking it to Congress

October 3, 2014 – Kudos to Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), who issued this statement following the House’s vote on Wednesday to pass a short-term continuing resolution (C.R.) to fund the government through early December, and extend authorization of the Export-Import Bank for six months:AEM


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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

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.