September 2009 – AggBeat
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Bauma, the world’s largest trade fair for the construction industry, will take place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany, next April. The show is expected to set new records in attendance, as well as feature more exhibitors and innovations, providing the perfect place to gather information and ideas and establish contacts.
The latest products and equipment from the construction, building-materials, and mining machinery sectors will be on display. With the addition of extra exhibition halls, the total exhibit space will cover more than 540,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor space.
The show will once again devote a section of the exhibit floor to the mining and aggregates industries — Mining, Extraction, and Processing of Raw Materials. The section will feature machines for the extraction of raw materials and for mining, as well as for handling raw materials and mineral processing.
New in 2010 will be an international innovation award open to all exhibitors at the fair. Prizes will be awarded on April 18 in five categories — machinery, machinery components, construction process/construction work, research, and design.
For more information about Bauma, or to register for the event, go to www.bauma.de, e-mail email@example.com, or call (+49 89) 949-11348. Registration can be done online or by fax, (+49 89) 949 -11349.
Dates: April 19-26
Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ticket prices in Euros:
Day ticket $24
Day ticket, presale with registration $20
Three-day ticket $49
Three-day, presale with registration $43
Permanent ticket $62
Permanent, presale with registration $54
Group ticket $14
Aggregates Manager wins AZBEE Awards
Every year, the American Society of Business Publication Editors recognizes editorial excellence in B-to-B publications with the AZBEE Awards. This year, Aggregates Manager won several of the AZBEE Midwest-South regional awards in the under 80,000 circulation category. The awards include:
* Gold — Original Research category, Between a Rock and a Hard Place;
* Silver — Regular Column, Contributed category, Carved in Stone;
* Bronze — Original Research category, Forecast 2008; and
* Bronze — Special Section category, 2008 USGS Aggregates Industry Atlas.
Economy may affect EPA enforcement
The economic crisis is posing major challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement efforts. According to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), EPA officials are facing a growing number of requests to ease cleanup settlements to lessen firms’ financial burdens, to ease financial assurance rules that are proving “unworkable,” and to ease the burden on municipalities unable to float bonds to comply with agency requirements.
According to a presentation at a June 11 meeting of senior EPA enforcement officials in Washington, D.C., the crisis is also having an impact on companies’ ability to obtain credit, which impacts enforcement efforts. The EPA is seeing a 43-percent increase in commercial loans with clauses saying the loan can be called or the line of credit canceled if the borrower needs to pay a civil penalty. The presentation also noted that municipalities may not be able to issue bonds, which will impact their ability to comply with environmental rules, though this problem has not yet been encountered.
According to the presentation, the EPA has a number of preliminary draft recommendations for possible changes the agency might need to make to its current analytical approach in ability-to-pay situations. The agency is also weighing whether it should make changes to its current policies and guidance on ability to pay.
The EPA planned to review possible adjustments and make recommendations to management, then begin redrafting policies by the beginning of September.
Midwest Minerals receives reclamation award
The Kansas State Conservation Commission (SCC) awarded Midwest Minerals, Inc. the 2008 Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award for reclamation work done at its Pittsburg Quarry. The award is part of the Mined Land Reclamation Program administered by the SCC to raise awareness of the standards of reclaiming land disturbed in mining all minerals in Kansas, excluding coal and gas. It recognizes excellence in reclamation, restoration, beautification, community relations, and environmental enhancement, and promotes public awareness of positive mining practices and the mining industry’s commitment to protect the environment.
The original Pittsburg Quarry had a total of 80 permitted acres, 60 of which have been reclaimed to include a lake and wildlife habitat with a goal to create a post-mine area that blends in with the surrounding land uses.
The award was presented by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas. Midwest Minerals’ President and CEO Steve Sloan and Kansas State Senator Bob Marshall accepted the award on behalf of all the company’s employees.
Terex closes Cedarapids manufacturing plant
Terex Corporation announced plans to close its Cedarapids manufacturing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company said it will consolidate the manufacturing of the equipment made there into other Terex facilities in Durand, Mich., Oklahoma City, and other locations in North America to be determined. Engineering, sales, and service functions for materials processing equipment now made at the plant will be retained at the facility.
Natural Resource Partners acquires aggregate reserves
Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NRP) has acquired limestone reserves from Blue Star Materials, LLC for approximately $24 million. The limestone reserves are located on a 121-acre site northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Wise County, Texas. The production facilities will be owned and operated by Blue Star; NRP will be paid a royalty upon the sale of product. The reserves are currently under development and are expected to begin production in early 2010.