Permitting Update: Tennessee

A rock quarry located near a Jefferson County elementary school must halt its operations following a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Tuesday. The quarry off of Highway 25 roughly 200 yards away from Piedmont Elementary has been met with community concerns over noise, dust, and regular blasting activity. Community members hired a lawyer in an effort to halt work…

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Permitting Update: New York

The latest plan to quintuple the size of the Padua Ridge gravel mine is inadequate to protect its neighbor, the Watkins Glen State Park, from a host of potentially severe environmental risks, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation declared last week. The developer’s 784-page draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) fails to fully address multiple threats, including stormwater…

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Women in Aggregates Hosts Panel, Mixer at AGG1

On the first day of AGG1, Women in Aggregates (WIA) – formed by SEMCO Publishing, the parent company of Rock Products magazine – sponsored a successful AGG1 Academy session and networking mixer at the Music City Center in Nashville. The interactive “Finding the Next Generation of Women in the Aggregates Industry” panel featured Resa Furey, marketing & business development manager, Global Mining…

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Department of Labor to Honor Workers Whose Jobs Claimed Their Lives

When the nation first observed Workers Memorial Day on April 28, 1970, an estimated 38 U.S. workers suffered fatal on-the-job injuries each day and many more endured debilitating respiratory diseases and other life-altering illnesses related to workplace exposures. Today, work-related injuries in the U.S. claim about 15 people’s lives a day. In 2022, a reported 5,486 workers suffered fatal injuries,…

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Planting Mustard Seeds

Earlier this year, Jessica Palmer, executive director of the South Carolina Aggregates Association, shared an association LinkedIn post, simply titling it “Mustard Seeds.” The post highlights the importance of engaging the next generation and exposing them to the opportunities that exist in the trades. It noted that “change starts with us, and often times, making the greatest impact is as…

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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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First Look – April 2024

TOP NEWS Breedon GroupBreedon Group plc, a vertically integrated construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland, announced the acquisition of BMC Enterprises Inc. The price was $300 million. BMC is a supplier of ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and building products headquartered in St Louis, with a strong track record of both organic and transactional growth. Rogers GroupRogers Group Inc. (RGI)…

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Knife River Publishes 2023 Sustainability Report

Knife River Corp. has published its first sustainability report as a stand-alone company. The report highlights the commitments Knife River has made to sustainable business practices. “At Knife River, our core values of People, Safety, Quality and the Environment guide our sustainability efforts,” said Brian Gray, Knife River president and CEO. “Our sustainability report showcases how each of these values…

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