State and Province News October 2012
A community group opposing Buie Lakes Plantation’s sand mine in Robeson County is at it again. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Friends of Philadelphus is circulating an online petition. The petition does not seek anything specific, but does advocate term limits for members of the board of commissioners, the body that unanimously approved the mine. The group also has appealed the commissioners’ decision to Robeson County Superior Court. Group member Lynn Locklear told the newspaper that the commissioners “bought it hook, line, and sinker. You’re going to choose them over me, your constituent that voted you into office. You’re either stupid, or you’ve been bought.” This is the same group that contacted me asking that I “help make this public to warn the companies against this farce of a business.” Go to www.aggnman.com and read about my response to their request by clicking here.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced that it has recognized Frank Craddock, executive vice president for Cemex, as a winner of the 2012 John P. Gleason, Jr. Leadership Award. The honor, presented at the PCA’s annual fall committee meeting in Chicago, recognizes employees of member companies who have exhibited industry leadership by taking the association in new directions. Awards are made in one of two categories of strategic initiatives: Business Continuity and Market Development. Craddock was recognized in the Market Development category for fostering the creation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub, which was established in 2009 with the goal of accelerating emerging breakthroughs in concrete science and engineering, and transferring that science into practice. In addition, Craddock serves on the PCA Board of Directors, PCA Government Affairs Council, PCA PAC Board, and PCA PAC Finance Committee.
Fred Seeman joined North Bend Sand and Gravel as a laborer eight years ago. At the time, he earned $8 per hour. Now, he owns the business, which has been renamed North Bend Materials, and is focusing on customer service. According to the Snoqualmie Valley Record, he plans to carry stone, pavers, railroad ties, topsoil, and manure, in addition to sand and gravel. “Our biggest thing is to take care of the customer,” he said. “Without the public, you can’t survive. We’ve got to take care of each other. Whatever they need, we’re gonna do it, within my power.”
The Chippewa County Planning and Zoning Board approved a conditional-use permit which will allow A-1 Materials to expand its sand and gravel plant in Chippewa County. According to weau.com, some residents complained about the location of a driveway leading into the mine, but were told that, since the driveway is off a state highway, it falls under the state’s jurisdiction.
CN and Superior Silica Sands announced a multi-year agreement to transport frac sand from a new processing plant currently under construction in the northern part of the state. The new site is expected to be able to produce up to 2.4 million tons per year of high-quality frac sand products. CN launched a $35 million project to restore nearly 40 miles of track between Ladysmith and Barron, and will provide rail service to the new plant. “Over the last three years, CN’s frac sand market has grown nearly 70 percent, reaching 35,000 carloads and $100 million in revenue in 2011,” said Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice president and chief marketing officer, in a joint statement. “We hope that our end-to-end service focus will help us grow this market to become a $300 million business for CN in the next three-to-five year horizon.”
City Sand and Gravel, based in Paradise, Newfoundland, had 25 pounds of explosives and blasting caps stolen, The Telegram reports. An electronic blasting machine was stolen in an earlier, unreported incident. An inspector for the local constabulary told the newspaper that the materials continue to present a threat to public safety — both for the general public and the persons who have the explosives in their possession. He also said the explosives do not require blasting caps or machines to be set off. He estimated that about 70 sticks of explosives were taken in the latest theft. At Aggregates Manager’s press time, the investigation was ongoing.
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