Wednesday AGG1 seminar standouts

Staff Report

March 19, 2013

We looked over the list of AGG1 Academy seminars scheduled for today and found a few that looked especially interesting and informative. If you attend one of these, please let us know what you thought of it.


Wednesday, March 20

7:30 – 9 a.m.

P1030043W44: Managing High Hour Mobile Equipment Fleets and Practical Best Practices — Colin Olsen, Caterpillar and Mark Page, Lafarge

The mobile equipment fleet across North America has aged significantly in the last four years. This presentation will briefly address equipment management principles, suggest action you can take in managing high-hour fleets, and present mobile equipment best practices from an aggregate producer with more than 30 years experience managing fleets of equipment.


9:30 – 11 a.m.

W53; Lean Screening – Maximizing Production and Average Selling Price — Ron Kuehl, Frank Harris, and Tod Eberle, Polydeck Screen Corp.; and Brent Ward, APAC

Increasing production has always been a priority for aggregate producers, and, in recent years, the decrease in overall demand for aggregates has made it just as important for producers to increase their products “Average Selling Price” (ASP). Producers that are able to make more in-demand products and fewer products that are not have an advantage. In Lean terms, the goal is to reduce all types of waste. This presentation will provide attendees with a framework they can implement to both evaluate their screening process and make process changes that are guaranteed to work.


2 – 3:30 p.m.

W61: Case Study: Modern Day Mining — Jill Shackelford, Summit Materials LLC (retired); Richard W. Schneider, Buda Area Chamber of Commerce (retired); Molly Cagle, Baker Botts L.L.P., and W. Shayne Woodard, State Government Affairs Consultant

This unique case study will analyze the legal strategy, public relations, community outreach, permitting, and legislative process for a highly contested greenfield site. Attendees will hear from stakeholders on all sides of the issue. The chair of an organized neighborhood opposition group will share his story of opposition and cooperativeness in a contested permitting case, and a former business owner will share her story of educating, communicating, and working with the facility’s neighbors. The legal and legislative arm and strategy for modern day permitting will be discussed. Topics of discussion will be technology, community relations, organized neighborhood groups, dust suppression, quarry advisory councils, and governmental relations.

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