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Brian Ethridge

Brian Ethridge is the Online Managing Editor for Better Roads and Aggregates Manager. In addition to managing the websites, he's in charge of the daily newsletter and social media accounts for both publications. You can contact him with suggestions, tips and/or opinions at: BrianEthridge@randallreilly.com

Man hit by front-end loader dies in quarry accident

Sep 17, 2014

Man hit by front-end loader dies in quarry accident

Tragedy struck a rock quarry in Ozark, Missouri, on Tuesday when a man died from blunt force trauma. Robert Shelby Hill, 73, was waiting to load a dump truck when he walked across a road at Leo Journagan Construction Company's rock ...

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What should be done with this big pile of sand?

Sep 16, 2014

What should be done with this big pile of sand?

  That's exactly what it looks like: a huge pile of sand. Currently it resides in the Belle Plaine boat landing on the north side of the Minnesota River, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to decide what ...

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Most Americans favor tolls to fund transportation infrastructure

Sep 16, 2014

Most Americans favor tolls to fund transportation infrastructure

Every day it seems like more Americans are beginning to understand the importance of transportation funding. That was again evident when HTNB Corporation released details of its recent tolling survey. According to the survey, 79 percent (more than 3 in 4) ...

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Man steals Caterpillar excavator and more

Sep 15, 2014

Man steals Caterpillar excavator and more

Police have arrested a man in Beaufort County, N.C., after he allegedly stole a Caterpillar excavator and other construction equipment from his employer. The thief, Herbert Lee Garriss, 46, has been charged with three counts of larceny. Authorities say Garriss stole a Caterpillar excavator, a ...

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PHOTOS: Rare prehistoric mammoth found at sand and gravel pit

Sep 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Rare prehistoric mammoth found at sand and gravel pit

  You never know what you're going to find when you start digging! That was certainly true for Wayne McEwen, who owns a sand and gravel pit in Ellis County, Texas. It was just a normal day of excavating when McEwen's ...

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27-year-old killed at limestone mine

Sep 12, 2014

27-year-old killed at limestone mine

  The Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) released details about an accident that took the life of a 27-year-old contract mechanic. The accident happened at Martin Marietta Materials limestone mine in Ames, Iowa. Contract Service Technician Courtney J. Johnston was repairing a hydraulic ...

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Jason Andringa named next Vermeer President & CEO

Sep 11, 2014

Jason Andringa named next Vermeer President & CEO

Vermeer Corporation has announced family succession plans that will leave third-generation family member, Jason Andringa, in charge of the company. He will serve as the next President and CEO effective Nov. 1, 2015. On Nov. 1, 2014, he will assume the ...

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Copper thieves strike Texas Sand & Gravel

Sep 10, 2014

Copper thieves strike Texas Sand & Gravel

Texas Sand and Gravel has suffered a blow to its operation thanks to thieves who damaged property and stole copper wires from machines. The Potter County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the robbery. "It was about $35,000 worth of copper was ...

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Summit Materials purchases Mainland Sand and Gravel

Sep 10, 2014

Summit Materials purchases Mainland Sand and Gravel

Summit Materials has announced the acquisition of Mainland Sand and Gravel, a supplier of construction aggregates to the Vancouver and Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Mainland operates two quarries and four river-served aggregates distribution depots. Its current team, led by ...

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Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Sep 09, 2014

Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Aggregates production in the United States was up eight percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to last year. During the first six months of 2014 an estimated 961 Mt of aggregates was produced, up seven percent from the ...

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Stolen Jeep found in Le Roy quarry

Sep 09, 2014

Stolen Jeep found in Le Roy quarry

You know it's going to be an interesting day at work when you find a Jeep partially submerged in a water-filled quarry. That's what happened to employees of Hanson Aggregates at a quarry in Le Roy, New York. Employees immediately called the local ...

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Teen drowns after chasing ball into quarry

Sep 05, 2014

Teen drowns after chasing ball into quarry

A teenager drowned at a quarry in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, after trying to retrieve a ball that had gone into the water. Police are not releasing the name of the deceased 17-year-old man. Paramedics attempted to revive the teenager and rushed ...

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