Stay Hydrated in Hot Weather

June 24, 2022 – It’s hot out there, and in the quarry, they are working hard. National Hydration Day is recognized on June 23 to remind us that hydration is vital to our health and wellbeing. While staying hydrated may seem like a simple task, lack of hydration can lead to heat illness, heat stroke and even death. Staying hydrated is especially important…

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Mastering Stratification

June 23, 2022 – A feature in the June issue of Rock Products, “Mastering Stratification to Increase Productivity” makes the case that increased stratification leads to a greater quantity of fine material passing through the open area of the screen media, increasing the effective capacity of the machine. The article was written by Matthew Armstrong, a business development analyst at MAJOR. Stratification is essential for effective screening. Increased…

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Striking Out in Illinois

June 20, 2022 – Strikes are bad for business. A strike among construction equipment operators that began last week against three companies that operate 35 quarries throughout Illinois is affecting roadwork in Westchester, Ill., according to the Village Free Press. Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers went on strike on June 7. The union called the strike against…

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Commanders Seek Chantilly Crushed Stone Site

June 16, 2021 – Negotiations between the Washington Commanders football team and economic leaders in Loudoun County, Va., are continuing despite the failure of a stadium financing package that would have given owner Dan Snyder hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for the stadium, according to WUSA9 news. But if the Commanders want to build its new stadium in…

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The Nation’s Top Producing States

June 15, 2022 – In the recent quarterly production report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the five leading aggregates-producing states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Arizona. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 169 million metric tons (Mt) and increased by 10.5% when compared with that of the same period of 2021. Specifically for crushed stone,…

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Illinois Picks a State Rock

June 10, 2022 – It only took 400 million years, but dolostone has been named Illinois’ official state rock. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the declaration into law earlier this week, crediting a group of suburban Chicago elementary and middle school students for pushing the legislation through Springfield, according to WTTW. “You couldn’t have picked a rock that better represents Illinois,” Pritzker said.…

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MDU Resources Recognized for Gender-Balanced Board of Directors

June 8, 2022 – Kudos to MDU Resources Group Inc., parent company of Knife River Corp., which was recognized by 50/50 Women on Boards for having a gender-balanced board of directors. MDU Resources’ board is composed of nine directors. Four women, Karen B. Fagg, Patricia L. Moss, Dale S. Rosenthal and Chenxi Wang, currently serve on the board. “We seek and…

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Read the New Aggregates Industry Market Report

June 1, 2022 – Capstone Partners has released its latest Aggregates Industry Market Report, offering insight into merger and acquisition activity, capital markets trends, aggregate production and pricing. The report is provided exclusively to Rock Products. The Aggregates sector has continued to benefit from robust construction demand, despite persistent supply chain disruptions and rising inflation. The merger and acquisition (M&A) market has remained…

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A Superior Article

May 24, 2022 – I recently had a great conversation with Jarrod Felton, a senior vice president at Superior Industries Inc. The company is on a multi-year growth trajectory and has greatly expanded its market presence, introducing a series of new or improved products; adding a number of respected industry professionals to its team; and expanding its dealer network. Superior…

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