NSSGA Awards Deadline Approaching

April 15, 2021 – According to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), there are just nine days left for members to submit applications for a Safety Excellence, Environmental Excellence and/or Community Relations Excellence Award. By applying, members have the opportunity to showcase their facilities’ 2020 activities. Operations will then be put in the running to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. To get started with…

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Biden Seeks 2022 Transportation Increases

April 13, 2021 – According to media reports, President Joe Biden has submitted a $1.5 trillion fiscal 2022 budget plan that includes a 14% increase in discretionary funding for transportation systems and severe weather resilience programs. The budget request proposes to “build back better America’s highway, transit and rail systems nationwide; make historic investment in safety, equity, and climate change…

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Deere Innovations Revealed at Press Event

April 6, 2021 – Developed in response to evolving customer needs and expectations, John Deere launched its Performance Tiering Strategy at a virtual press conference, delivering a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience. Available first on the wheel loader lineup, the Performance Tiering Strategy supports customers by providing machine solutions built for various applications and jobs…

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The Biden Proposal

April 2, 2021 – President Joe Biden’s eight-year infrastructure plan is nothing if not ambitious. The proposal – part of The American Jobs Plan – would spend $621 billion on roads, bridges, public transit, rail, ports, waterways, airports and electric vehicles in the service of improving air quality, reducing congestion and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. I like roads and bridges part of…

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Biden Infrastructure Plan Comes This Week

March 29, 2021 – According to Politico, President Joe Biden is set to roll out his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, laying out details for a package that is about much, much more than just transportation. Roads, bridges, rail and transit remain at the center of it, though. Early reports suggest that the first part of the possible $3 trillion…

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Sandvik Top Hammer XL Launched Virtually

March 24, 2021 – At a special virtual product launch event, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions introduced the Top Hammer XL, its latest innovation in surface top hammer drilling. The new, groundbreaking drilling system, targeting large-scale quarry and surface mining customers, offers a faster, more fuel-efficient and more cost-effective way to drill holes 140 to 178 mm (5.5 to 7 in.)…

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Arcosa Scores Big

March 23, 2021 – Antonio Carrillo, president and chief executive officer of Arcosa, noted in the company’s recent quarterly report, “We expect to continue to deploy capital to strengthen our current market positions and expand our geographic footprint.” The company just did that in spades with the acquisition of StonePoint Materials, one of the 25 largest aggregates companies in the United…

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Infrastructure on the Front Burner

March 19, 2021 – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – speaking at the virtual South by Southwest festival – said that the United States has a “once in a century opportunity” to push forward infrastructure reforms and added that the country is on the verge of an “infrastructure season” that could potentially turn into an “infrastructure decade.” Buttigieg said that it is…

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Metso Outotec Makes Virtual Product Launch

March 17, 2021 – I had the privilege of being on-hand for an exciting virtual product launch. Metso Outotec debuted its Nordtrack I908 mobile impact crusher at its Liveroom, a new 360-degree digital event experience platform. Liveroom features 3D demonstrations of the Nordtrack range as well as a wealth of information on the aftermarket offering. The Nordtrack I908’s design is optimized for the smaller-sized…

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