Navigating the Future: 2024 Predictions for the Aggregates Industry

By Anoop Kumar The mining and aggregates industries find themselves at a pivotal point in history with major transitions and transformations ahead. This evolution is driven by a confluence of factors, including sustainability goals, the advent of electric vehicles (EVs), and a demand for robust equipment performance and maintenance in the face of increasingly harsh operational conditions. I have been…

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Liebherr to Exhibit at MINEXCHANGE 2024

Liebherr National Sales Manager Howard Grant and Regional Sales Manager Nathan Goerke will be at the MINEXCHANGE 2024 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration annual conference at booth #1042 to discuss Liebherr’s digging, hauling and dozing machines, and innovative technologies. The event takes place in Phoenix from Feb. 25-28, 2024.  This event showcases more than 750 booths allowing industry leaders…

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Permitting: Rhode Island

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled this week that Material Sand & Stone must go before the town Zoning Board to apply for a permit and variance for its ongoing mining operations. Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini ruled in favor of the town in Pound Hill Realty v. the Town of North Smithfield, marking the latest chapter in a land…

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Covia to Idle Mining Operations in Gore, Va.

Covia, a provider of mineral-based and material solutions for the Industrial and Energy markets, announced that mining operations at its facility in Gore, Va., will be idled indefinitely in the first quarter of 2024. The Gore facility has been in operation for more than 80 years under several owners, including Virginia Glass, Unimin and Covia. As part of Covia’s industrial…

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Permitting Update: Michigan

A Washtenaw County judge has revised a temporary restraining order against Mid Michigan Materials, allowing the company to resume mining operations at an Ann Arbor-area mine with certain restrictions. The revision allows Mid Michigan Materials to continue its operations at the Vella Pit mine northeast of Ann Arbor, as long as the company complies with a conditional use permit, Ann…

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Leaders in Mine Safety and Technology Honored by NMA, Federal Agencies

In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., the National Mining Association (NMA), the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) honored outstanding achievements in mine safety, technology and reclamation. The NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most…

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Komatsu Expands National Field Services for North America Mining Customers

As Komatsu continues to enhance offerings for mining customers in North America, the company announced that it is acquiring certain assets of Matfield Machining to support the growth of its national field service teams, which support mining operations at customer sites throughout the United States and Canada. Assets acquired through this purchase will include a 14-acre site including a shop…

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Tailings Management

Decanter Centrifuge Vs. Belt Press Vs. Filter Press: Which Is Best For Tailings Management? By Mark S. Kuhar All aggregate and mining operations with a wet-processing plant will produce a waste stream. This waste stream consists of tailings – the process water and fine solids, clay and other deleterious material removed during the washing process. Traditionally, these tailings are sent…

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ABB Publishes Plan for Electric Mines

ABB has published a five-point action plan that sets out a roadmap to decarbonizing mining operations from pit to port for any underground or open-pit mine. The new five-pillar plan – which is available as an eBook on ABB.com –highlights five steps for total plant electrification across mine hauling operations and power distribution and management.  It aims to help mining companies…

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Mine Safety LLC Launches Site to Analyze MSHA Data

Mine Safety LLC, a company that promotes mining safety through high-quality software tools and solutions, has launched “Mine Lookup”, an application to analyze Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) data in various ways. “I have been in the industry as a software engineer since 2007 and I have felt this information should be more accessible to miners and to mining…

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