A Breedon Apart

The news was not totally unexpected, it had been rumored for a while, but it just got real real: Breedon has entered the U.S. construction materials market. Breedon Group plc, in case you are not aware, is a leading vertically integrated construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland. Breedon holds “1 billion tonnes of mineral reserves and resources with…

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AASHTO Warns Congress on Potential Highway Funding Lapse

March 4, 2024 – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Feb. 26 requesting action to prevent a “potential lapse of critical highway funds” provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA at the end of the current fiscal year. AASHTO said the lapse risk is driven by the unprecedented growth of…

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Coal-Based Product Could Replace Sand in Concrete

A study by Rice University researchers found that graphene derived from metallurgical coke, a coal-based product, could serve not only as a reinforcing additive in cement but also as a replacement for sand in concrete. “This could have a major impact on one of the biggest industries in the world,” said James Tour, Rice’s T. T. and W. F. Chao…

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Awash in Success

EIW Sand Plants Have Served Silvi Materials Well Over The Past 25 Years. By Mark S. Kuhar Silvi Materials is a construction-materials supplier with 25 different locations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The family-owned business was founded in 1947 by Laurence Silvi to help companies, contractors and homeowners build a better future. Today, with sons John Silvi and Laurence Silvi…

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Don’t Settle for Settling Ponds

Water Clarifiers And Specially Formulated Polymer Flocculants 
Can Eliminate The Need For Settling Ponds At Aggregate Plants. Edited by Mark S. Kuhar Sophisticated water clarifiers and specially formulated polymer flocculants can eliminate the need for settling ponds at aggregate plants by providing clarified water and easy-to-handle solids. For quarries that process crushed rock, sand, aggregate or dimensional stone, or mines…

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Price Management

Rock Products interviews Ksenia Yemelyanova of Price Bee 
About Analytics, The Market, Customers And Price Strategies. By Mark S. Kuhar Price management has become necessary in our industry, especially after the last few years of high inflation. How did you come to specialize in this area and what particular roles have you had that qualify you as an expert in…

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Greenfield Plant, Growing Market

Luck Stone Digs In At Its New Fairfield Operation In South Carolina, 
A Greenfield Start-Up Poised To Serve Local Growth And Development. By Mark S. Kuhar The area north of Columbia, S.C., is growing. With increasing population, businesses relocating to the region and a major university to the South, there will be rising infrastructure needs for the foreseeable future. Luck…

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