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.
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.
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.
September 1, 2015 – K-Tec Earthmovers has just launched its latest and largest construction pull scraper for large-scale earthmoving.
August 24, 2015 - Atlas Copco’s new Dynapac F800T tracked paver joins the company’s 10-foot highway class paver range. The new paver meets Tier 4 Final emission regulations and enhances productivity through operator comfort and optimal visibility.
August 21, 2015 – Martin Engineering has released a family of responsive conveyor belt tracking systems that mitigate misalignment, rather than correcting it after the fact - even on reversing belts - to promote conveyor efficiency and safety.
August 19, 2015 – The new QA335 from Sandvik Construction is based around a 4 x 1.5 m / 13’ x 5’ Doublescreen that includes many features for ease of operation and high levels of efficiency. These include a user-friendly electrical control system with sequential start up, hydraulic screen separation to aid screen media changes, and a fuel-efficient 74.5 kW/100hp engine.
August 17, 2015 - Six new compaction roller models from Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas offer a combination of excellent maneuverability, productivity, enhanced operator comfort and easy maintenance.
August 17, 2015 - SimformotionTM LLC announced the release of the new Cat Simulators Off-Highway Truck System. The new Off-Highway Truck simulator is set in a quarry environment where operators can learn the same applications found on actual worksites around the world.
August 13, 2015 - Bobcat Company and its parent organization, Doosan, have broken ground on a $9.5-million expansion of its company headquarters in West Fargo, N.D.
August 12, 2015 - Expo Grands Travaux will return to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on April 22 and 23, 2016. Excitement in the industry is already building, demonstrated by a strong demand for exhibit space.
August 7, 2015 - Version 15.1 is now available for the B2W ONE platform of software solutions for estimating and operations, with new features that help construction enterprises bid more effectively, streamline workflows and further leverage real-time, collaborative data.
August 5, 2015 - CDE Global has announced the launch of the R-Series range of primary screens, which have been designed to optimize feed to the turnkey wash plants they provide and reduce the requirement for a dedicated operator to feed the processing plant.
August 5, 2015 - Cemen Tech recently introduced a new mobile mixer in response to customer’s need for machines to meet the increased demand for concrete in the shotcrete and gunite industry.
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.
BCRB Fall ConferenceSun Sep 13, 2015
Webinar - Tips to control energy costsTue Sep 22, 2015 @ 2:00am - 03:00pm
Webinar - Energy Management for Quarries & PitsTue Sep 29, 2015 @ 2:00pm - 03:00pm
PPRA 2015Tue Oct 13, 2015
Webinar - Newest technologies for cold in-place recyclingWed Oct 28, 2015 @11:00am - 12:00pm
SHCA Fall ConventionThu Nov 19, 2015