Virginia Aggregate Producers Receive Awards

The Virginia Transportation and Construction Alliance (VTCA), in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy – Division of Mineral Mining, presented the following awards on July 12. Safety Awards are presented to mining operations in Virginia that have met or exceeded a benchmark of safety criteria in their day-to day plant operations. Congratulations to these recipients of…

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Cat is Up, But Down

July 29, 2014 – Caterpillar’s second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent, as the company earned $999 million, versus $960 million in last year’s second quarter. However revenue for the Peoria, Ill.-based company dropped 3.2 percent to $14.15 billion from $14.62 billion.The big issue? Mining equipment. That category fell 29 percent from a year ago in the second quarter. Sales to…

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ABB Opens Fifth Factory in Brazil in $200 Million Expansion Plan

ABB officially inaugurated its fifth factory in Brazil in the presence of the Minister of Development, Industry and International Business, Mauro Borges, and the Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin. The new plant is part of a $200 million investment to expand ABB’s technology development and production capacity to serve increasing domestic demand from industries such as petrochemicals, pulp and…

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Texas Fracking Advocate Takes Message to UK

A high-profile advocate for hydraulic fracturing has taken to national newspaper advertising in the UK to face down doubters and opponents. Texan energy industry executive Chris Faulkner – the president and chief executive of Breitling Energy Corp. – in a full-page ad in The Sunday Telegraph, asks, “Do you know your country is blessed with an incredible gift?”

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Partnership to Build America Act introduced in the House

According to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced the Senate companion bill to The Partnership to Build America Act introduced in the House by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.).

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