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Going for the Gold

Now that MAP-21 has passed, and we have a brief respite from the transportation-funding crisis in this country, let’s turn our attention to matters that are a direct outgrowth of projections for improved market conditions in the coming years.

In response to unprecedented market demand, Rock Products will launch a new Frac Sand Information Initiative designed to supply our readers with an insider's view of the latest developments concerning the growing market for Frac Sand production.

Rock Products will address the need for Frac Sand information in four specific ways:

  • Key in this initiative is the launch of Frac Sand Insider™, a new e-newsletter.
  • We will increase coverage of the Frac Sand market both in the print edition of the magazine and on our website.
  • We will produce a Frac Sand webinar for producers looking to capitalize on these new opportunities.
  • Readers are also invited to join the LinkedIn Rock Products Frac Sand Equipment & Technology Forum.

Rock Products will also launch its first-ever industry conference next year. The Automation & Energy Conference will take place November 19-21, 2013, at the prestigious Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, and be co-sponsored by sister publications Concrete Products and Cement Americas.

Automation, processing efficiency, energy and sustainability are playing increasingly critical roles in construction-materials production. A&E is a two-day event that will bring together construction-materials producers and industry manufacturers to share valuable information on the latest trends in materials processing, plant automation, energy management and sustainable production.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome to our staff two new employees. Sean Carr is joining us as director of sales. Carr is an experienced publishing executive who most recently worked for Doppstadt US, a manufacturer of recycling and material processing equipment. Before joining Doppstadt he spent more than 15 years at Advanstar Communications and Questex Media where he served in sales and leadership roles on magazines in a number of markets including, most prominently, the aggregates market.

In addition, Cory Smith is joining our team as show director for our mining and construction shows and conferences.

We are positioning ourselves for a profitable future. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mark S. Kuhar, editor
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