New Economic Impact Study Highlights Critical Role of Commercial Explosives 

The Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) released its first-ever economic impact study highlighting the importance of the commercial explosives industry at the national, state and congressional district levels. The study, based on 2023 data, revealed that the commercial explosives industry creates more than 60,000 jobs and contributes more than $19 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Considered the…

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Durex Hires Tate Sutton

Durex Products Inc. announced Tate Sutton as the newest addition to the Durex Team, joining the company as the business development manager for its Urethane Liners, Wear Parts and Accessories division. With a rich background spanning 16 years in sales and operations within the Ready-Mix industry across the Midwest, Sutton brings a wealth of firsthand experience.  “His deep understanding of the concrete…

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Bill Would Protect U.S. Corporate Interests Abroad

Congressman August Pfluger (R-Texas) introduced the Defending American Property Abroad Act, a crucial piece of legislation aimed at protecting American companies operating abroad, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. The need for this legislation has been underscored by recent actions taken by the Mexican government, which threaten the property rights of American companies, a news release said. For example, President Andrés…

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Permitting Update: South Carolina

Southwestern Edgefield County, not far from North Augusta, S.C., could gain a 600,000-ton-a-year crushed stone operation if state permitting comes through and the conditional use permit granted for what’s proposed as a 70-year investment by Luck Stone. The Virginia-based subsidiary of Luck Companies already has operations in Chester, Kershaw, Fairfield and Spartanburg counties. About two years’ surveying of the area…

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Buying American-Made Products is Good, Until it Isn’t

Buying American-made products used to be a tried and true mantra in the construction profession, but now, in an article on the ConExpo-Con/Agg website, Neil Gerrard writes, construction officials are warning contractors that incoming regulations on the source of construction products and materials could lead to further price rises in the sector.

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Dispatchers Need High-Tech Tools To Perform Their Duties Effectively And Efficiently.

By Mark S. Kuhar The dispatch office is the heart of every materials supplier. Their job is fast-paced, involves long hours, and several phone calls throughout the entire day trying to make on-time deliveries and maintaining high levels of production. Figuring out complex scheduling, working long hours, dealing with demanding clients – it’s a tough job. Not just anybody can…

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Proactive Leaders Treat Their Employees as Customers

Your Employees Are The Customers Of Your Management And Leadership Skills. By Steve Schumacher In this current atmosphere of mass resignations, people seeking more flexibility in jobs and difficulty filling positions, leaders are looking for techniques that keep employees motivated, productive, and willing to stay with the company. This has always been true, but the need for those techniques is…

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Orica Reduces Environmental Impact Of Blasting

Orica has successfully formulated the Fortis Protect range of bulk explosives that will minimize nitrate leaching risk arising from blasting operations, according to the company. Nitrate in mines’ effluent has the potential to cause long-term environmental damage due to prolonged periods of nitrates being washed out from historical waste dumps. In particular, mines which operate in environmentally sensitive aquatic conditions…

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PACA Holds Educational Sessions, Tour at Rohrer’s Quarry

The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA), Pennsylvania’s leading voice for the crushed stone, ready mixed concrete, sand and gravel, and cement industries, offered educational sessions and a tour on Sept. 14 at PACA member Rohrer’s Quarry in Lititz. In addition to the quarry tour, attendees heard presentations about: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce led by Rick Munson of Paramount Business…

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MSHA Launches Silica Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that silica dust affects thousands of miners each year and, without adequate protection, miners face risks of serious illnesses, many of which can be…

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