Aggregates
October 18, 2017 - Cornerstone Standards Council auditors have conducted a full assessment of Miller Paving Ltd.'s Carden Quarry and is pleased to announce the granting of it's fourth certificate of conformance for responsible aggregate extraction.
October 6, 2017 - The traditional three-part recipe for a railroad – rock, creosote-soaked hardwood ties, and ribbons of steel rail – has remained essentially unchanged since the first iron horse was put to work. And just as ties and rails require maintenance and eventual replacement, the rock, known as ballast, also wears down, and out.
September 28, 2017 - Ed Sykes started his business with two gas-powered tandems to offer hauling services for aggregate and farming operations in the Chatham-Kent, Ont. area in the early 1970s. Now, more than 40 years later under his son Don’s management, Sykes Trucking Ltd. has grown to 16 employees in peak season with nine full-time staff.
September 28, 2017 - For almost as long as Canada’s aggregate industry has been harvesting the country’s natural resources to build much-needed infrastructure and thousands of other products, there have been individuals and groups that are opposed to the process. Aggregates producers, like most companies operating in resource-based industries, have met resistance to their production that has come in the forms of environmental groups, concerned neighbours, and various levels of government, to name a few.
September 26, 2017 - The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) has released a study on the creation of wetland features at former aggregate pits and quarries within the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment Plan Areas. The study reveals a total of 293 hectares of aquatic habitat features – or the equivalent of 1,849 NHL sized hockey rinks – have been created through the rehabilitation of surrendered aggregate sites.
September 25, 2017 - Many of the roads throughout British Columbia this past year have been abuzz with road construction projects. The heart of the Peace Region in British Columbia is no exception, and when many of the local road builders and residential contractors are in need of asphalt and other aggregates, they turn to Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel in Taylor, B.C. The majority of aggregate produced by the company goes to supplying the areas from Fort St. John to Dawson Creek and the surrounding areas.
September 13, 2017 - The level of danger with conveying equipment can be deceiving because the conveyor doesn’t make a lot of noise and is only moving material from one end to another. However, statistics show that conveying equipment is responsible for more injuries than most all other quarry equipment combined. This is exactly why conveyor guarding is so important.
September 5, 2017 - Cornerstone Standards Council auditors have conducted a full assessment of CRH Canada Group's Paris Pit and is pleased to announce the granting of it's third certificate of conformance for responsible aggregate extraction.
September 5, 2017 - A recent study, funded by OSSGA, found that within the three Plan Areas, aggregate rehabilitation created 293 ha of aquatic habitat.
September 5, 2017 - On August 8, 2017, MNRF released a new study that it commissioned to update knowledge and information on aggregate resources in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The study was conducted in 2016 by Golder Associates Ltd. in  conjunction with MHBC Planning, Altus Group and Dionne Bacchus and Associates.
August 28, 2017 - Vulcan Materials Company, the largest producer of construction aggregates in the U.S., announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Polaris Materials Corporation, an aggregates and logistics company, which serves key California markets from strategically situated operations in British Columbia. The Polaris business includes a high capacity aggregates processing plant and deep water port on Vancouver Island along with associated long term aggregate reserves and five distribution yard outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Long Beach, Calif.
August 24, 2017 - The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) has long advanced the notion of collapsing the Aggregate Mines License Fee and Aggregate Transportation Fee into a single Community Enhancement Levy, calculated on aggregate tonnage extraction. The proposed CEL is designed to provide municipalities that host quarries with higher, more predicable revenues they can use for local infrastructure priorities.
August 21, 2017 - In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Leoben investigated how excavation methods for hard rock could be improved by using microwave irradiation so as to make classical mechanical excavation easier and save energy.
August 11, 2017 - With the first ESTMA reporting cycle coming to a close, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, links to 683 individual, consolidated, and substituted have been published on the NRCan website.
July 28, 2017 - Aggregate producers often struggle to co-exist with nearby communities.

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