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Michelin Thinks Big

Michelin150x151December 12, 2013 - I am blogging live this week from Anderson, S.C., where Michelin is celebrating the grand opening of its US10 tire manufacturing facility. The new state-of-the-art plant will build the XDR2, "the world's largest tire" which will serve up to 400-ton mining trucks.

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Electrical Fatality Reported

MSHA194x97December 9, 2013 - MSHA is reporting that on Nov. 18, 2013, a 33-year old contract electrician foreman with 14 years of experience was injured at a crushed stone mine. The victim was working in a 480-volt electrical enclosure, pulling cable for a new pump that was being installed, when he contacted energized conductors.

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Nonresidential Construction Index Drops

fmiDecember 2, 2013 - FMI’s 2013 Fourth Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) shows a 2.9 point drop in to 57.4. However, the score is still ahead of fourth quarter 2012 by 1.9 points. An NRCI of more than 50 indicates growth therefore the fourth quarter score still indicates modest improvement in the industry.

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Congressional Fellowship

SMENovember 24, 2013 - Want to go shake up Congress? Someone has to. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) has established a Congressional Fellowship for mining for the 2014-2015 legislative session in Washington, D.C. The application process opens Dec. 1 and closes Dec. 31, 2013. The successful candidate will begin work in Washington Sept. 1, 2014, and conclude Aug. 31, 2015.

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Quarry Academy Day Two

QuarryAcademy2November 12, 2013 – The second day of Sandvik's Quarry Academy here in San Antonio was highlighted by a seminar series focused on big-picture mine planning and blasting.

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