You Make Your Own Luck

Jan. 25, 2023 – Almost 10 years ago, I visited Luck Stone’s Bull Run Quarry in Chantilly Va., to see a demonstration of an unmanned haul truck. “The company takes pride in its reputation as a collaborative partner that unearths innovative solutions to help our customers be more successful,” the company told me at the time. Well, it is still true today. The…

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Deere Teases 145 X-Tier Electric Excavator at CES

Jan. 12, 2023 – During a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023, John Deere CEO John May revealed two new technologies – the 145 X-Tier electric excavator and a high-tech planting system – designed to help customers be more productive, profitable and sustainable. John Deere Construction & Forestry is pursuing a stated goal of introducing more than 20…

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Feds Fund Transportation, Add Flexibility

Jan. 5, 2023 – The California Construction and Industrial Minerals Association (CalCIMA) reports that with the President’s signature on the recently passed Omnibus Spending bill, it ensures that funds for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will go to state and local governments this year. In addition, the legislation adds an amendment from Sens. Alex…

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Equipment Finance Outlook

By Mark S. Kuhar In what is likely to be a more challenging year for both the economy and the equipment finance industry, the 2023 forecast for equipment and software investment growth is 4.2%, according to the 2023 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook.  The report released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation also forecasts sluggish U.S. GDP…

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Happy New Year: See What We Have in Store

It’s the start of a new year, and I guarantee this is going to be a good one. Last month I recapped our 2022 developments, including Rock Products’ partnership with Burgex Inc. – the Utah-based consulting and data-analysis company – that resulted in an entirely reimagined version of Rock Products’ Aggregates Atlas; the launch of Cement Products magazine and the…

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Not Permitted

Dec. 12, 2022  – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that Northern Filter Media has operated just south of Muscatine, Iowa, for more than a hundred years, processing sand and gravel to be used in municipal water treatment plants and for other purposes. In 1985, the company installed a new burner in its dryer. The dryer was subsequently renovated in…

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Happy Miners Day

Dec. 6, 2022 –  Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Christopher J. Williamson issued the following statement in recognition of Dec. 6 as National Miners Day. “Each December, our nation marks National Miners Day to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of America’s miners. Our miners and their families deserve our gratitude for all they give – and have given – to strengthen our nation…

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A Banner Year

It was certainly a banner year for Rock Products. Looking back, 2022 was highlighted by advertising growth, new partnerships and strategic expansion of media offerings. At this year’s AGG1 show, we announced a partnership with Burgex Inc., the Utah-based consulting and data-analysis company. This partnership resulted in an entirely reimagined version of Rock Products’ Aggregates Atlas, which along with Burgex’s…

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