Martin Marietta Initiates Entrance Sign Project

A companywide effort is underway to ensure every Martin Marietta Materials operation greets its community warmly while meeting a newly established set of high aesthetic guidelines. “It started when we began reviewing our standard Martin Marietta entrance signs and how those signs represent our business to the community,” said Kansas City District Vice President-General Manager Matt Rosenthal. “From there, we…

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Free Opioid Guide Provides Practical Tips, Sample Policies

By Mark S. Kuhar Miners in the aggregates industry are at an increased risk to opioid harms such as addiction and overdose. Research shows that they are more likely than other workers to be prescribed opioids for work-related pain, with prescriptions often being of a longer and higher dose than other workers.  To help industry employers create a positive difference…

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Sand Batteries May Be an Energy Saver

By Mark S. Kuhar A town in Finland is using sand batteries to provide home heating during winter. Sand batteries, you say? Tens of thousands of cubic meters of sand are heated from the generation of electricity with solar panels or wind turbines. Packed tightly in insulated silos, the sand can retain this heat for months without losing it. For…

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Building Mining Equipment Out of Lego Bricks

By Mark S. Kuhar  Unveiling new machinery and equipment for the mining industry is never a simple task due to their enormous size, let alone with today’s travel restrictions around the world. Recognizing this, Finnish machinery manufacturer Sleipner Finland Oy decided to launch its latest DB-series model in a completely new and unprecedented way: Sleipner asked Jesse Pyykkönen, 18, and…

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NASA Selects Three Universities to Develop Lunar Infrastructure Tech

By Mark S. Kuhar Three U.S. university-led proposals have been selected by NASA to develop technologies for living and working on the Moon, from using lunar resources for construction to developing electronics that can work in the Moon’s extremely cold temperatures. “Creating the technologies we need to explore the Moon requires leveraging expertise from and partnering with academia and industry…

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Company Seeks to Grow Cement

By Mark S. Kuhar The only company in the world using biology to commercially produce cement, Biomason, employs natural microorganisms to grow biocement in ambient temperatures without emitting carbon dioxide.  Yes, you heard that right. Laboratory grown cement. Its patented biocement technology mimics nature’s use of carbon as a building block, creating cement in a biological, circular system, rather than…

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The Romans Built Roads to Last Thousands of Years

By Mark S. Kuhar It is estimated that the Roman road network was about 250,000 miles long, out of which about 50,000 miles were paved with stone. Like arteries, these marvelous feats of engineering ferried goods and services rapidly and safely, connecting Rome, “the capital of the world,” to the farthest stretches of the empire, and facilitated troop movements to…

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A 15,889 Ft. World Record

By Mark S. Kuhar Lundin Mining and its Eagle underground nickel mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula recently worked alongside luxury carmaker Porsche to set a new Guinness World Record: the greatest altitude change ever achieved by an electric car. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo went from the lowest accessible point, at a depth of 1,774.4 ft. below sea level at…

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Granite Celebrates 100th Anniversary

By Mark S. Kuhar Granite celebrated its centennial on Jan. 4. Founded 100 years ago in Watsonville, Calif., Granite has grown into one of our nation’s largest civil infrastructure contractors and construction materials producers. Granite works in multiple end-markets from Guam to Alaska to Florida and many points in between.  Granite President and CEO Kyle Larkin wrote the following open…

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​​Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments

By Mark S. Kuhar As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain disruptions, according to a new report released by TRIP,…

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