Family-owned and operated since 1978, Sundre Contracting Co. understands the importance of delivering a quality product. The operation, located in Sundre, Alta., produces more than 30 different product sizes – from 1/16-inch (1.6-mm) fine sand to 12-inch (305-mm) screened rock and everything in between. Whether its customer is an Alberta road builder, concrete plant or any of a number of golf courses in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, its products must meet tight specifications or be rejected. Dealing with severe screen media blinding and pegging from clay material and a rainy climate, Sundre needed an advanced solution. After exploring several screen media options, the operation found one that helped eliminate the production-crippling effects of these conditions, ultimately saving them thousands while waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate.
When talking about aggregate, the term “clean” is used to refer to material that is free of dirt, clay or organic material. These days (at least in British Columbia), the definition of clean can be extended to include material that does not generate acid or leach metals when exposed to rainfall.
On the face of it, New Brunswick’s 2015-16 transportation and infrastructure budget, at $409.5 million, is surely a cheery improvement over last year’s $213.2 million budget. But for aggregate producers, there is little in it to crow about, according to Tom McGinn, executive director of New Brunswick Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association (RBHCA).
A new impact crusher is keeping a western Ontario aggregates producer in the black as it processes 1-in.-minus reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) particles from chunks as big as a coffee table, with the help of the right excavator.
Across six weeks spanning from early March to the middle of April 2015, Superior Industries made headlines in the Canadian aggregates industry with the purchase of two Canadian manufacturers.
May 15, 2015 - Cemen Tech announced the hiring of a new President/CEO and a new Director of Sales and Marketing. Connor Deering has been named President/CEO and Mark Rinehart has been named the Director of Sales and Marketing. Both have extensive experience in the construction and manufacturing industries.
May 4, 2015 - Superior Industries, Inc. announced its acquisition of MFE Manufacturing. Family owned and operated since its inception in 1947, MFE designs and builds portable plants for construction, aggregates and material handling industries. The 68-year company is headquartered in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
April 24, 2015 - A well-known water conservation technology has found its way into washing equipment for the sand and gravel industry, and the natural stone and recycling industries in North America, courtesy of Haver & Boecker Canada’s Hydro-Clean mobile washing systems.
Work smarter, not harder, is a welcome concept in the mobile crushing and screening industry where operations face ever-changing locations, applications and product specifications.
April 1, 2015 - Athabasca Minerals Inc. experienced a net loss for its aggregates operations in 2014 despite improved sales volumes, production costs and revenue.
March 24, 2015 – To better align the company’s name with its new strategy and product offerings, the W.S. Tyler Screening Group will now be known as Haver & Boecker.
Finding efficiencies throughout the quarry is paramount for competing in today’s Canadian aggregates market.
July 17, 2015 - The federal government has announced funding of up to $7,476,919 under the New Building Canada Plan for Prince Edward Island’s 2015 Highway Rehabilitation Project.
July 14, 2015 – The federal government has announced that it will provide $389,681,000 in federal funding for Phase 3 of the redevelopment of Highway 85, under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The Government of Quebec's contribution of $557,649,000 also reaffirms the project as priority under the 2015-2025 Québec Infrastructure Plan. Construction work on this segment of the highway will begin in 2017.
As the province of Alberta readied for the 2015 road construction season, they were faced with declining budgets from the economic slowdown caused by the decline in the oil and gas industry. The booming builder of road infrastructure in Canada faced an uncertain future compounded by a change in political direction provincially, and potentially federally, threatening to change spending priorities for infrastructure development.
June 8, 2015 - SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) has been selected to partner with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to build the new Regina Bypass as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnership (P3). Once complete, the bypass will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history.
June 2, 2015 – Ontario Ministry of Transportation officials have provided a potential timeline for the completion of an extension of Highway 427 northwest of Toronto.
May 19, 2015 – The City of Thunder Bay will invest upwards of $40 million on infrastructure projects throughout the community during the 2015 construction season.
May 11, 2015 – The City of Edmonton will invest $451 million on 175 projects during the 2015 road construction season, which officially began last week.
May 5, 2015 – The City of Regina is proceeding with its largest road construction budget ever, with $27.1 million being spent during this construction season.
May 4, 2015 – Canada’s largest city will spend $270 million this year on the construction and rehabilitation of its roads, highways, and bridges.
April 30, 2015 - Rock to Road’s first resource roads management maintenance webinar drew approximately 25 attendees interested in learning how to extend the lifetimes of the roads they maintain and build.
With over six million Canadians already living within the Greater Toronto Area, and a projected growth to upwards of nine million in the next 20 years, expansion of transportation infrastructure has become vital to support the ever-increasing population.
April 2, 2015 – Ontario has officially completed the purchase of 87 pieces of property needed for the expansion of Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph.
July 30, 2015 - Komatsu America Corp. introduced the addition of the PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D155AX-8 dozer.
July 29, 2015 - The new EC160E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment is designed with a range of new features that boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Incorporating a Volvo Tier 4 Final D4 engine, the EC160E boasts an eight per cent improvement in fuel efficiency, and five per cent improvements in tractive force and engine power compared to previous-generation models.
July 23, 2015 – Kenworth Quebec recently celebrated the debut of its new 17,000-square-foot, full-service facility in a Saint-Georges industrial park four kilometres north of the intersection of Quebec Routes 173 and 204. The grand opening of this new location called Kenworth Beauce attracted more than 150 customers, suppliers and business people from local area companies plus dignitaries, including the mayor Claude Morin of Saint-Georges and other elected officials.
July 22, 2015 - The new E-series short swing crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment deliver better visibility when operating in confined spaces and greater fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance.
July 14, 2015 - Komatsu America Corp. recently introduced the new WA380-8 wheel loader.
July 13, 2015 - The new Titan Trommel Screen from West Salem Machinery (WSM) is an ultra-heavy duty rotary drum screen specifically designed and manufactured for severe duty screening applications requiring high throughput and reliable long term operation. Available with drum sizes of 6 ft., 8 ft., and 10 ft. diameter with lengths from 25 ft. to 63 ft. long, the Titan Trommel includes design features and build quality that deliver unsurpassed performance and reliable long term operation.
July 9, 2015 - Carlson Paving Products has introduced its newest member of its CP paver lineup in the CP75 Commercial Class Paver. The CP75 joins the Carlson CP100 in providing contractors options for their commercial class paver needs.
July 9, 2015 - The new SD75B and SD115B soil compactors from Volvo Construction Equipment are packed with advanced technology that adapts to the application and jobsite, providing versatility and performance.
July 8, 2015 - The new environmentally safe Oil Eater Fleet Wash is formulated to effectively remove grease, diesel, dirt and bird droppings from heavy equipment and trucks.
July 7, 2015 - In an effort to better meet the needs of today’s production-scale customer, John Deere is extending its JDLink Ultimate service in base subscription from three to five years. The change illustrates how the Moline-based manufacturer is working behind the scenes to develop solutions for customers who are increasing technology adoption rates and utilizing their equipment for longer periods of time.
July 6, 2015 - Metso has introduced the Metso NW Series crushing & screening plant solution to the global market. The solution enables rapid plant setup in less than 12 hours without heavy cranes. This allows customers to make even the most challenging crushing sites more profitable and move to the next site more easily than ever.
July 2, 2015 - Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has launched the HX series of Tier 4 Final-compliant hydraulic excavators in the United States and Canada. The first models, which range from 22 to 52 metric tons and include the HX220L, HX260L, HX300L, HX330L, HX380L, HX480L and HX520L, are hitting the ground now. Smaller models and compact-radius models will follow in 2016.
July 31, 2015 – Rock to Road is pleased to announce its first–ever industry webinar series, presenting information on issues impacting the Canadian aggregates and road construction industry.
The Alberta Sand and Gravel Association (ASGA) has a mission to represent the interests of Alberta sand and gravel operators on key industry related issues, proposed regulatory changes, and education of aggregate consumers. The Association also advocates for the environmentally responsible and orderly development of this valuable non-renewable natural resource.
This isn’t the first time we needed to look at the industry ramifications of political upheaval, but for Albertans, this might be the most significant time to have this discussion.
June 4, 2015 – Close to 200 female high school students gathered at Conestoga College’s Cambridge campus for the second Jill of all Trades event, providing young women an opportunity to experience the trades.
The 2015 edition of World of Concrete continued to build on the success of previous shows, with the best-recorded attendance in six years.
Equipment and technology manufacturers from across the global rock to road industry converged at the Baltimore Convention Centre for this year’s World of Asphalt/AGG1.
The nation’s largest heavy equipment show drew record numbers to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. as the biennial National Heavy Equipment Show showcased premier equipment and technologies available to the industry.
Landmark judgement could have legal repercussions for municipal road maintenance
Even the savviest (and I believe the relatively few) investors who make a living by timing the markets were fooled in 2014.
Looking at this year’s nominations for the Rock to Road Top 10 under 40, I couldn’t help but get a little excited.
April 10, 2015 – Rock to Road magazine has officially released its Top 10 under 40, recognizing 10 outstanding aggregates and road construction industry professionals that are leading the next generation workforce.
March 6, 2015 – Attendees of day one of the National Heavy Equipment Show had plenty of opportunities to learn important information about the aggregates and road construction industry.
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BCRB Fall ConferenceSun Sep 13, 2015
PPRA 2015Tue Oct 13, 2015
SHCA Fall ConventionThu Nov 19, 2015
World of ConcreteTue Feb 02, 2016
World of Asphalt/AGG1Tue Mar 22, 2016
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