A Rock Products Special Report: Refuting the Flawed Michigan State University Silicosis Study

A controversial study by a Michigan State University (MSU) research assistant – “Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel and Stone Surface Mine Workers” – that suggests an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state compared to the rate for production workers in other industries – is fundamentally flawed, according to Rock…

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Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding availability of up to $1 million in grants through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help the mining community identify, avoid and prevent unsafe and unhealthy working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. Established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, the program’s…

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Peckham Employees Save Man’s Life With Quick Action

Tommy Faxon was in the right place at the right time on the morning of June 9. Faxon, owner of Tommy Faxon Excavation, was displaying symptoms of a heart-related emergency while unloading a tanker at Peckham’s PARCO terminal at Union Street in Athens, N.Y. Scott Pooters, the company’s Liquid Division manager, was nearby as this was happening, along with fellow…

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Holcim to Acquire SES Roofing and Insulation Business

Holcim has entered into an agreement to acquire SES Foam LLC, the biggest independent spray foam insulation company in the United States, with 2022 (est.) net sales of $200 million. SES has a track record of double-digit growth, with advanced energy-efficiency and bio-based solutions for new and green retrofitting projects. This transaction adds to Holcim’s recent acquisitions, from Firestone Building Products…

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Feds Invest More than $74 Million for Critical Minerals Mapping

The Department of the Interior announced that, thanks to a substantial investment from The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more than $74.6 million will be distributed in 30 states to invest in geoscience data collection, mapping, data preservation and scientific interpretation of areas with potential for critical minerals, under the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. …

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TACA Meeting Addresses Construction Materials Industry Opportunities, Challenges

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) welcomed more than 520 attendees to its 68th Annual Meeting June 15-17 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Highlights included presentations by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) and FMI Capital Advisors, helping TACA member companies navigate a complex economic, political and post-pandemic environment.

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Holcim North America to Scale up Mineralization Technology

Holcim North America announced a financial investment in Blue Planet Systems Corp., to support the development and commercialization of their mineralization technology. Blue Planet’s novel process sequesters carbon emissions into aggregate that can make concrete carbon-negative. Each tonne of Blue Planet’s aggregate can mineralize up to 440 kg of CO2, preventing it from emitting into the atmosphere. Blue Planet’s CCUS…

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