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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

March 13, 2017 – I just returned from Las Vegas, where I spent a week attending the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) convention and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. The NSSGA...
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Prime-Time Products

Metso introduced what it called “revolutionary rock crushing technology” at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas. The Metso MX crusher is based on the patented Multi-Action crushing technology, which combines the piston...
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Manufacturers in Focus

U.S. Tsubaki announced that in 2017, the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company, a subsidiary of the Tsubakimoto Chain Co., is enjoying high growth in the North American...
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People on the Move

Thompson (Tom) S. Baker II has taken an executive role as a senior vice president of Vulcan Materials Co. Baker was previously CEO of both Patriot Transportation Holding Inc. and...
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Rock Stars

Douglas D. R. Palmore, senior vice president of customer and technical services at Luck Companies, was named the 2017 recipient of the Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award from the...
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Distributor News

Excel Machinery Ltd. will join McCloskey Washing Systems (MWS) as an official distributor offering a full range of washing and classification equipment at its locations in Texas and Oklahoma. The partnership announcement was made following ConExpo-Con/Agg, where MWS officially launched...
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Resource Center

Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.