Transportation reauthorization: The road to nowhere?
At Aggregates Manager press time, Ohio.com reported that the Senate had passed a one-year, $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for several areas, including $41 billion for highway construction; and according to NSSGA’s newsletter, President Obama was expected to sign a $75 billion jobs bill that included $48 billion in new infrastructure spending, including $37.3 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation, of which highways and bridges would receive $27.5 billion. The bill included an extension of core highway programs through Sept. 30.
Lafarge wins Colorado reclamation and safety awards
Lafarge North America’s West US Aggregates division recently received the top three safety awards presented at the annual Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (CSSGA) awards ceremony, along with an additional 12 recognition certificates for each of the company’s mines that had gone 12 months without any injuries resulting in restricted or lost time.
The CSSGA awarded Lafarge’s Specification Aggregates Quarry in Golden, Colo., with the 2009 Jack Stamer Memorial Reclamation Award, sponsored by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, which recognizes outstanding reclamation of aggregate/construction material operations.
In a company news release, Sabine Hillenmeyer, vice president and general manager for Lafarge’s West US Aggregates division, said, “At Lafarge, we take our commitment to safety and the environment seriously, and it is gratifying to have that recognized by our industry peers. Receiving this award means that we are succeeding in our efforts and, ideally, these efforts are making a difference.”
The quarry incorporates innovative mining techniques into ongoing reclamation activities. Each technique used to mine, contour, revegetate, and reclaim the site was specifically tailored to conform with native surroundings while leaving a natural and beautiful terrain once mining is complete.
Martin Marietta announces organizational changes
Martin Marietta Material’s Board of Directors announced that Chairman and CEO Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr. will retire mid-year 2010 after leading the company for more than 27 years. Howard (Ward) Nye will become CEO effective Jan. 1, 2010, and has been elected to the board of directors of the company. Zelnak will continue as executive chairman of the board until his retirement and then become non-executive chairman of the board.
“I am very proud of our company’s many accomplishments over the years and the great management team we have assembled,” Zelnak commented about the change. “In particular, recruiting Ward Nye three years ago has ensured that we will have a seamless transition to the next generation of leadership. Ward is an exceptional executive who is ready to lead Martin Marietta to a successful future. He and his team have my full support.”
“It is a singular honor to succeed Steve Zelnak and lead the great company he built,” said Nye. “Steve’s track record speaks for itself, and he has laid an extraordinary foundation from which we will continue to grow. I look forward to continuing to work with Steve on our board, and with the management team and people of Martin Marietta to achieve our goals.”
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