Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • TIME’S RUNNING OUT! 2015 AGG1 ACADEMY CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSES AUG. 30

    This is the last week to submit your proposal for an education session at the 2015 AGG1 Academy in Baltimore, March 17-19. NSSGA is accepting proposals through Aug. 30 in virtually every aspect of the aggregates industry, including: • Safety & Health • Environment • Sustainability • Government Relations & Advocacy • Regulatory Issues •…

    Posted 8/28/14 at 8:55 PM

  • COURT THROWS OUT POV APPEAL ON JURISDICTIONAL GROUND, SKIPS MERITS

    Last week, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the challenge to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s Pattern of Violations rule filed by NSSGA and other associations. The three-judge panel dismissed the case saying that the court lacked jurisdiction. They claimed that the federal appeals court can decide matters related to…

    Posted 8/28/14 at 8:14 PM

  • NSSGA MAKES ANNUAL AWARDS MORE MEANINGFUL

    By restructuring its annual awards program, NSSGA seeks to increase the prestige of its top honors.  Each year, NSSGA recognizes the top performers in several categories including environment, community relations, and health and safety to promote responsible quarry and mine management. This year, finalists for the Environmental Award and Community Relations Award will be selected…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:25 PM

  • SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE BEING SURVEYED FOR NSSGA RESPONSE TO MSHA CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    To aid the Safety and Health Committee’s work to formulate persuasive comments in response to the U.S. Mine and Safety Administration’s proposed civil penalties rule for safety and health violations, NSSGA is surveying member companies about recent MSHA enforcement history.  The civil penalties proposal is a challenging one, as it could lead to increased penalty…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:21 PM

  • NSSGA MEETS WITH STATE EXECUTIVES AT ACE MEETING

    NSSGA’s Vice President for Safety Services Joe Casper, met with the Aggregates and Concrete Executives group at its summer meeting in Nashville Aug. 20. Casper discussed the progress made on NSSGA’s strategic plan Rocks Build America and the association’s work to grow and safeguard the stone, sand and gravel industry. The meeting was attended by…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 8:07 PM

  • COMMAND ALKON ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF FIVECUBITS AS A NEW PRODUCT DIVISION

    Command Alkon Incorporated, Birmingham, Ala., a global leader in integrated solutions for the construction materials industry, announced Aug. 11 the acquisition of FiveCubits Inc., resulting in “FiveCubits, a division of Command Alkon”. “The FiveCubits team has developed a very successful business model and will continue to maintain the same high quality of products and services…

    Posted 8/27/14 at 7:50 PM

  • VULCAN INCREASES OPERATIONAL FOOTPRINT IN TEXAS

    Vulcan Materials Company announced Aug. 18 that it has acquired aggregates operations that enhance its ability to serve customers in the greater Dallas market. The company has completed the acquisition of one quarry in southern Oklahoma with rail distribution capabilities into Texas and two distribution yards in the Dallas area from Martin Marietta Materials. Tom…

    Posted 8/20/14 at 5:18 PM

  • NSSGA SUBMITS COMMENTS ON SILICA RULEMAKING

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association filed its latest set of comments Aug. 15 with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. NSSGA comments can be found here. OSHA’s proposal is important to aggregates producers because some operations are under OSHA jurisdiction;…

    Posted 8/19/14 at 7:56 PM

  • “DRIVING IT HOME 2014″ KICKS INTO GEAR!

    Members of Congress will be home for three more weeks on their summer recess. Schedule time to meet with your members of Congress NOW! “Driving It Home 2014” continued strong in its second week of activities. Oldcastle Materials is scheduling a facility visit with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) at their Shelly Company subsidiary’s Marietta, Ohio,…

    Posted 8/13/14 at 9:23 PM

  • AP POLL: AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT THRILLED WITH IDEAS TO PAY FOR HIGHWAYS

    A recently released Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 62 percent of Americans think the economic benefits of a good surface transportation infrastructure outweigh the cost to taxpayers, but nearly the same percentage oppose raising federal gasoline taxes to actually pay for new roads and bridges. Those surveyed were given four options for raising additional revenue…

    Posted 8/13/14 at 9:22 PM