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Surface miner streamlines production, eases impact in Saudi Arabian mine

Feb 07, 2014

Surface miner streamlines production, eases impact in Saudi Arabian mine

In an opencast mine in the north of Saudi Arabia, a Wirtgen 2500 SM surface miner equipped with a 2.5-meter wide cutting drum has been mining large phosphate deposits since 2012. In addition to the primary extraction of relatively soft phosphate ...

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Recycling Plant Crushes Energy Concerns

Jan 03, 2014

Recycling Plant Crushes Energy Concerns

Melbourne, Australia-based Alex Fraser Group processes millions of metric tons of waste construction material – such as concrete, asphalt, rock and glass that would traditionally end up as landfill – and turns it into products suitable for reuse as roadbase ...

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3 Tips for Sustaining Growth in the New Normal

Jan 02, 2014

3 Tips for Sustaining Growth in the New Normal

After a delay due to the 16-day federal government shutdown, total construction numbers for October arrived and were strong. Total construction in 2013 was higher year-over-year by 7.1 percent according to the Commerce Department’s report. Expect continued growth for 2014 as ...

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Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Jan 01, 2014

Third quarter earnings show mixed results

Third quarter earnings results for the publicly traded construction materials companies are coming in and showing mixed results. Some markets are showing dramatic improvements, while others are still flat, if not depressed. Data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ...

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4 Tips for Creating a Safety-Conscious Operation

Dec 31, 2013

4 Tips for Creating a Safety-Conscious Operation

Safety should never be compromised in the workplace. As an employer, it is your responsibility to inform all of your staff of the safety requirements that they need to adhere to. Human relations and business owners will take safety seriously as ...

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Flooding Problems Resolved at Florida Aggregates Operation

Dec 20, 2013

Flooding Problems Resolved at Florida Aggregates Operation

The state of Florida has witnessed unprecedented population growth over the past 10 years growing by more than 18 percent to 19 million full-time residents. As warm weather and favorable tax rates continue to draw baby boomers to the Sunshine ...

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Manager Dodges Liability for Defective Equipment

Nov 25, 2013

Manager Dodges Liability for Defective Equipment

A recent decision by Administrative Law Judge Manning demonstrates that even where the mine operator has paid the fine for an unwarrantable failure (Section 104(d)) citation or order, it is still possible for the agent of management who was the ...

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New Screen Plant Improves Capacity and Versatility

Nov 05, 2013

New Screen Plant Improves Capacity and Versatility

Big Creek Sand & Gravel turns waste material into a profit center with a third screening deck. Acting as the first adopter of a new piece of equipment can take a leap of faith, but for Charlie Harvey, his relationships with ...

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3 Simple and Proactive Ways Operators Can Help Stop Metal Theft

Nov 04, 2013

3 Simple and Proactive Ways Operators Can Help Stop Metal Theft

Scrap metal theft is a very serious crime. Thieves see it as an easy way to make some quick bucks. Items containing aluminum, brass, bronze, zinc and copper, the most coveted metal in this illegal trade, are pilfered from construction ...

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4 Simple Preventive Maintenance Steps to Help Ensure Accuracy of Your Onboard Weighing System

Oct 22, 2013

4 Simple Preventive Maintenance Steps to Help Ensure Accuracy of Your Onboard Weighing System

When using high performance equipment, be it a racing car or wheel loader, it is often the small maintenance checks that separate the high performers. Wheel loader manufacturers provide detailed information on the regular preventive maintenance (PM) to keep your loader ...

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Blasting: Best Practices

Oct 14, 2013

Blasting: Best Practices

Initiating safe, successful blast practices Successful blasts do not come about by chance. They come about via careful planning, assessment, and management of risk, the knowledge and teamwork of all personnel involved and, importantly, what physically happens on the bench during ...

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Guest Blog: Balance sheet management continues among operators

Oct 08, 2013

Guest Blog: Balance sheet management continues among operators

Corporate divestitures once again dominated the activity last month, with Lafarge North America and Vulcan Materials leading the way. Balance sheet management continues to be the emphasis to create liquidity and borrowing capacity to take advantage of when the market ...

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