The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) hosted a meeting and a tour of the Springfield Pike Quarry with leaders in government, industry and higher education. PACA member Lehigh Hanson and its parent company, HeidelbergCement Group, hosted the event to highlight the safety protocols in the Springfield Pike Quarry, which was honored with the Sentinel award in 2019 by the National Mining Association.
Attendees of the meeting and tour included Sekhar Bhattacharyya, chair of the Mining Engineering Program at Penn State University, state Rep. Ryan Warner, Nick Troutman and Matt Osenbach from state Sen. Gene Yaw’s office, Emily Eyster from state Sen. Carolyn Comitta’s office, staff from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Aggregates Advisory Board members.
“PACA is proud to partner with Lehigh Hanson to inform and educate our government, industry and higher education leaders about the safe production of aggregate that comes from the Springfield Pike Quarry and quarries like it,” said PACA President and CEO Peter Vlahos. “We’re confident this event will leave our attendees with a better understanding of the aggregate industry’s focus on safe mining practices and our commitment to furthering the use of construction materials to benefit the commonwealth.”
In operation since the 1960s, the Springfield Pike Quarry is one of three active underground room and pillar operations mining the Loyalhanna Limestone formation. Operated by Hanson Aggregates, the mine produces and sells approximately one million tons of aggregate annually. The products produced at Springfield Pike mine are used primarily in the production of hot mix asphalt, ready mixed concrete, and general road and building construction.