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Sept. 18, 2017 – U.S. mine and plant production data for 14 selected mineral commodities are provided monthly (or quarterly) by the U.S. Geological Survey to the Board of Governors,...

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A newly formed company, Durex Products Inc., has purchased the Durex line of wire cloth screen media assets and a manufacturing facility located in Luck, Wis., from Weir Slurry Group...
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Manufacturers in Focus

Glenn Wieczorek, managing director of Tsurumi Pump, answered some critical questions to help flood victims in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
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People on the Move

The Missouri Limestone Producers Association (MLPA) board of directors has selected Matthew Mundell as its new executive director, effective Dec. 18, 2017. He replaces Steve Rudloff, who served as executive...
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Rock Stars

George Sidney of McLanahan Corp., was honored with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) Grassroots CEO of the Year award.
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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.