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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

OSHA cites Nebraska sand and gravel company

Oct 23, 2014

OSHA cites Nebraska sand and gravel company

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, which operates as Van Kirk Brothers Contracting, for two serious safety violations. Two workers were injured at the Nebraska company after being struck-by an ...

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Construction employment on the rise in 39 states

Oct 23, 2014

Construction employment on the rise in 39 states

Everyone in the construction industry will be happy to hear that construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the  (AGC).  Construction firms added ...

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The Underground  World Wide Web: A new use for abandoned mines

Oct 23, 2014

The Underground  World Wide Web: A new use for abandoned mines

When Al Gore invented the Internet (that's a joke), he probably never thought the future of the World Wide Web may be in abandoned mines. In an ongoing quest to lower costs and find secure locations for data-centers, cloud computing ...

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Eagle Materials acquires CRS Proppants for $225 million

Oct 22, 2014

Eagle Materials acquires CRS Proppants for $225 million

Eagle Materials has invested $255 million in the acquisition of CRS Proppants. The acquisition means Eagle will now own CRS Proppants’ northern-white frac-sand mine and processing facility in Wisconsin and utilize CRS’ existing long-term sales contracts with targeted customers. The purchase will be ...

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20-year-old killed at sand and gravel mill

Oct 21, 2014

20-year-old killed at sand and gravel mill

  Miguel Arenas Nino, a 20-year-old groundman, was killed at Mississippi Sand Seagraves, owned and operated by Mississippi Sand. The young man was operating a mobile articulating conveyor unloading sand from a rail car into a haul truck when he fell onto ...

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Holcim Plant announces managerial changes

Oct 21, 2014

Holcim Plant announces managerial changes

Holcim’s plant in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., has recently appointed three employees to leadership positions. Corey Green will be area leader for maintenance and reliability; Rodney Forester, operations leader; and Houston Meyer, raw mill area leader. Green will now be responsible for both operations ...

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Weir Minerals set to acquire Trio

Oct 21, 2014

Weir Minerals set to acquire Trio

The Weir Group has reached an agreement to acquire Trio Engineered Products, a Chinese-American rock crushing company, for an enterprise value of $220 Million. Trio designs and manufactures crushers and grinders for the minerals market and has manufacturing facilities in China ...

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Continental Tire the Americas launches Conti360 Fleet Services website

Oct 20, 2014

Continental Tire the Americas launches Conti360 Fleet Services website

Continental Tire the Americas has launched its new Conti360 Fleet Services website, which provides truck national account customers one-touch access to all of their contracted services. This includes emergency road services, tire performance monitoring and fleet tire education. Continental has been ...

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New construction starts on the rise in September

Oct 20, 2014

New construction starts on the rise in September

New construction starts rose 10 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $604.1 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction. The increase followed an up-and-down pattern during the previous two months, and brought activity to its highest level so far ...

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Rocker Bob Seger rips Wisconsin mine plan in new song [Audio]

Oct 20, 2014

Rocker Bob Seger rips Wisconsin mine plan in new song [Audio]

Rock 'n' Roll legend Bob Seger has a new album out entitled, "Ride Out." On the album he has a song called "It's Your World," in which he addresses his unhappiness with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the possibility of ...

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Lehigh Hanson’s Union Bridge plant wins PCA award

Oct 20, 2014

Lehigh Hanson’s Union Bridge plant wins PCA award

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has recognized Lehigh Hanson, and its Lehigh Cement Union Bridge cement plant in Union Bridge, Md., with the Environmental Performance Award as part of the 2014 Cement Industry Energy & Environment Awards. The award was presented at PCA’s Fall Meeting in ...

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Officials wrongly closed frac sand mine

Oct 17, 2014

Officials wrongly closed frac sand mine

A frac sand mine in western Wisconsin was closed by county officials for allegedly dumping polluted wastewater into a pond that was properly lined. Trempealeau County regulators shut down the Guza Pit near Independence for operating without a permit. The county requires that certain ...

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