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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

The Internet may take over abandoned mines

Oct 12, 2014

The Internet may take over 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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80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel dumped on highway

Oct 10, 2014

80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel dumped on highway

  A little bit of sand and gravel usually doesn't cause any problems for drivers, but 80-thousand pounds of sand and gravel can cause a ton of problems! Transportation officials were forced to stop traffic on southbound I-35, north of New Braunfels, TX ...

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Summit Materials announces three acquisitions

Oct 10, 2014

Summit Materials announces three acquisitions

Summit Materials has announced the acquisitions of Southwest Ready-Mix, a ready-mix concrete company in southwest Houston, Texas; Colorado County Sand & Gravel, an aggregates company in Colorado County, Texas; and Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete, an aggregates and ready-mix ...

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Dear Congress: Time to show some urgency

Oct 09, 2014

Dear Congress: Time to show some urgency

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is urging Congress to pass a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. TCC says failing to do so will lead to another self-imposed funding crisis would undermine vital road, highway and transit ...

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UPDATE: Sweetman charged with felony

Oct 09, 2014

UPDATE: Sweetman charged with felony

In early August Aggregates Manager reported on police catching Timothy Sweetman, 43, for illegally cutting down trees and shrubs at Dorset Quarry. We have now learned that Sweetman has been charged with a felony. Sweetman argues he had permission from the quarry ...

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President of gypsum mine killed in ATV accident

Oct 08, 2014

President of gypsum mine killed in ATV accident

  An accident involving a all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at Gypsum Mountain Mine, owned by Silver State Minerals, claimed the life of William M. Hill, President, age 57. Hill was using the ATV to transport warning signs for installation around the perimeter of the mine when he encountered ...

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Diesel forecast: Price will continue to drop

Oct 08, 2014

Diesel forecast: Price will continue to drop

The latest estimate puts the average pump price for a gallon of diesel at $3.68 for the fourth quarter, according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published monthly by the Energy Information Administration. The fourth quarter forecast reflects a downward revision ...

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Martin Marietta: New Look vs. Old Look

Oct 07, 2014

Martin Marietta: New Look vs. Old Look

  If you've checked out MartinMarietta.com recently, you may notice a completely new look. The company has rebranded its name, website and logo. The company is now known as just “Martin Marietta.” The sleek new website includes a product calculator, safety initiatives, ...

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MSHA: Violation reforms have made mines safer

Oct 07, 2014

MSHA: Violation reforms have made mines safer

We're close to the second anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) violations reforms, and it's safe to say MSHA couldn't be happier. According to MSHA's Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main, the pattern of violations reforms ...

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New ads urge Congress for HTF solution

Oct 02, 2014

New ads urge Congress for HTF solution

The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition has launched a regionally focused, multiplatform ad campaign urging Congress to develop a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The advertisements will appear in 33 congressional districts across 10 media markets ...

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Robots may start flying at a quarry near you

Oct 02, 2014

Robots may start flying at a quarry near you

Centuries ago some people thought the world would be taken over by robots and flying cars by now. They may not have been 100 percent correct, but they weren't completely wrong either. Flying robots may start playing big roles in ...

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Vulcan continues to grow, completes six acquisitions

Oct 01, 2014

Vulcan continues to grow, completes six acquisitions

Vulcan Materials continues to expand the company's footprint across america with six acquisitions during the third quarter of 2014. Vulcan's most recent acquisitions include five aggregates facilities and associated downstream assets in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., as ...

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