Mission Ridge Aggregates, which produces and supplies sand and gravel to companies in southwestern British Columbia, operates in a tough market.
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.
September 21, 2015 – Vancouver’s Port Mann Bridge has officially completed, saving commuters significant time on their journey between Langley and Vancouver.
September 21, 2015 – Surfacing work on Saskatchewan’s Highway 51 is progressing ahead of schedule according to the province’s Ministry of Highways.
September 8, 2015 – The City of Ottawa is about to be bombarded with fall road construction work, as 45 projects are set to begin in the coming weeks.
September 3, 2015 - Construction is underway on a new interchange at the intersection of PTH 59 and PTH 101, which will increase safety for motorists and greatly improve traffic flow.
August 13, 2015 - Ontario is suffering from significant infrastructure problems. To tackle these issues, this year’s budget made an unprecedented investment – a 10-year, $130 billion infrastructure commitment. Of this investment, $2.6 billion is set aside for transit and transportation, critical factors that directly affect the health of Ontario’s economy. Currently, gridlock is costing the economy of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area $6 billion annually, and Ontario has finally decided to solve the problem.
August 11, 2015 - Resource road networks provide vital year-round access to forestry operations across Canada, in addition to general public access for remote communities and recreational activities. They also provide access for silviculture, land management and fire suppression crews.
August 4, 2015 – The Government of Canada announced funding for the upgrade and expansion of Highway 1 near Revelstoke that will increase safety for all drivers and improve the efficiency of this important regional and trans-provincial route.
August 4, 2015 - The federal government announced funding of up to $582.9 million for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The work will ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve safety on the highway commonly known as the Stoney Trail.
Fredericton, N.B. has embarked on its fourth, and by far most ambitious roundabout. Its location on the province’s Route 8 joins two city streets and relieves congestion on two other overtaxed throughways.
Twenty years ago, officials recognized that it was only a matter of time before substantial work would be needed to repair the Angus L. Macdonald bridge, one of the largest suspended span bridges in Canada and a vital transportation link between Halifax and Dartmouth, N.S.
Connecting Montreal with Kahnawake, the Honoré Mercier Bridge extends almost one mile over the St. Lawrence River. It serves as a link between Montreal Island and the South Shore, and is the shortest route from Montreal to New York State in the United States. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the busiest bridges in Canada with an estimated 30 million vehicles crossing it each year.
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.
October 7, 2015 - GSSI announced the release of BridgeScan, a flexible GPR system ideal for assessing concrete condition on bridge decks, parking structures, and balconies; accurately determining concrete condition improves repair cost estimation, saving time and money.
October 7, 2015 - McLanahan’s line of Universal Jaw Crushers has undergone a series of design updates. Based on customer feedback and years of applications expertise, these improvements have been engineered to make everything from installation to maintenance a safer, simpler and smarter process.
October 7, 2015 - Doosan Portable Power has expanded its line of portable light towers with the introduction of two small-body model light towers — the LSV6 and LSV8.
October 7, 2015 - The new utility mount P185WDOU features a free-air delivery of 185 cfm and rated operating pressure of 100 psi, the utility mount P185 offers the power to meet a variety of applications, including powering handheld air tools, sandblasting, cable laying, pipeline testing and paint striping. The above deck portability provides towing capacity for larger machinery.
Flexibility, manoeuvrability and durability have become integral in the use of conveyor equipment for the Canadian stone, sand and gravel industry.
September 23, 2015 - McCloskey International has introduced a 36”x130’ desegregating telescoping stacker. This is the first in a new line of self-contained desegregating conveyors to enhance and streamline materials handling.
September 23, 2015 – Martin Engineering’s newest line of primary conveyor belt cleaners has been engineered for the world’s fastest, most heavily-loaded belts, with industrial-strength construction that delivers effective cleaning, minimal maintenance and long service life, even under punishing conditions.
September 18, 2015 - Beka-Lube Products Inc. has introduced a single-point lubricator, Bekaone. The new Bekaone single-point lubricator reliably and precisely supplies grease to any existing lube point. It makes sense for hard-to-access and hard-to-service lube points in almost any application including: motors, drives, bearings, conveyors, compressors, and chains.
September 18, 2015 - Superior Industries, Inc. launched a new belt scale for dry bulk material handling applications. The new scale is characterized by a unique, flush-mount design, so owners and operators can avoid cutting or torching their conveyor frame for installation.
September 10, 2015 - The 129-net-horsepower Doosan DX180LC-5 crawler excavator has been added to the Tier 4-compliant lineup, featuring improved performance, operator comfort, fuel economy and jobsite durability. The Tier 4-compliant model replaces the interim Tier 4 (iT4) DX180LC-3 crawler excavator.
September 10, 2015 - The newly designed MT 3000-2i material transfer vehicle from Vögele offers performance in material transfer vehicles for asphalt paving. This machine is designed with the contractor in mind for productivity, exceptionally low operating costs and ultimate maneuverability.
September 9, 2015 – Flexco announced the addition of its first reversing belt trainer, the PT Pro, to round out its complete line of trackers. The PT Pro Belt Trainer uses Flexco’s patented “Pivot and Tilt” design, is capable of tracking single-direction and reversing belts, and is available in standard- and heavy-duty options.
September 25, 2015 – Yankton, South Dakota played host to KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ annual National Dealer Conference, bringing together distributors from Canada and the U.S. to learn about the newest technologies and innovations added to the company’s extensive lineup of aggregate equipment.
As workplace safety issues have grown more complex, joint health and safety committees (JHSC) can be an effective means of controlling hazards. But a JHSC will only be effective if it is given the tools to succeed. Employers should be reviewing the JHSC findings in the same way as they would review profits, quality control or down time.
While most of the aggregates and road construction industry works tirelessly to meet production deadlines, an important trial awaits its final verdict.
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.
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.
No matter where I go or what business owner I talk to, the question remains the same: how will I replace my skilled labourers in the next five to 10 years?
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.
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PPRA 2015Tue Oct 13, 2015
Webinar - Newest technologies for cold in-place recyclingWed Oct 28, 2015 @11:00am - 12:00pm
Silica Hazard Awareness, Management & Control for Sand & Gravel Operations in AlbertaTue Nov 03, 2015 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Silica Hazard Awareness, Management & Control for Sand & Gravel Operations in AlbertaThu Nov 05, 2015 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
SHCA Fall ConventionThu Nov 19, 2015
Webinar - Water Management for Quarries & PitsTue Nov 24, 2015 @ 2:00pm - 03:00pm