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Therese Dunphy has been covering the aggregates industry since 1991 and helped launch Aggregates Manager in 1996.

Southwest Rock Products’ Queen Creek plant wins Top Operations contest

Oct 02, 2015

Southwest Rock Products’ Queen Creek plant wins Top Operations contest

Congratulations to the winner of our Top Operations contest: Southwest Rock Products' Queen Creek operation. "Fantastic," said owner Chris Reinsech, Sr., when he learned that his company had won. "You just made more than my day. I'm the owner of the ...

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State and Province New – October 2015

Oct 01, 2015

State and Province New – October 2015

California At Aggregates Manager’s press time, the Napa County Planning Commission was planning a second round of public testimony regarding Syar Industries request to expand its operation there. According to the Napa Valley Register, the operator is seeking a 110-acre expansion ...

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It’s time for Congress to put an end to transportation funding extensions

Oct 01, 2015

It’s time for Congress to put an end to transportation funding extensions

On Oct. 29, the latest extension of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, will expire. And if you’ll recall, MAP-21 itself was a 27-month bill passed to prevent an endless succession of three-month SAFETEA-LU extensions. In ...

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Reclaimed quarry site offers educational opportunity about mining

Sep 21, 2015

During the fall, a favorite weekend activity among my family is to spend the afternoon having a picnic, and following it up with a hike. As we look for new trails to explore, I downloaded a handy app from our local park ...

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Aggregates Industry Outlook score rises based on low energy costs

Sep 10, 2015

Aggregates Industry Outlook score rises based on low energy costs

Aggregates Industry Outlook Index The Aggregates Industry Outlook score rose slightly in August, up 0.73 percent from July’s rating of 129.05. Lower energy costs were a primary driver for positive responses from some producers. Concerns about long-term transportation funding, however, continue to ...

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Vote daily for your favorite plant profile in our Top Ops Contest

Sep 09, 2015

Vote daily for your favorite plant profile in our Top Ops Contest

As part of Aggregates Manager's upcoming 20th anniversary, we have spent a lot of time thinking about what aggregate producers care about both in the print magazine and on the website. One perennial favorite is our Plant Profile feature. Whether ...

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State and Province News September 2015

Sep 01, 2015

State and Province News September 2015

Connecticut A zoning application in Waterbury faces opposition from neighbors, according to Republican American. The request comes from Michael Hychko, who applied for a special permit for commercial earth excavation and hazardous industrial operations, as well as several variances. If approved, ...

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Wentvalley Aggregates improves operational efficiency with tracked conveyors

Aug 30, 2015

Wentvalley Aggregates improves operational efficiency with tracked conveyors

Wentvalley Aggregates is a busy operation based just south of Pontefract, England. This large limestone quarry operates a very effective full crushing circuit to supply the aggregate demands of the area, which includes a variety of different end product sizes. ...

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Under development: autonomous trucks

Aug 23, 2015

Under development: autonomous trucks

More than one equipment manufacturer has been working on autonomous trucks for years. Typically, these large trucks operate as part of a fleet management and optimization program at large mines. While intriguing, the technology has not yet been scaled for ...

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Supply Lines: Meet the workhorses among wheel loaders

Aug 19, 2015

Supply Lines: Meet the workhorses among wheel loaders

Production loader Caterpillar’s 990K wheel loader offers more power and increased payload for improved productivity and fuel efficiency. It features a redesigned cab that delivers a sleek operator interface and quiet environment, as well as several features to promote operator and ...

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Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

Aug 12, 2015

Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

For those operators responsible for tracking their site’s regulatory requirements and recordkeeping, be forewarned: you may be about to get a significant increase in workload. During a July 22 stakeholder call, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a ...

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State and Province News – August 2015

Aug 03, 2015

State and Province News – August 2015

California Despite a request from Syar Industries, the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency declined to write a letter of support for the operator’s expansion. According to the Napa Valley Register, Syar Industries would like to enlarge its 497-acre quarry by ...

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