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A High Performance Oil Sands body on its route for delivery to Fort McMurray
Asking Specific Questions Brings Fleet Engineered for Oil Sands Mining The result of this quest for answers is now at work in the Athabasca oil sands around Fort McMurray, Alberta.
By Josh Swank, Sales and Marketing Manager, Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.
Philippi-Hagenbuch has engineered a High Performance, oil sands specific truck body design currently introduced
in the application that address the three major challenges inherent in the grueling oil sands operations. First, the
Albert Einstein once said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning.” In the mining industry, a lack of designs are eliminating the loaf effect — that amalgamated and compacted 400-ton block of sand that releases
inquisitiveness may lead to a blissful ignorance but it certainly won’t increase efficiencies. in a loaf, jarring the truck and operator. Second, minimizing “carryback” material, ensuring the bulk of the load
is dumped the first time for greater efficiency. Finally, enhancing the life of the truck body well beyond the
While one may claim necessity is the mother of invention, questioning and analyzing how methods and systems traditionally accepted three-year replacement point.
can be improved is the catalyst to discovering necessities. Understandably, when working in the middle of Canada’s
oil sands, where trucks operate around the clock every day of the year, it’s nearly impossible to pull the nose from
the grindstone long enough to provide thorough analysis. But fortunately some manufacturers/”inventors” have Slicing the Loaf
assisted by taking a long hard look at the process and ensuing headaches within this application. It takes little imagination to envision 400 tons of sticky, oil-laden sand jostled and bumped around as it’s hauled
on access roads to a dumping point for processing. During that journey, the shaking and jolts result in a vibratory
Each day in oil sands mines like the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray Alberta, 1.5 million tons of moist sand effect that compacts the sands into a firm 400-ton loaf. Much like brown sugar falls in a formed mass from a
laden with thick, sticky bitumen are loaded into some of the biggest trucks ever manufactured and transported measuring cup, this sand releases in a solid block once the truck body lifts.
to crushers for the oil extraction process. Time and again, massive shovels dump scoops of 100 tons of the heavy,
sticky sand into the unyielding truck beds. Loaded with 400 ton of material, the oil sands trucks then transport With a significant amount of load over the rear axle, the dumping motion oftentimes causes the front of the truck
and dump the material for separation. — which weighs almost a hundred tons on its own — to lift up off of the ground. As the 400-ton loaf releases, the
truck and its driver also release from suspension and slam back into the ground. This repeated process stresses
On the surface, it may appear as though truck bodies don’t deviate much from one design to another with their both the truck chassis and the drivers, who over time can suffer from back and neck issues caused by the repeated
applications deviating even less. However, take a moment or two to speak with an operator about the pain in his/ whole body vibration exerted upon them.
her day and it’s easy to see that assertion couldn’t be further from the truth. Spending some time with operators
of mines in the oil sands will quickly reveal the necessity for dedicated oil sands truck bodies designed from the High Performance oil sands bodies feature several carefully engineered modifications to assist in slicing up that
floor up for the challenges specific to these mining operations. The new designs offer enhanced truck body life – loaf of compacted sand. A unique bed design features severe tapering of the sides of the truck body. Rather than
raising expectations beyond the meager three years – enhanced performance and improved operator comfort. the traditional parallel-sides of standard truck bodies, which serve as a chute for the compacted loaf, significantly
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An inherent challenge in oil sands mining, the loaf effect illustrated above results
in considerable jarring of the truck chassis and operator. New designs of High
By utilizing the patented lift system, required lifting height is lowered, Performance Oil Sands Bodies incorporate unique features to help break up that A patented lift system offered by Philippi-Hagenbuch reduces stress
while safety is enhanced. loaf as the truck empties, eliminating that whole body vibration. on the body sidewalls.
tapered sides effectively increase the opening at the end of the truck bed contact with the surface and any attempt to spread or wet the material Extending Life
by 10 to 20 percent. This increased width at the dumping point, removes results in those water molecules quickly rejoining to beads, refusing to With the intense, around-the-clock work done in North American Oil
support from the sides of the loaf, as it is unloaded, allowing successive separate, spread or adhere to the material. Sands mines, the life expectancy of traditionally designed truck bodies
layers to crumble and drop away from the solid mass. has been approximately three years. It’s been accepted that the truck
Specific oil sands bodies, strategically place hydrophobic materials in key body floor will wear through by then due to the abrasive nature of the
To further initiate breakdown of the loaf, the back third of the truck floor problem areas of the body – those areas prone to sticking and carryback. materials hauled as well as the significant weight and the force with which
angles forward from a center point in the floor to the sidewalls. This Typically those problem areas are where two planes of the body intersect, the load is released dozens of times each day. But expectations need not
angling results in the sides of the truck body floor being significantly for instance, where the front wall and the sidewall connect or where the be lowered as new High Performance dedicated bodies evolve.
shorter than the center, thus allowing the corners of the load to fall away front or sidewall connects to the floor. As is common experience with
before the center of the load reaches the end of the floor. This effectively cleaning any surface or material, those crevices and joints tend to be the The key to any house is a good foundation. If a house isn’t built on a
removes support of the floor from the underside of the loaf edges, forcing problem area where material begins to build up. Attaching hydrophobic good foundation, it will crumble. The same holds true for truck bodies.
it to break apart as it exits the truck body exerting considerably less force steel plates to those areas reduces angles, which helps to fight sticking. To ensure a good foundation, High Performance custom truck bodies run
on not only the truck chassis, but the driver as well. In addition, the hydrophobic properties repel the sticky material virtually steel bolsters from side to side under the body floor, but unlike traditional
eliminating any carryback. It’s nearly impossible for anything to remain on bodies, which simply butt-weld the bolsters to the frame rail, High
The success of these adaptations for mining becomes clear at a glance. the truck, whether oil sands or elephants, once gravity comes into play. Performance bodies run the bolsters through the frame rails, doubling
After a week running sand, traditional truck walls are polished to a shine up the “sweet spot” within the center floor section. By intersecting the
from the abrasive load. But following a full year of doing the same in a As an added benefit, if operators aren’t fortunate enough to have a High bolsters with the frame rails, which run from front to back, these custom
truck body specifically designed for the oil sands, paint remains on the Performance Oil Sands body, hydrophobic steel liners can be added as a bodies create a super-structure that won’t buckle under the immense
sidewalls -- a true testament to the fact that the load isn’t forced to scrape retrofit to an existing body in order to improve productivity and minimize weight of the mined materials.
its way out of the chute. carryback.
This enhanced truck design couples with some of the strongest steel in
Cutting the Carryback Key as it may be, the hydrophobic material is only one carryback-preventing the world to significantly extend the life of the truck. Steel with a Brinnell
Just as the oil sands adhere to one another, that same sticky property element of the unique specific oil sands body designs. Operating in of 450, which is manufactured in Sweden, has been found to be the
culminates in material sticking to the traditional truck body floors and far northern reaches of North America, it is easy to understand that strongest, most durable steel available. High Performance oil sands bodies
walls. This property is evident in a simple walk through the sands, which environmental conditions can significantly impact performance as well. In exclusively use the Swedish steel throughout the entire body – not just the
quickly deposits a half-inch of buildup on the soles of the traveler’s areas of the country where temperatures can exceed -40 degrees Celsius load containing areas. This provides added peace of mind and extended
shoes. Imagine what happens under the weight of a 400-ton load. The and stay there for extended periods, the cold weather serves as another life for the body of the truck. In fact, ultrasonic steel plate thickness tests
resulting carryback lessens efficiency and often results in a compounding obstacle to effectively releasing the load. done on the substance after six intense months in an oil sands mine has
problem as more and more material sticks and builds in trouble areas. shown no appreciable difference in the steel’s thickness. In short, even
In essence, the same load is carried again and again when it fails to High performance oil sands bodies utilize inherent heating tools found in in the intense environment, the substance isn’t showing signs of wearing
release, taking a joyride back at the expense of the mine. More than the byproducts of the truck operation --the truck exhaust -- to provide thin. That’s expected to increase the life of the trucks by more than 25
70 tons of carryback material can stay behind, significantly decreasing heat to the body reducing the “freezing on” effect that frigid tempers percent – an entire extra year of work.
productivity. Alternatively, the truck operator must stop and manually might elicit. Relatively simple in concept and application, the manifold
heating system requires careful thought, consideration and engineering.
scrape the carryback from the floor leading to excess labor, wasted time
Different truck chassis provide the exhaust discharge in various locations A Purpose Driven Design
and decreased efficiencies. All of these changes have transformed the face of mining from an
requiring specific configurations of the manifold system based on the
make and model of truck being equipped. Additionally, while effectiveness industry making due with available “stock” equipment to one equipped
Doing the math quickly computes a negative impact on a mine’s bottom with a focused and engineered fleet dedicated to the specific challenges
line. If, for example, 50 tons of material is left as carryback after the first requires that the heat be applied to areas prone to sticking, distance in
routing that exhaust must be short enough to ensure the exhaust does not at hand. And with the size and productivity required in the oil sands
few trips of the day, and a truck makes two trips per hour — although industry, that is no small accomplishment. Reflect for a moment on the
three to four loads may be the norm — the result translates into a shortfall cool down losing it’s heating ability and condensing on manifold surfaces.
This condensation of the exhaust gases can lead to a combination of the size and significance of these operations. Consider that it took 2.6 million
of 2,000 tons of material that simply is not processed during the course of cubic meters of concrete to build the Hoover Dam. That same amount
the day. That’s like a daily free ride to 250 or so bush elephants, the largest sulfur dioxide within the exhaust and moisture from the condensation
combining to form sulfuric acid. Once this acid forms, it can pool within of material could pave a 16-foot-wide highway from Seattle, Wash., to
living land animals. Pensacola, Fla. In contrast, that same amount of oil bearing sands material
the truck body and result in serious corrosion. Evidence of this can be
seen in some truck floors where a simple metal rod can be pushed is mined and hauled over the period of just four days. Think about it: 91
The answer to the carryback problem is knocking those elephants Hoover Dams worth of material moved each year, and until now no truck
off of their feet. High Performance oil sands bodies now incorporate through the corroded floor of the truck. One exhaust routing system
offered by Philippi-Hagenbuch effectively utilizes the exhaust for heating bodies specifically designed to handle the job’s unique aspects.
hydrophobic steel in a patent pending way, which effectively prevents
the sticking effect. Hydrophobic steel is characterized by qualities like while carefully preventing any direct contact with the truck body floor or
structural components of the underside of the truck. As a result, corrosion It turns out that inquisitiveness, not ignorance, results in bliss.
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Alaska’s Changing of the Guard: The Dust Finally Settles
By Kathryn G. Arlen
For over twenty years Executive Director Steve Borell deftly directed the Alaska
Miners Association’s (AMA) statewide membership, only recently making that final perennially
On other major issues: first, the
decision to hang up his leadership hardhat. After a lengthy nationwide search, AMA’s associated with permitting. Corbett
Fish and Coal Together: How ‘Either/Or’ Becomes ‘Both/And’
Board of Directors originally hired Fred Parady from Wyoming who unexpectedly remarked, “I think Alaska is doing a
resigned for personal reasons after only three months. That must have set an uneasy fantastic job with improving its own
stage: now G. Arlen
By Kathrynwhat? permitting process. For the past few years
Enter Deantha Corbett, only 29 years old, but with very specific, directed experience they [the industry] have been doing a lot
serving Coal Project is as Projects Coordinator with the Anchorage-based Resource of outreach with the public to see what
“The Chuitnaseven years not a choice between a coal mine and fish—it is designed for BOTH,”
PacRim LP’s mantra for (RDC), involvement with AMA’s state oversight committee,
statesDevelopment Councilthe future coal mine located just 45 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska. and, it can do with its own permitting system.”
And Dan Graham, PE and Chuitna Project Manager, further emphasized that philosophy: “I just
equally to the point, a lifelong Alaskan.
think that as an industry we all need to approach our projects from a responsible development
Can Alaska serve as an example for the
Addressing my first question about the unforeseen outcome from extend your
perspective…and particularly for us, with the sensitive issue of salmon. You have to AMA’s extensive rest of the nation? “It would be wonderful
recruiting effort, Corbett responded: “They did spend months on this search…and if they did, but I don’t see that happening. Deantha Corbett is a lifelong Alaskan with many years'
efforts if you expect to move your project forward.” Executive Director,
the Alaska Mining Association's new
I think they saw they could bring in someone else with another set of ‘extenuating We really have a system that should be experience as Project Coordinator with the Resource
The future surface coal mine, with projected life span of 25 years, expects to produce an
average 12 million metric tons ofif it’s not the right fit we’re out coal per year, depending on so I the envy of the rest of the nation. We Development Council, focusing on mining and tourism.
circumstances’ and then, sub-bituminous, ultra low sulfur another executive director,
think they But it will also simultaneously protect and enhance the local environment, as
market demand. decided to look locally.” are currently doing things that can set
Corbett both in “And with my concentration I was in charge of RDC mining
Graham explained added, a Sept. 16 presentation to the Alaska Miners Association Fairbanks and examples.”
membership and in a follow-up interview.
tourism issues,” Wanting to explore that topic [i.e., “What special contributions do you “For instance,” Corbett continued, “Our administration here in the state has done a
bring plan may seem simple, at least in intent, with creates that suggests perhaps
PacRim’sto this position?”] I asked: “Especiallybut stilltourism,impressive challenges. As you great job of showcasing Alaska’s legal action when Federal overreach is happening, to
Graham explained “…the two keys are creating new [fish] habitat downstream before we start
may be more aware of issues involving mining and the general public and can better take legal action. Our Governor and Attorney General have both done a really good job
mining, and then, when we’re done, constructing habitat within the [former] mine area as part of
the reclamation plan.” the general population, hopefully gaining more support?” of stepping up and saying, ‘We’re not going to let this happen. First of all, it’s not legal,
raised that absolutely perfectly,” Corbett emphasized. mine and
“You’ve the intense publicity surrounding the proposed Pebble Copper/Gold “That’s what and you can’t get away with this, so don’t try.’”
I’ve heard people on people who are familiar mention of “fishing and The Executive
its possible adverse affectssay, Alaska’s salmon industry, anywith both of my jobs. mining” in One existing frustration along these lines, a major state [and national] concern
Committee, when discussing with the rest of questions. But “the scope that my strength and interest, is the proposed Pebble Mine. “The Federal Government is coming in and
the same sentence is bound to draw attention and many the membership, statedand issue they
was on communicating aspects of the first discussed, and continued stressing how the
have are completely different from ours,” Grahammining industry to the legislature, the public, to assessing watershed, looking for authority on the project. It does have to get Federal
the people who don’t quite understand. environmental of a policy understanding.”
coal industry in particular needs to be sensitive toSo it was moreissues: “It’s not an ‘either/or.’ permits to move forward, but it is on state land designated for mining, and they have
have an internal focus, Corbett plans to expand use of electronic media, hopefully not entered the [permitting] process yet. Still, Federal agencies like the EPA are coming
We don’t Withone resource vs. another, we’re not in competition. We’re in partnership.” Further
reaching towards he cited several highly successful reclamation examples from around
emphasizing this concept younger potential members, used to Facebook and Twitter: the in and trying to make pre-judgments on it. I don’t want to say that Pebble is moving too
“What I think I can offer is bring this organization up to Mine if you will, Fork Natural stream after not quickly efforts, and happy salmon enjoying his/her new home.
state including the Denali Mine at Valdez Creek, Fish Creek at Fort Knox date, [gold], Middlewhile still quickly or mine reclamationenough. Ia just think that it hasn’t started yet, and people are still
of Red Dog Creek at the Red Dog Mine [zinc], and others.
preserving the other forms of communication.” trying to make judgments.”
As Graham reiterated throughout his comments and presentation much current opposition
assuming can’t be done” criticism, but PacRim [and one companies]
Since officiallyon the “this her responsibilities as of June 1, 2012,other of Corbett’s top added that the state’s Fish and Game department has been boththe National Strategic and Critical
to mining efforts centers Surfacing at the national level, on a positive note, is cooperative and helpful in “pointing
challenges is addressing a proposed initiative governing Alaska’s coastal can coexist
intend to continue proving that successful and enhancing environmental reclamationmanagement, us towards the science behindof 2012 (H.R. 4402) aimed at “streamlining the approval process
Minerals Production Act the designing. But I wouldn’t say that turns into instant approval. We
appearing as Ballot Measure 2 exist where none did primary election. The Alaska State
with necessary mining activity. Lakes nowin the August 28th before, natural stream beds resume, stillfor permits to mine rare earth minerals” (Jack Caldwell’s post on “I Think Mining.”)
have to prove our design on its merits.”
Design approval, of Earth translates into is hoped-for, eventual “green light” for permitting.
wetland ponds form in depressions of reclaimed areas, ducks, beaver, moose, etc. utilize theit ended Extraction of Rare course, Metals (REM)thatof particular interest to Alaska with Bokan
Legislature was unable to agree on extending the previous program when areas,
As have many others,exploration stage, and this state is “poised incredible challenge,” Graham
and inlast session,fish population has 6,640 miles ofreclamation efforts. vulnerable. (Alaska’s tidal Mountain in an “We are finding the permitting avenue to be an to be the world’s leader in
many cases leaving Alaska’s increased after general coastline
PacRim’s efforts will address two time periods: during the over 47,000 miles—nationally REM exports,” Corbett commented in EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process that
shoreline, including islands, sounds, and bays totalsmine’s lifetime and after mining understandably lamented. “We are in an a June address to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber
of Commerce. “We’ve got and we’re in amazing prospects here, [Bokan and a half to go.
has ceased. Some ofwith projects a distant second.) creating side-channels for salmon rearing normally takes about two years,some pretty year five and still have at least a yearMountain being
number one, the Florida during mining include
and spawning, adding nutrients, monitoring replacement [as needed], and implementing lacking any It beganone] and since critical minerals go into everything we use, there’s always going to
Commenting on the proposed and adjusting plan, Corbett stressed: “It’s the ARED just
Why is this taking so long, or longer than originally expected? “It’s combination of things,” Graham
system as an alternative plan if salmon in there we cannot live on their own. (With this approach 13 be a demand. We’ve got one of the few locations on the planet, China, of course, has a
clear direction…there is much don’t successfully spawn with. For example, it asks for a
the fish are captured, their eggs fertilized, then the salmon are released into their natural habitat for continued. “For one, agencies want more and more information, so we’ve had to go back and gather
member board [representing each coastal district]...but doesn’t require them to have additional baselineand our Congressional delegation recognizes that.” and that has put things
‘ton’ of them, information. Plus we have redone the design since 2006,
incubation, thus avoiding the “hatchery fish” label.)
of scientific background at all, period biology, geology, eco-systems, etc.
any sort traditional post-mining reclamationsuch ashabitat reconstruction will constitute theIt’s on hold untilChina’s economic growthBut this is being thoroughly vetted. I mean, the levelthe
During the With our new plan is finalized. currently slowing, including exports, “We have of
are appointed, not elected.”
very political; they streams in particular, surface as a major issue.
main focus. Water supply, chance to being given to this mineral supply,” conclude is quite intense.
scrutiny that iscontribute to this project….” one canCorbett eagerly added, “since we currently
thing you have to members, Corbett continued, “It provides for our case with to
“The firstFor selecting the do is look hard at what you’re dealing with, and in three names the be And perhaps thatof as it should be, as the project manager continued commenting on the “state of
import 100% is our critical minerals. Let’s focus concentration on how Alaska can
world” from the mining perspective, citing such organizations as the powerful Sierra Club and its
put to the governor, and hemostly dealingone—the public has nosecond issue is testing thecontribute to REM needs.”
Chuit River and its tributaries we’re has to pick with coho salmon.” The say over this. It could
Considering Alaska’s overall mineral resource status, industry. In other words, one aim of
fish numbers/population, then the thirdis absolutely anti-development or a ‘development at all persistent “bird-dogging” efforts, particularly relating to the coal Corbett emphatically concluded:
go either way, someone who and fourth steps in this reclamation process focus on water
costs’ type of individual, neither of which should be mostly storm that regulates have this particular coal mine project is to prove the critics wrong: “you say it can’t be done. Here’s proof
management (flow/discharge) and quality. “Our water source ison the board water. We don’t natural “Our potential could go off the chart.”
a processing wash, no chemical process involved, and that’s a key—this is soft coal, ultra low sulfur. that it can, and we will continue to do it right.” Once again, another tangible example of transforming
resources. And we have a huge problem with that.”
Some power plants can get compliance [just] by burning this coal.” Thus, understanding “area the “either/or” dictum into a productive, inclusive “both/and” philosophy, with results.
hydrology and hydrogeology in the area” is critical for generating a successful water management
plan for streams both below and adjacent toconsultant, scientist, and freelance writer in Fairbanks, Alaska. She G. Arlenreached via email at email@example.com.
Kathryn G. Arlen is a communications the mine site. can be
MA [professional communication] is a consultant and freelance writer in Fairbanks, Alaska. She
In addition to identifying and researching case studies from around the Pacific Northwest, Graham can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on
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yards of waste. Currently one-third full, the landfill will likely reach capacity around 2045. As the Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more
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How aHough Stopped the Nazi Bomb
It’s hard to remember but, 70 years ago, victory wasn’t assured for the Allied in World War Two.
America’s first ground offensive at Guadalcanal occurred 70 years ago in August, and there were
serious concerns that America might be forced to retreat from the island. Rommel still controlled
North Africa, the Russians were being forced back to a city on the Volga called Stalingrad, and
U-boats were still threatening to starve Britain.
However, one major victory had been won a year earlier when the Americans had managed
to acquire a large stockpile of uranium ore from right under the Nazis’ noses. It helped assure
America had enough uranium to end the war, while denying the Germans the chance to build their
own nuclear device.
One of the great mysteries of the Second World War is why the Germans didn’t build an atomic
bomb before the United States. They led the world in splitting the atom and in particle physics.
They had Nobel Prize winning nuclear scientists. They had a world class industrial base with trained
engineers, who designed rocket aircraft, the first practical ballistic missile, and the first combat jet
fighter. Why didn’t they get any further with nuclear research?
As more of the records are declassified from the WWII era, it appears that German scientists
were much more involved in developing an atomic bomb than many thought and for part of the
war actually led the US in development. Although there are several reasons the US finally won the
nuclear weapons race, one critical reason has a lot to do with a Belgium miner, who kept the Nazis
from getting a critical stockpile of uranium ore in the early days of the war and made sure it found
its way to the United States.
Edgar Sengier was born in Courtrai, Belgium in 1879. In 1903 he graduated as a mining engineer
from the University of Louvain. He then joined Union Miniere, which had begun copper mining Albert Einstein writes President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting the President to the importance of research on nuclear
chain reactions and the possibility that research might lead to developing powerful bombs. Einstein notes that Germany
operations in the Belgium Congo. There, he was involved in the building of the Shinkolobwe Mine, has stopped the sale of uranium and German physicists are engaged in uranium research.
which had the richest uranium ore deposits. At the time, uranium was primarily used for glazing
for ceramics although the ore was also a feedstock for radium production. Congo decided to side with the government instead of the King. This made good economic sense
As the clouds of war were gathering around Europe, the German nuclear program was reaching because the Allies were buying all the mined minerals and the Congo was prosperous. However,
high gear. German scientists were beginning to design a nuclear reactor, but their calculations there were still German agents and supporters of King Leopold in the Congo who would do what
showed that they needed more uranium. They already had the uranium deposits at Joachimsthal, they could to help Hitler’s war effort.
Czechoslovakia, but the reserves weren’t large enough to give them the necessary material. Since By this time, Sengier had moved to the United States, where he continued to direct UM’s
the Congo was the largest source of uranium, they sent out feelers to Union Miniere about buying worldwide operations and support the Belgium government in exile. But the problem of the
ore from the Congo facility. uranium remained. The mine had closed in May 1940 after Belgium’s surrender to the Nazis.
The man the German agents met with was Sengier, who was now the president of UM. However, over a thousand tons of uranium ore remained above ground, where it would be a
However, Sengier was suspicious. He had supplied the Curies with radioactive materials for years tempting target for German agents. If he let it stay there, chances were that it would be stolen by
and knew the potential of a nuclear explosive. He was also leery of a nation that had fought the Nazis and secretly shipped to Germany.
Belgium just twenty years before. Sengier’s solution was to buy the ore himself at a little over a dollar a pound and ship it
Sengier tried to find another customer. By 1939, both France and Britain were interested in somewhere where the Germans couldn’t get their hands on it.
uranium, although the US remained blissfully ignorant of its potential. In May, he went to London The problem was getting the uranium out of the Congo without the Germans hearing about it
to meet with Sir Henry Tizard, the head of England’s nuclear program. The meeting was a disaster. and trying to stop it. The route Sengier picked was through Portuguese Angola, which had a direct
Tizard said that the UK wouldn’t be willing to buy the Belgium stockpiles because they cost too rail line from the Congo mines to the port of Lobito on the Atlantic Ocean. Although Portugal had
much. maintained strict neutrality, its colonies were hotbeds of covert German activity. If the Germans
A year later, the situation had changed dramatically for the worse. Germany invaded and learned what was happening, they would definitely try to divert the shipment.
defeated Norway, Holland, Belgium, and France in spring of 1940. Norway, which fell first, was the Sengier and his workers kept the operation secret and the uranium was successfully shipped
largest producer of heavy water, a moderator needed for nuclear reactors. France had an extensive from the Congo to New York, where it was stored in a warehouse on Staten Island. He then
nuclear program under the Curies, and Belgium had the largest uranium stockpile in Europe and contacted the US government to see if they wanted it. He didn’t get any response.
ownership of the richest uranium mine. Before the guns had stopped shooting in Western Europe, Unbeknownst to Sengier and most Americans, the US had begun a massive project to build
German agents had confiscated tons of uranium compounds from Belgium warehouses. a nuclear bomb, the Manhattan Project. It didn’t take long for the scientists to discover that
they only had small uranium deposits in Canada and the US and that they would need a lot more
THE MANHATTEN PROJECT uranium. Just as with the Germans, they knew that the Congo was the answer. However, with the
mine closed, the Americans didn’t know how much ore they could acquire.
Although the Germans had confiscated the uranium in Belgium, the fate of the Belgium Congo In 1941, Colonel Nichols visited Sengier in New York and requested as much uranium ore as
and its uranium mine was still up in the air as two Belgium factions fought for control of the colony. they could get from the Congo, even though the request might be hard to fulfill quickly. Sengier
King Leopold III had quickly surrendered to the Germans without consulting the government of responded, “You can have the ore right now. It is already in New York – 1,000 tons of it. I have been
Prime Minister Pierlot. While the King stayed in occupied Belgium, the government fled the country waiting for your visit.” A note scribbled on the spot released the uranium ore to the US. Sengier
and went to Britain, where it continued to fight alongside the allies. Eventually, most officials in the also restarted the Congo uranium operation.
1941 was to be turning point in the race for the atomic bomb. Although the Germans had
OUTBOARD BEARING begun the year in the lead thanks to its scientists, experience, and uranium, the Americans were
to quickly catch up thanks to its industrial base, the scientists who had fled Hitler, and Sengier’s
RUBBER COATED uranium. It was that ore that led to the first controlled nuclear reactor and the first atomic bombs.
GEAR PUMP Without that shipment, the US couldn’t have processed enough uranium to produce the bombs
when they did.
PUMPS EMULSION Fortunately, the German nuclear effort stalled. Not only did they lack sufficient stocks of
uranium ore, Hitler decided to put more money and effort into other weapons. However, when
AND OTHER LIQUIDS the Allies captured Germany, they discovered that the Germans had progressed enough to
develop a nuclear device that if built, was to be dropped on New York in 1946. The design wasn’t
as sophisticated as the American bomb and may not have worked, but it would have certainly
Raven Pump changed the complexion of the war.
In recognition of Sengier’s actions, in 1946 he became the first non-American to be awarded
a division of Watson/Hopper, Inc. the Medal for Merit. The story was to remain secret for decades, but the award noted his, “wartime
services in the realm of raw materials.” He was also given high awards by the British, French, and
(575) 397-2411 ext. 424 his own nation. He even had a radioactive mineral, “sengierite” found in the Congo named after
FAX (575) 393-1435 him.
P.O. Box 10 - 1700 W. Marland Sengier continued to head UM after the war and even after retiring, remained honorary
Hobbs, NM 88240 chairman of the permanent committee. In addition to his wartime contributions, he was a pioneer
E-mail: email@example.com in the industrial development of Africa and making the Congo copper mines the largest at that
time. He died in 1963 at the age of 74.
About Pennaluna & Company of North Idaho
In 1926 — when gold was $21 and Coolidge had the White House — stockbroker Alex
Pennaluna opened a small office in Wallace, a booming mining town in North Idaho.
The surrounding Coeur d'Alene Mountains were rugged, rich in ore and alive with miners, so
Alex kept busy trading gold and silver stocks.
Mining stockbrokers for 85 years Decades passed and the little outfit flourished. Pennaluna & Company earned a name for fine
All US and Canadian exchanges – OTCBB and OTC service and stock market know-how.
Restricted stock sales – US or CDN
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Rockefeller seeks input on tech familiar with it — a pattern of cost reduction called learning-by-doing."
to save coal industry
Scientists have warned that carbon capture, carbon reduction or whatever else can be done to decrease
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is necessary to prevent continued warming trends. Under current law, CCS
may not be feasible, the CBO found.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said he is contacting multiple sides of the coal debate in an attempt to find a
way to continue burning coal, but in a way that meets goals of reducing pollution. Natural gas can meet current proposed greenhouse gas standards, but new coal plants without some sort
of CCS technology or extreme efficiency measures will not fit.
In an email, the senator said he is seeking "broad input" about carbon capture and storage challenges and
opportunities. "If, however, new policies restricted or imposed a price on CO2 emissions, the domestic stock of electricity
generation plants would turn over more rapidly, and CCS technology would become more competitive
"America is a land of innovation, and we've proven throughout history that we can meet any challenge and economically, increasing the potential for construction of CCS-equipped plants in the United States," the CBO
reach any goal," Rockefeller said. "We can either decide to do something to address coal's future, or not. I report states. "The amount of investment in CCS would depend on how the costs for the different alternatives
think we can, and we will." would compare with costs for electricity generation without CCS."
The effort comes weeks after Rockefeller delivered remarks on the Senate floor that many in the coal Another alternative, the CBO report concluded, may be to set a price on carbon emissions.
industry interpreted as a scathing critique of the industry. Rockefeller largely rebuked industry efforts to not
give into environmental regulations and resisting change. Rockefeller said seeking those energy policies which will best advance national interest should be a priority.
Rockefeller said efforts should instead be focused on delivering real solutions to burning coal more efficiently "I have long believed that a rational and comprehensive energy policy is a national priority and one that
and with controls over carbon emissions. has eluded our nation for far too long," Rockefeller wrote. "Recognizing our current economic and political
circumstances, we must focus our efforts on the twin challenges of how best to advance our domestic
"The future of coal, and frankly that of all fossil fuels, depends on technology to use energy resources more resources and drive smart investments that spark innovation of new and improved sources of energy. You play
cleanly," Rockefeller said. "There are many technologies on the horizon, but few are ready to be immediately a critical part in meeting these challenges."
deployed at commercial scale. Moreover, in order to address global issues like climate change, we must be
honest about the need to clean up fossil fuels, especially in developing nations. We have to make the collective Last month, Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced legislation that would "prohibit the Environmental
choice between developing key technologies of the future here in the United States or ceding that role to other Protection Agency from implementing a rule requiring stringent emissions standards for new or existing coal
countries." fired power plants, until carbon capture sequestration technology is deemed economically and technically
The challenges of carbon capture and storage are vast. While the coal industry would likely welcome a
cheap CCS technology, currently it appears that CCS is going to be costly and difficult to implement. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed standard on greenhouse gas emissions, McKinley said
in the July release, would "cripple" the coal industry before it had a chance to install new technologies and
Further, some believe the CCS technology won't appear at all without first charging the industry for the reduce carbon emissions.
carbon emits, or forcing carbon emissions reductions. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office looked at
what it might take to fully deploy CCS technology. "This preliminary EPA rule could literally cripple the future of coal because the implementation of carbon
capture is not yet technologically or economically feasible," McKinley said. "Utilities will simply stop building
"Engineers have estimated that, on average, electricity generated by the first CCS-equipped commercial- coal-fired power plants and switch to gas fired units. That would result in the loss of thousands of good paying
scale plants would initially be about 75 percent more costly than electricity generated by conventional coal- coal jobs."
fired plants," the CBO stated. "That initial cost differential would probably shrink, however, as the technology
became more widely applied and equipment manufacturers and construction companies became more
Hecla Terminates Offer for U.S. Silver Corporation terms of the tender offer.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho--Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) (“Hecla”) has announced that, following an About Hecla Mining Company
announcement earlier made by U.S. Silver Corporation (“U.S. Silver”) that a sufficient number of its common
shareholders have voted to approve a transaction with RX Gold & Silver, Hecla has terminated its offers to Established in 1891, Hecla Mining Company is a leading low cash cost silver producer in the U.S. The
acquire all of the outstanding common shares and common share purchase warrants of U.S. Silver (the “Hecla company has two operating mines and exploration properties in four world-class silver mining districts in the
Offer”). U.S. and Mexico.
As previously disclosed, the Hecla Offer was conditional upon the proposed RX transaction not proceeding or More information: Sr. Vice President - CFO, Jim Sabala, 208-209-1255 ; email@example.com
such transaction otherwise terminating. All U.S. Silver common shares and common share purchase warrants www.hecla-mining.com
previously tendered and not withdrawn under the Hecla Offer will be returned promptly in accordance with the
Titan Announces Planned Exploration
and Metallurgical Program
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Titan Iron Ore Corp. ("Titan", the "Company") (OTCBB:TFER) is pleased to
announce its planned drilling and metallurgical programs at the Strong Creek and Iron Mountain Fe/
Ti deposits at the Wyoming Iron Complex located in Albany County, Wyoming.
Subject to available funding and permitting, the Company plans to implement a Phase I resource
delineation drilling program at the Strong Creek and Iron Mountain Project sites. This program is
anticipated to consist of a minimum of twenty drill holes at Strong Creek at an average depth of
900 feet, and possibly two confirmation drillholes at Iron Mountain at an average depth of 400
feet. The drill program will be initiated after completion of a geologic map, an aerial geophysical
magnetic survey of 250 line-km over the Strong Creek deposit, and a surface magnetic survey,
intended to further delineate the extent of the magnetic signature of the mineralized zone and to
assist in the optimum siting of drill holes. The Company has also engaged an expert metallurgical
consultant to review historical data and test work and to recommend a program of testing designed
to initially investigate amenability of Strong Creek ores to production of high grade iron and titanium
concentrates. The aeromagnetic program has begun and other aspects of the planned work are,
expected to commence this month, subject to the Company arranging the necessary financing at
an expected total cost of roughly $2 million. NEW MinNoCat
Passively regenerating control system
Subject to the results of Phase I, regulatory approvals, and additional funding, the Company Ideal for STEADY STATE operations
expects to commence a Phase II exploration, which will consist of additional infill drilling, deposit
delineation drilling, and detailed metallurgical studies, including pyrometallugical tests designed to
produce high-grade, enhanced value, semi-steel and titanium products.
Passively regenerating control system
Andrew Brodkey, President of Titan, commented: "We are extremely pleased to announce our Ideal for FREQUENT IDLING operations
planned program to commence intensive drilling on the Strong Creek property; the larger of the
two deposits within the Wyoming Iron Complex controlled by Titan, as well as potential confirmation
drilling at Iron Mountain, which exhibits higher historical Fe and Ti grades than seen to date at
Diesel oxidation catalyst system
Strong Creek. Previous programs conducted by Titan at Strong Creek have encountered iron and
titanium mineralization throughout the entire lengths of the drill holes. We hope and expect that
the Phase I program, when completed, will continue to demonstrate the uniformity of grade in the
Strong Creek deposit."
There is no assurance that the Company will arrange sufficient funding in time to commence its
work program in this drilling season. Low Temperature, Low Maintenance,
About Titan Iron Ore Corp.
Titan is based in Tucson, Arizona and trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the trading symbol
"TFER". The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of iron ore exploration and
development mining properties located in regions that enjoy stable politics, sound economies and
friendly business environments.
For further information please go to the Titan Iron Ore Corp. website: 2144 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd, Suite 700, Rochester, NY 14623
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U.S. Forest Service approves Jacobs and Metso Announce Transaction
supplemental plan of operations at in Iron Ore Pelletizing Business
Atlanta Gold project PASADENA, Calif. -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today that it has sold its iron ore
pelletizing intellectual property and other assets to Metso Corporation.
TORONTO - Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSXV: ATG; OTCQX: ATLDF) (the "Company") announces that the U.S.
Forest Service ("USFS") has approved the Supplemental Plan of Operations (the "SPOO") submitted by Officials did not disclose the terms of the agreement, but confirmed the transaction between Jacobs and
the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Atlanta Gold Corporation ("AGC"), for the 900 Adit Closure and Metso has closed.
Reclamation Plan pertaining to short-term water treatment and evaluation of the Adit near the Company's
Atlanta gold project (the "Project") in Idaho. Jacobs and Metso previously shared interests in the straight grate iron ore pelletizing business, with
Jacobs providing process engineering and Metso providing machine design. Jacobs and Metso recognized
The SPOO was prepared following consultation with consulting engineers, the USFS, the United States the opportunity to streamline their offerings to customers by consolidating ownership within Metso through
Environmental Protection Agency and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and it addresses this sale.
the following initiatives:
Jacobs plans to continue supporting Metso from its engineering centers in India and Pittsburgh, Pa., and to
Diversion of Montezuma Creek and realignment of USFS Road 207; continue supporting customers with Balance of Plant (BOP) engineering and construction services for iron ore
Maintenance and additions to the Existing Pilot Water Treatment Facility; and
Jacobs Group Vice President Andy Kremer stated, "We are pleased to announce this sale to Metso. Jacobs
Underground evaluation for closure of the 900 Level Adit. and Metso have a long and successful relationship working together, and our collaboration is expected to
While implementing the SPOO, the Company will continue its test-processing bulk sample program continue. The sale is intended to facilitate further investment in and development of the technology, and
which is designed to more fully evaluate how to optimize the economic potential of the Atlanta property. to strengthen overall services to customers. Under the new arrangement, both Jacobs and Metso are well-
positioned to benefit from anticipated growth in the iron ore and iron pellets business."
In the first quarter of 2012 the Company reported an updated NI 43-101 resource estimate by P&E
Mining Consultants Inc. which comprised an Indicated mineral resource of 752,000 gold ounces within Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction
7.77 million tons at an average grade of 0.097 ounces per ton ("opt") (3.32 grams per tonne) ("gpt") Au services.
and an Inferred mineral resource of 385,900 ounces contained within 2.72 million tons at an average
grade of 0.142 opt (4.87 gpt) Au. Using a gold to silver price ratio of 50.35:1, the updated Indicated Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements.
mineral resource is 785,000 gold equivalent ("AuEq") ounces within 7.77 million tons at an average We base these forward-looking statements on management's current estimates and expectations as well
grade of 0.101 opt (3.46 gpt) AuEq and the Inferred mineral resource is 397,300 AuEq ounces within 2.72 as currently available competitive, financial and economic data. Forward-looking statements, however, are
million tons at an average grade of 0.146 opt (5.01 gpt) AuEq. inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors that could cause business results to differ materially
from our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors which may occur that could
As previously announced in the Company's news release of July 20 th, on July 19 th the U.S. District cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements please refer to our 2011 Form 10-K, and
Court for the State of Idaho ordered AGC to implement measures to come into compliance with the NPDES in particular the discussions contained under Items 1 - Business, 1A - Risk Factors, 3 - Legal Proceedings,
Permits and to pay a penalty in the amount of US$2,000,000 by October 31, 2012. and 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We do not
undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.
In order to implement the SPOO and to comply with the Court order by October 31 st, the Company
and / or AGC will require significant funding in excess of current financial resources. The Company is Web Site: http://www.jacobs.com
currently investigating a number of financing alternatives to generate the required funds.
"Approval of the SPOO demonstrates cooperation between AGC and the other agencies for
advancement of the Project. Now that the SPOO has been approved and the final damage award is
known, future costs can be more accurately determined and tendered. These costs can now be reflected
Company Announcement: Mine Site
in our financial projections for the Atlanta gold project with much greater certainty," said Wm. Ernest
Simmons, President and CEO of the Company.
Technologies at MINExpo, Stand #2371
Mine Site Technologies (MST) is the global leader in communication technologies dedicated to the mining industry. MST
About the Company began 23 years ago by providing the mining industry with the first commercially available PED (Personal Emergency Device)
Atlanta Gold Inc. holds through its 100% owned subsidiary, Atlanta Gold Corporation, leases, options using Through-The-Earth (TTE) technology. MST continues to be a driving force in bringing new technologies to the mining
or ownership interests in its Atlanta properties which comprise approximately 2,159 acres (8.74 square industry including the creation of the “ImPact - One Network” solution for today’s digital mine. The primary drivers for all MST
kilometers) located 90 air kilometers east of Boise, in Elmore County, Idaho. A long history of mining product development s are in providing the customer with the opportunity for improving their productivity and at the same
makes Atlanta very suitable for development of new mining projects. The Company is focused on time enhancing their safety MINExpo - the world’s largest mining exhibition being held in Las Vegas, NV, USA – September 24
advancing its core asset, Atlanta, towards mine development and production. -26, 2012 - provides Mine Site Technologies the opportunity to showcase its newest and the most advanced communication
technologies. “ImPact”, the wireless 802.11 standards based network communications system, provides its users with
simplicity, reliability, expandability, and unsurpassed functionality in the mining environment. MST will have an operating
ImPact system at it stand in the North Hall, #2371 to provide first-hand, hands-on demonstrations of the true functionality of
U.S. Silver Receives Shareholder the ImPact system. Included will be the MinePhone VoIP telephone handset and the ICCL (Integrated Communications Cap
Lamp) that incorporates text messaging and tracking into a single cap lamp product.
Approval for Combination with RX Gold MST will showcase its full range of products:
• ImPact - Underground Digital Communications and Tracking System
TORONTO - U.S. Silver Corporation (TSX: USA) ("U.S. Silver" or the "Company") is pleased to announce • Tagging Systems - Personnel and vehicle tracking.
that at the special meeting of shareholders held today, U.S. Silver shareholders approved the proposed • VIP - Vehicle Intelligence Platform: real-time vehicle diagnostics and payload data system.
combination transaction with RX Gold & Silver Inc. ("RX Gold") to be completed by plan of arrangement. • VDV - Leaky Feeder Radio System
• Wireless Mesh - High bandwidth mobile networks; underground and surface.
U.S. Silver will seek final approval of the plan of arrangement from the Ontario Superior Court of • ICCL - Integrated Communications Cap Lamp
Justice on August 9, 2012. Closing of the combination transaction is subject to receipt of such final • MinePhone - In mine / mine purposed VoIP wireless communications from any area at a mine covered by wireless
approval and satisfaction of certain other customary conditions, and is expected to occur on or about network (including underground to surface)
August 13, 2012. • PED® - Personal Emergency Device: TTE (Through-The-Earth) emergency and general communications system
• BlastPED - Remote blast initiation system using the PED transmission system
About U.S. Silver Corporation • Complementary partner products
U.S. Silver, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates the Galena, Coeur, Caladay The Mine Site Technologies stand will be a must-stop location at MINExpo for all who are interested in mine
and Dayrock silver‐lead‐copper mines in Shoshone County, Idaho, with the Galena mine being the second communication technologies. In addition, MST’s ultimate vision is to be the partner of choice for underground and surface
most prolific silver mine in U.S. history. Total silver production from U.S. Silver's mining complex has mining communications infrastructure, world-wide. Working on six continents, MST’s offices and service support centers
exceeded 217 million ounces of silver production since 1953. U.S. Silver controls a land package now are strategically located in the world’s primary mining regions and will be well represented at MINExpo with MST personnel
totaling approximately 14,000 acres in the heart of the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. U.S. Silver is on hand from all of those regions. At MST we train our employees, design our products, operate our business, and support
focused on expanding the production from existing operations as well as exploring and developing its customer safety initiatives to create a global culture of safety. This is an integral part of our corporate culture and is reflected
extensive Silver Valley holdings in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. in all that we do, including MINExpo.
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DOOSAN DL300, DL350 WHEEL LOADERS BOOST LIFTING CAPABILITY
Tier 4-Interim upgrade delivers higher horsepower to the DL300 and DL350 wheel loaders than their predecessors, Doosan says.
Tier 4-Interim upgrade delivers higher horsepower to the DL300 and
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ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee Wins Billy Vaughn, General Manager of ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee,
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Borax:Hough to Protecting American Tanks
It may be hard to equate the super strong armor of the M-1 Abrams Tank with the At the same time the mine became an
mining in Death Valley or laundry products, but they have a lot more in common that we open pit operation, processing facilities
would think. In fact, what makes it so hard to destroy an American tank has more to do were built on site. This expansion allowed
with borax than steel. it to become one of the major suppliers
Unlike the tanks of World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, top of the line Western tanks of borates and boric acid. Most of the
like the American Abrams and the British Challenger rely on ceramics to stop high speed processing of the borates for agriculture,
penetrator rounds or shaped explosive ammunition that are their major enemy. The industrial, and specialty applications
armor is called Chobham Armor and it was invented in Britain. occurs at Boron and at a second refining
Although the exact design of Chobham Armor is a secret, it is known to be composed and distribution operation in Wilmington,
of ceramic tiles encased within a metal matrix and bonded to a backing plate and several CA.
elastic layers. Due to the extreme hardness of the ceramics used, they offer superior Borax is used in more than armor.
resistance. They shatter light weight projectiles, literally wear out and stop higher speed Borax is commonly though of as a laundry
penetrators as they go into the armor and destroy the symmetry of an exploding shaped detergent, and for good reason. Borates
charge. have unique properties that help stain removal and bleaching, while softening water and
A key to this hardness is boron carbide, which is nearly as hard as a diamond. A boosting surfactant performance. Borates also control bacteria and fungi.
ceramic made of boron carbide is lighter, and harder than other ceramics, even though Although the Boraxo/Borateem/20-Mule Team product lines were sold to Dial
it is more expensive. These ceramics can have a protection value 25 times greater than Corporation in 1988, there are still many products that Borax produces. It’s a critical
a sheet of steel of the same weight. And, since boron absorbs neutrons, it provides the component in fertilizer because boron is an essential micronutrient for plants, vital to
tank crew protection from nuclear blasts. their growth and development. Without sufficient boron, plant fertilization, seeding and
Boron carbide comes from a family of borate compounds usually called borax. fruiting are not possible.
Fortunately, this is one strategic material that the US has in abundance. Borax (formerly Although boron compounds are used in the latest ceramic tank armor, that is also
US Borax) is a part of the Rio Tinto Group and operates California’s largest open pit mine one of its oldest uses, as evidenced by Chinese ceramics from the tenth century AD.
in Boron, California - one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. The company Borates are used to initiate glass formation and reduce glass viscosity, helping to form
supplies nearly half the world’s demand for refined borates. a smooth surface; and to reduce thermal expansion, facilitating a good fit between the
Borax began doing business about 130 years ago and today mines at its open pit glaze or enamel and the item it covers. Borates in glazes and enamels also increase the
operation in Boron, CA. This mine, which currently supplies nearly half of the world’s refractive index, or luster; enhance durability and resistance to chemicals; and help
borax was discovered in 1925 and went into production in 1927. Originally, it was an dissolve coloring agents.
underground mine for mining tincal ore; the principle sodium borate mineral. In the late As a ceramic armor, boron carbide has been outstanding. Although some Abrams
1950s it became an open pit operation for mining both tincal and kernite, which is used tanks have been disabled by enemy fire in places like Iraq, its ceramic armor has protected
for manufacturing borates and boric acid. it occupants. No American has been killed by an enemy while in an Abrams tank.
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World of Asphalt 2013 Announces Four
Industry Co-Located Events
The 2013 World of Asphalt Show and Conference announced four industry groups to
date are co-locating their annual conferences or other high-level meetings at the show,
which will be held March 19 to 21, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.
“World of Asphalt has a solid reputation as an industry gathering place and we value
the active support of industry groups,” stated Show Manager Rich Prausa. “Nothing beats
face-to-face contact with industry peers to discuss current business challenges and
what’s ahead and to check out the newest product innovations.”
Bringing their annual conferences to World of Asphalt 2013 are the Association of
Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP), Rubber Pavements Association and Oklahoma Asphalt
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the 2013 show by bringing a meeting to the event.
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educational programming on industry innovations and best practices.
World of Asphalt is co-located with the AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo for aggregates A photo from the 2012 World of Asphalt Conference. Photo courtesy of World of Asphalt.
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The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., will host their 2012 Annual Education Conference. A variety of
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By Ken Thornberg
My wife and I enjoy working in various parts of the world. We just got back from jillions of them!” The charges carry criminal penalties of
Costa Rica in Latin America, for example. It is a beautiful land with some very fine people, up to six months in jail! Continued Hamm, “These legal
but the socialist agenda of that nation’s leadership has greatly disadvantaged the people actions are completely discriminatory because the feds
there. It is a land which is deliberately discouraging development of its resources to such have rarely if ever prosecuted the Obama administration’s
an extent that it is almost impossible for new business to start, unless you’re involved beloved wind industry, which kills hundreds of thousands
in tourism, bananas, and pineapples. It has huge deposits of gold, silver, and other of bird each year.” One of Hamm’s concluding remarks
minerals and yet the government will not allow anyone to mine it. was, “This shouldn’t happen in America.”
And so we see such a trend in America under the Obama administration. This Harold Hamm is right. It shouldn’t. But this is the
president, more than any other in our history, has severe tunnel vision. As most of my type of despotic power that is occurring on a regular
readers know, wealth is productivity. It is not a bulging bank account! Over the past basis, outside the eyes of Americans. How many of my
few decades, the number of Americans producing goods has declined from nearly 20 readers knew about this? I rest my case. We have an
million to approximately 12 million. The decline continues by an administration that is administration that will ignore the Constitution, hoping
mimicking the Costa Ricans. A nation which depends on others for the goods it needs to that no one will object to their making this document
survive will soon find itself beholden, and eventually conquered, by others. obsolete. Then these same Americans will not fight
them because it is too expensive to do so. Too many Mr. Thornberg is a freelance
Freedom is Diminishing conservatives are saying, “It’s too late. There is too much writer out of Boise, Idaho. He
Freedom is being lost in America at a terrifying clip. We are in the grip—at least of this going on and where does one start?” Then they can be contacted at: 1663 E.
give up. Government is not omni-competent! The Castlerock Ct., Boise, ID
for a few more months—of the soft, equality-or-nothing, despotism of that which
deTocqueville warned of when he wrote, “…an innumerable crowd of like and equal belief that it is has replaced our faith in God and from a 83712; phone (208) 343-6012.
men who revolve on themselves without repose, procuring the small and vulgar governmental standpoint, in state power trumping federal
pleasures with which they fill their souls. Over these is elevated an immense tutelary power.
(guardianship over a group) power, which takes sole charge of assuring their enjoyment America is in retreat from her heritage. Obamacare is now being used as a means
and of watching over their fate…it had as its object to prepare men for manhood, but to destroy multiple freedoms we have enjoyed for centuries. Who would have ever
it seeks, to the contrary, to keep them irrevocably fixed in childhood. It provides for dreamed that our Supreme Court would approve of a federal system that forces people
their security, foresees and supplies their needs, guides them in their principal affairs… to purchase health insurance?
(Are not Americans largely willing to do nothing until the government says they can?)…
The sovereign extends its arms about the society as a whole; it covers its surface with a Freedom Works
network of petty regulations—complicated, minute, and uniform—through which even Freedom in this nation has at times been risky, unpredictable, and unstable. Private
the most original minds and the most vigorous souls know not how to make their way…it choices rather than political orders have dictated the course of progress. However, just
does not break wills; it softens them, bends them, and directs them; rarely does it force sit back and consider what it has done: trips to the moon, computers, cell phones, DNA
one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting on one’s own…it does not discoveries and modern medicine, transportation, a limitless food supply, and a billion
tyrannize, it gets in the way: it curtails, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupefies, and other ideas—all birthed in freedom. It could expire with it too. So far it has been able
finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious to continue in spite of government regulations and hindrances, which are putting more
animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” and more brilliant ideas into the grave. In addition, this executive branch has decided
it can declare war without the Constitutional consent of Congress, raise revenue and
The Source of Our Loss give it away without the same institution’s approval, often with the help of the Federal
It makes one wonder if deTocqueville was reading the New York Times! It is scary Reserve System. And then there’s the IRS, which needs no explanation here, I’m sure.
how prophetic this man was! America cannot ride on its own coattails of the past. “We And for some time now the Executive Order has become a veritable decree fit more for a
are great because we are wealthy,” some will say. Sorry, but in truth, we have become monarch than an elected offical. Now we are told the freedoms of religion and speech
wealthy and powerful because we were great already. That greatness flowed from the have limits—self-styled hate speech according to a government which does not want to
liberties we once enjoyed, tempered with virtue, morality, and Christian conscience. put up with opposing views. Your views on abortion do not matter as long as Obamacare
Our forefathers devised a plan that included the supremacy of states over the national requires support for it.
government, the separation of powers, checks and balances, and stated that the federal
government may only exercise powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution. These The early pioneers never met the feds except at the post office! A man could start a
have been discarded and abandoned in favor of a centralized, administrative, envisioned business by simply finding the capital necessary for it. There were no corporate income
totalitarianism that regards no sphere of human activity as outside its legitimate purview. taxes, no regulatory barriers. Crime was rare due to a deputized citizenry. It never
We now have a rigidly organized regulatory and controlling government that has displaced entered the minds of government officials to dictate the condition of one’s yard, or
our faith in freedom. We have a bureaucracy that wishes to see uniformity among its setting construction standards of houses, buildings, much less environmental rules for
citizenry in business, finance, health, education, the environment, transportation—just mines. Judges have been able to undermine the law and rule based upon their personal
about every activity that creates wealth or encourages independence of thought and beliefs and opinions, all due to people’s ignorance of that law. America was the most
action. desirable place to live in the world, but not because of its standard of living, for Holland
and England had higher incomes back then. It was because America gave people limitless
A Tale From North Dakota’s Oil King opportunity and freedom. We must work to help people understand that making the
I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about Harold Hamm, the CEO of Constitution a “living document” will eliminate all that made America great. We can
Continental Resources, who has created the 14th largest oil company in America, working once again rise to a level of voluntary restraint as a substitute for the external force
primarily in North Dakota. Hamm describes meeting with president Obama: “I told him required to hold our society together. What made us great was liberty forcing men to
of the revolution in the oil and gas industry and how we have the capacity to produce maximize their resources and talents and to take responsibility for their actions. As a
enough oil to enable America to replace OPEC. I wanted to make sure he knew about result, they produced miracles in all areas of life.
this.” The president’s reaction? “He turned to me and said, ‘Oil and gas will be important
for the next few years. But we need to go on to green and alternative energy.’ It was It’s Never Too Late
pretty disappointing…Washington keeps sticking a regulatory boot at our necks and then Millions of Americans still yearn for freedom and deplore a political state like that
turns around and asks, ‘Why aren’t you creating more jobs?’ Hamm roils at the Interior which deToqueville described. Many recognize that government, not freedom, is what
Department delays of months and sometimes years to get permits for drilling. “These has failed. We still have much of that American miracle at work. Why? Because freedom
delays kill projects.” The most incredible thing I read in the article was the charges the works and many seek out how to make any vestige of it multiply. We may yet come to
Obama administration brought against Continental and six other oil companies for causing enjoy it again, if you are vigilant.
the death of a whopping 28 migratory birds. Continental’s crime was killing one bird “the
size of a sparrow” in its oil pits and it was not even a rare bird! Said Hamm, “There’s
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Joy Global MINExpo 2012 Exhibit to Showcase
its Singular Focus on Mining
At Joy Global, P&H and JOY are combining resources operations efficiency. Those include an innovative
to better serve our customers worldwide. With their P&H drill operator cab, the P&H LeTourneau-Series SR
keen focus on operations excellence, mining industry or Switched Reluctance motor technology, and new
operations and maintenance managers will find several training simulators. These simulators help support
compelling reasons to visit the Joy Global exhibit mines by fast-tracking new equipment operators into
(booth 6211) during MINExpo 2012. As a worldwide recommended best operating practices that optimize
leader in the design, manufacture and field support of asset utilization, safety, availability and productivity.
equipment for surface and underground mining, Joy In addition to the products and systems on display,
Global is demonstrating its singular focus on mining a central stage will feature Joy Global’s leadership
with innovative products and systems along with life and unparalleled direct service support, and will serve
cycle services that make mining operations safer and to introduce new surface and underground mining
more productive. systems – including a first-of-its-kind generation of
Surface and underground mine operations worldwide loading equipment.
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systems with the help of Joy Global Smart Services Joy Global brings advanced equipment, systems and
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Joy Global exhibit will be able to see real examples solely on mining, Joy Global designs, manufactures,
demonstrating the power of technology that transforms distributes and services extensive product lines of
data into valuable knowledge, helping optimize machine highly reliable P&H surface mining equipment and JOY
and system performances. underground mining machinery used to cut, crush, load
Joy Global added world-class wheel loaders to its and convey coal and industrial minerals worldwide.
product portfolio during 2011. To feature this addition, Customers receive a superior experience through direct
a P&H LeTourneau-Series wheel loader will be on full relationships with Joy Global’s support people, and
display within the booth. Rounding-out the real-iron through its services located close to the mines.
examples of high performance products in the exhibit, Joy Global is continuously working to make mining
will be a high-production Joy low seam longwall operations safer and more productive. With Joy Global’s
system, complete with shearing machine, armored face innovative equipment and life-cycle services, mine
conveyor and roof supports. Also, underground Room operators are able to consistently achieve the lowest
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Sleipner displays the offering of a unique system of transporting tracked
excavators in open-pit mines and quarries. The system is based on axles
and heavy tires with ramps. With the aid of the set of Sleipners and a haul
truck the excavator is easily and quickly moved to the desired location.
In addition, the system offers considerable reduction to the wear of the
excavator’s undercarriage and tracks.
There are currently 11 models in the manufacturing program covering
the excavator weights from 30t up to 550t. Most models incorporate
different ramp sizes to fit different excavator brands and models. The
newest model, E550 is also the biggest one and can move excavators up to
550t and even beyond. The bigger the transported excavator is, the more
proportional benefits in wear and work-site efficiency the Sleipner system
Even steep ramps are not an obstacle to move around the excavator. Here the excavator is
progressing at an open-pit mine in Austria.
There are references in many mines and quarries on all continents. In the early part of 2012, Sleipner has sold the system to mines located Australia,
South Africa, Ghana, Indonesia, Austria, Angola and Chile.
Sleipner shares its stand with HSM Tire Co. with headquarters in Houston, Texas. HSM is specialized in heavy mining and OTR tires. HSM Tire is
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Atlas Copco announces sale of 100th Scooptram ST7
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Atlas Copco has announced that the sale of their 100th Scooptram went to Vostok-
Metall TransLLP of Kazakhstan. The company will use the new loader in the Ridder-Sokolnyi gold mine in East
Having introduced the ST7 model in 2010, Atlas Copco reported that it is now the bestselling model in the
entire Scooptram line.
During field testing in the Lovisa Mine in Sweden, the original ST7 was praised for improving overall load
operations as well as the operator’s work environment. Recent customer reports mention longer service
intervals, fewer spare parts due to improved wear, lower noise levels, improved lighting and more efficient
“But the biggest advantage is still probably the ST7’s fuel efficiency,” commented Ed Tanner, business line
manager – Underground Rock Excavation for Atlas Copco in the US. “One particular customer reported a fuel
consumption of about 2.6 gallons per hour, about half that of their older LHDs (Load/Haul/Dump). The secret is
the on-board computer that calculates the optimum power needed at any time during operations, resulting in
lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.”
The Scooptram ST7 is equipped with a water-cooled 193 hp Cummins QSB6.7 EPA Tier 3 engine. It is a high performance loader with a 6.8 ton tramming capacity, articulated steering
and oscillating rear axle. It has a comfortable, ISO FOPS/ROPS certified cab, a tramming height of 85 inches and width of 90 inches.
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CATERPILLAR SIGNS ON AS PRESENTING SPONSOR Philadelphia to Be Nation’s
OF THE HIGH HORSEPOWER SUMMIT 2012 Clean Energy Hub as
“Industry leader to play prominent role in groundbreaking conference discussing the role of PennFuture’s Annual Clean
natural gas in high horsepower operations.” Energy Conference Comes to
SANTA MONICA, CA—Caterpillar Inc., a global manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, onsite Center City
power generation for oil and gas production, marine engines, and railway power and freight locomotives, Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012
has confirmed their commitment to participate in the HHP Summit 2012—Natural Gas for High Horsepower DoubleTree Hotel at Broad and Locust Streets
Applications as a presenting sponsor. As one of three key presenting sponsors, Caterpillar joins Encana
and AGL Resources/Pivotal LNG in a leadership role for this summit, signaling the growing importance of PHILADELPHIA--Philadelphia will be transformed into the nation’s clean
this topic and the groundswell of natural gas focused activity in high horsepower segments. The multi-day energy hub when Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) holds its annual
HHP conference will take place in Houston, Texas September 26–28. conference of renewable energy leaders, policy makers, financiers, and advocates
on Thursday and Friday, September 13-14 at the DoubleTree Hotel at Broad and
The HHP Summit is North America’s leading conference focused on the growing momentum for the Locust Streets in Philadelphia.
use of natural gas as a diesel fuel substitute in a number of off-road high horsepower applications such
Attendees from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including New York, New Jersey,
as locomotives, marine applications, oil and gas exploration and production operations, mine haul and Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania will hear
construction, and an assortment of other industrial applications. from visionary energy leaders including:
“As a world leader in natural gas engine and equipment technologies, having Caterpillar as a presenting • Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell;
sponsor is strong validation of the timing for the HHP Summit. Their participation sends a significant signal • Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., executive director of the Energy and
regarding the potential benefits of using domestically abundant, low cost and clean burning natural gas Enterprise Institute;
fuel in these various applications,” said Erik Neandross, chief executive officer of Gladstein, Neandross & • Lee Davis, senior vice president and northeast regional president, NRG
Associates, organizers of the conference. “Caterpillar is a leader in innovation across many of the industry Energy;
segments that will be represented at the HHP Summit and we are proud to have them join our growing list • Richard Kauffman, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy; and
• Kathleen McGinty, senior vice president and managing director of
of sponsors and exhibitors,” he continued. strategic growth, Weston Solutions, former Pennsylvania Secretary of
Environmental Protection, and former Chair of the White House Council
Industry leaders and end-users from around the globe will gather in Houston, Texas in September to on Environmental Quality.
showcase existing case studies where natural gas solutions are being implemented throughout Europe,
Asia and North America. The HHP Summit will highlight the imminent growth in this market that is expected The conference also includes a tour of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy
given the tremendous economic and environmental advantages provided via the use of natural gas in these Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
high fuel consuming operations.
PennFuture has partnered with America’s leading clean energy trade
End-users from across these multiple segments will learn about the latest developments on natural gas associations – the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, American
Council on Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association and the
engine technologies for these various applications, fuel supply and refueling infrastructure considerations, Solar Energy Industry Association – to bring unparalleled insight to this year’s
and the latest policy, regulatory and funding updates relevant to these discussions. The conference conference. Co-sponsoring organizations including financing organizations and
programming will include plenary and breakout sessions, offsite tours, training sessions, a trade show, and clean energy marketers and manufacturers including AFC First, Choose PA Wind,
exceptional networking opportunities over the course of three days. Iberdrola Renewables, and Philadelphia’s own TRF Sustainable Development Fund.
“Now that the engine technologies are becoming more widely available to allow for a transition to lower cost The conference is approved for 10.5 CLE credits. The full agenda of the
and cleaner burning natural gas, the HHP Summit will further advance the discussion by examining how conference and registration forms are available online at http://www.pennfuture.
LNG production plants can serve multiple HHP applications in a region and thus help to accelerate multiple org/energy, or by calling the PennFuture Energy Center at 215-545-2133.
markets simultaneously,” commented Neandross.
To register, sponsor, exhibit, or for more information, visit www.hhpsummit.com or call 888-993-0302.
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EPA foolishly seeks to destroy America is called the "Saudi Arabia of coal" because it has more
than a quarter of world coal reserves. Energy security is vital because
nation's coal industry energy is embedded in most goods and services. Almost half of
our energy use is indirect and so invisible to consumers. Among
By ANDREW P. MORRISS the most energy intensive sectors of our economy are health care
and food; we risk much more than higher utility bills if we remain
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the share of U.S. electricity vulnerable to unfriendly and unstable energy suppliers.
generated from coal will fall from 42 percent in 2011 to 36.8 percent in 2013.
Some of that decline is due to advances in fracking making cheaper natural gas available. That's bad news Third, the coal industry is a significant source of jobs. The typical coal miner earns $73,000 a year, says the
for coal miners but no different than problems all industries face from competition. National Mining Association, which represents the mining industry in Washington.
Cheaper natural gas cannot explain all coal's decline, however. A federal study found that coal use in An estimated 60,000 Americans work in coal-fired power plants. These are high-productivity jobs because
electricity declined just 1.4 percent for every 10 percent change in relative prices between the coal and natural the employees work with large amounts of capital. Electricity generated by coal takes just 0.18 employees per
gas. This is not surprising because electric plants cannot change from coal to natural gas by just throwing a megawatt of plant capacity. Coal-fired power plant jobs pay high wages because their employees are skilled.
switch. Yet new EPA regulations are estimated to cut total coal employment by 1.4 million job-years between 2011
An important reason for coal's decline is the administration's war on coal.
Besides destroying jobs, the new regulations imposed by the administration will lead to the closing of 40
Vice President Joe Biden made that clear during the 2008 campaign when he said the Obama policy was gigawatts of electric generation capacity. A staggering 12 percent of America's current coal capacity will be
"No coal plants here in America." Similarly, candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would shut down. There could be many long, hot summers if we lose these reliable sources of power.
ensure that building a coal plant would "bankrupt" the operator because of the cost of complying with new
carbon-dioxide emission regulations. Coal plays a key role in electricity generation. The power produced from coal-fired plants is embedded in
everything from our prescription medications to the food we eat.
Deliberate government efforts to end an industry are not part of normal competitive market pressures and
bad for the U.S. economy for three reasons. Tens of thousands of Americans earn good livings in coal-related industries. Domestically produced coal
reduces our dependence on unstable and unfriendly suppliers.
First, virtually all our coal production goes directly to generate electricity. Changing that is costly: our electric
grid was designed based on generation patterns dominated by multiple coal plants. Eliminating coal requires Those facts make it obvious that market forces - not Washington bureaucrats - should determine the role
both costly new generation facilities and expensive grid modifications. coal plays in our economy.
Moreover, while the rapid development of domestic natural gas is cutting generation costs today, it is not
guaranteed to continue indefinitely. If anti-fracking activists - who are also often anti-coal activists - succeed ABOUT THE WRITER
in their campaign to restrict natural gas production and pipeline construction, natural gas costs will rise.
Andrew Morriss is a law professor at the University of Alabama. Readers may write him at 101 Paul W.
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unstable and unfriendly countries will disrupt our energy supplies.
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(Atlanta, GA.) -- Oldcastle Precast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precast concrete products,
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Fairmount Minerals' Best Sand Mining Facility Earns Honorable Mention for Public
Outreach from Interstate Mining Compact Commission
Chardon, Ohio -- Fairmount Minerals' Best Sand mining facility has earned an Honorable Mention for Public Outreach at the
Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) 2012 Minerals Education Awards for its "dedication to minerals and environmental
education," according to the IMCC.
The Best Sand facility received the IMCC recognition for public outreach after being nominated by the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources. Best Sand's employees take part in regular public-outreach activities that represent Fairmount's sustainable
development (SD) mission of people, planet and prosperity or "3 P's." The facility produces high-purity silica sand and gravel for
Fairmount's Building, Glass, Water and Sports + Recreation divisions.
The IMCC is a multi-state government agency that represents the natural resource and related environmental-protection interests
of its 19 member states. IMCC officials awarded Best Sand the Honorable Mention for Public Outreach at the IMCC's annual Minerals
Education Awards in Asheville, N.C.
"Best Sand's public outreach has helped the community better understand mineral production, environmental controls and uses
in society," said Gregory E. Conrad, IMCC's Executive Director. "The facility's outreach represents the educational commitment we
encourage in the mining industry."
Best Sand mining family members have made public outreach and education a priority in their day-to-day operations: 1,600
members of the community attended its Party in the Pit mine open house and zero-waste event; 65 fifth graders from Grant
Elementary in Willoughby, Ohio toured the mine and learned about sand mining; the students toured the nearby Walter C. Best
Wildlife Preserve, a wildlife area that was donated to the Geauga Park District by the family of Walter Best, founder of Best Sand; the Tony Madormo, Maintenance Manager at Fairmount Minerals' Best Sand mining
facility, holds the Honorable Mention for Public Outreach Best Sand earned from
facility also supports regular employee volunteerism in the community. the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC). Madormo is joined at the IMCC
"Our Best Sand team looks forward to reaching out to the community and being an educational resource," said Cristine Lewis, Ohio 2012 Minerals Education Awards by Lanny Erdos, left, Ohio Division of Mineral
Regional Sustainable Development Coordinator for Fairmount Minerals. "It's the 'people' part of our mission, and we're all proud to be Resources Management, and Gregory E. Conrad, Executive Director, IMCC.
recognized by an environmental steward in mining."
Details on the Best Sand facility's complete corporate sustainability mission, including public outreach, can be found at Fairmount's website: http://goo.gl/HPGrs.
About Fairmount Minerals
Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in the United States. The Chardon, Ohio-based company operates a global network of 23 mining, mineral processing and
manufacturing and coating facilities and six administrative and research and development offices. Fairmount Minerals' specialized sands advance a vast array of industries and markets such as
construction, filtration, foundry, glass, sports turf and oil and gas. The company's more than 750 employees bring its sustainability motto -- "Do Good. Do Well." -- to life and embrace its sustainable
development (SD) mission of people, planet and prosperity or 3 P's. www.fairmountminerals.com
Envirogen and Bigler Associates Join According to Dan Bigler, co-founder of Bigler Associates and newly appointed Vice President, Eastern Region
for Envirogen, becoming part of Envirogen sets the stage for a more dynamic approach to meeting customer
Forces Via Acquisition needs. “Our company is based on solid plant management and operation and maintenance experience with all
types of physical, chemical and biological treatment systems. By integrating Envirogen and Bigler Associates,
we are providing our customers with the practical, applied experience of plant management and O&M, plus the
New Jersey-based Environmental Services Firm Bolsters Envirogen’s technology-specific engineering skill sets that both customers and consulting firms look for today. Combined,
Regional Presence and Adds Operational Expertise it allows us to present a different set of answers to the marketplace,” he said. “We’re excited to become a part
of a company that has this forward-thinking approach and to having the opportunity to expand our reach into
Kingwood, TX -- Envirogen Technologies, Inc. (Envirogen) announced today that it has joined forces with the market with a cutting-edge technology platform. We’re very committed to our customers and feel like this
New Jersey-based environmental services firm Bigler Associates, Inc. – substantially expanding Envirogen’s new organization will be able to help us continue to provide top-flight service and to develop new solutions for
presence in its Eastern Region and adding Bigler Associates 20+ years of environmental design, construction the challenges they face,” he added.
and operating experience to Envirogen’s national network. Bigler Associates clients include A&E firms, Mike Stark also spoke about Envirogen’s approach to the market. “Right now, we’re enthusiastic about the
private system owners, potentially responsible party groups (PRPs) for Superfund sites, industrial facilities, response we’ve been getting from various markets to our technology and process development team. Whether
municipalities and state agencies. The company provides comprehensive O&M services to over 60 clients - it’s the treatment of selenium in coal mining waters or the removal of perchlorate via biological treatment for
mostly in the New York to Philadelphia area - and has extensive experience at 18 Superfund Sites in USEPA drinking water supplies, Envirogen is developing new, state-of-the-art solutions based on our technology. But
Regions II and III. Founder and principal Dan Bigler has been appointed as Vice President, Eastern Region for we feel like we are doing our best job when we look to the long term viability and costs of these solutions –
Envirogen – a territory that stretches from South Carolina to Maine. and that comes down to having an excellent relationship with the companies and people with whom we work.
According to Mike Stark, President & CEO of Envirogen Technologies, the similarity of the two companies’ Today, we’re committed to continuing an excellent relationship with Bigler Associates’ clients and our own, and
business models made joining forces with Bigler Associates attractive. “Envirogen and Bigler Associates have to developing new and better answers for them in the future,” he added.
similar approaches to working with customers. Both companies believe in developing long-term relationships
with customers, focus on delivering value through service and make lifecycle cost and performance a central About Envirogen Technologies, Inc.
feature of their offerings to the market,” he said. “We are very excited about the addition of the people of Headquartered in the Houston suburb of Kingwood, Texas, Envirogen Technologies, Inc. is an environmental
Bigler Associates to our team. It represents a significant leap forward in our ability to offer our technologies technology and process solutions provider that combines experience in water and vapor phase treatment with
and services to industrial and municipal customers in our Eastern Region and our entire organization will process development expertise - delivering long-term, guaranteed solutions in a broad range of treatment
benefit from the unparalleled experience of Bigler Associates in delivering reliable performance in challenging and process-related applications. A primary focus for Envirogen is the concept of ‘lifecycle performance,’
environmental treatment programs,” he added. in which the company provides guaranteed, pay-for-performance, long-term contracts at predictable costs
that offer customers the lowest total cost over the lifetime of an equipment installation. Primary applications
Two Decades of Exceeding Expectations for Envirogen’s systems include treatment of groundwater for the delivery of high-quality potable water,
Formed in 1991, Bigler Associates is an environmental consulting, contracting and service company with groundwater remediation, wastewater treatment, water re-use, nutrient removal, and odor and VOC control
offices located in Ridgefield Park, Lebanon and Lakewood, New Jersey. Bigler Associates services include for municipal and industrial markets. In industrial markets such as mining, hydrocarbon processing and
process development and optimization, automation, mechanical contracting, and operation and maintenance chemical processing, Envirogen also specializes in process water treatment, byproduct recovery and chemical
(O&M). Project types include treatment systems for contaminated air, groundwater, storm water, sanitary purification. The company conducts business throughout the United States, with regional offices in Southern
wastewater, industrial wastewater and potable water. The company’s service area includes all of New Jersey, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Tennessee.
lower New York state, southern New England, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and northern Maryland. For more information on the company, visit www.envirogen.com.
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Metlon Corporation’s 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material Offers
Increased Nighttime Visibility to Manufacturers of Mining Workwear
Cranston, RI -- An Authorized distributor of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, RI-based Metlon Corporation offers reflective roll
goods that are sewn onto the garments worn by mining industry workers. Designed to meet the specific workwear needs of oil, gas
and coal workers, the material is flame resistant and/or lasts through repeated Industrial washings.
For example, 3M™ Scotchlite™ 9187 Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Trim, made in 2” widths, is a combination or fluorescent and
reflective silver trim. This enhances the nighttime visibility of the wearer in low light conditions for both day and night when illuminated
by a light source. Used on flame resistant garments, it is also easily sewn-on to the garments. Additional products that are flame
resistant or designed for industrial wash, or both flame resistant and industrial wash, are available in a variety of widths. Many are
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Responding to the recent uptick in inquiries among companies with underground work crews in the abovementioned industries,
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Metlon Corporation, located in Cranston, RI, is an Authorized Distributor of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. They are also
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People and Promotions
Industrial Supply names Chris Bateman Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Randy Evans President of Construction, Safety and Mining.
New leaders bring a combined 64 years of experience to their positions
SALT LAKE CITY–Industrial Supply Company today announced two important promotions within the company, Chris Bateman was named the new Chief Executive Officer and Randy Evans was named the President of Construction, Safety and Mining.
Chris Bateman Randy Evans
Chris Bateman joined the company in 1982 and has worked his way up Randy Evans is a 34 year veteran of the company. Since joining Industrial
the company ladder – from the warehouse, through will call and inside sales Supply in 1979, Evans has worked his way through various positions and has
and onto the company’s Board of Directors. Most recently he has served been the leader in refining the processes and operations of the company.
as Senior Vice President of National Contracts, where he was central to He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Association of General
developing the sales channels, relationships and longterm contracts held by Contractors, Utah (AGC-Utah) Board, and has previously served as Chairman
Industrial Supply. of the Utah Safety Council Board, and President of the Salt Lake City Chamber
Bateman, who has spent the majority of his working life with Industrial, of Commerce.
praised the company for creating a dynamic environment for both customers As grandson of the company’s founder, he feels a particular responsibility
and employees. to ensure the success of the company and the employees who work for him.
“I look forward to building on the foundation of success that has been built “I look forward to working more closely with our employees and listening
over more than 96 years at Industrial Supply. We have a great management to them. I want to help them understand the need for customer support and
team and great and experienced employees. All of us working together will service. I still believe in good, old-fashioned service. I was taught that when
stay focused on three simple things: our customers and exceeding their I started 34 years ago! Our employees are very important to us. We are all a
expectations; creating a great working environment for our employees in family here and need to take care of each other.”
which to work; and insuring that the company itself remains strong and
successful for our owners.”
Both men emphasize that Industrial will remain committed as an active and involved member of the community. energy, utilities, mining, government and construction sectors. The company has six locations in Wyoming, Utah and Nevada,
“Industrial Supply is a true local company and we support the community in many ways,” said Evans. “We have been and has been in business since 1916. In addition to supplies, Industrial Supply also offers customized services that enable
here for 96 years and are a small privately owned business. Our business was started in this community and so we remain customers to increase productivity and manage their inventory. These services include product specialist reviews, vendor
committed to serve this community.” management inventory (VMI), safety training, storage and shelving design, blueprint copying, tool repair and custom paint
About Industrial Supply Company: Visit www.indsupply.com for more information.
Industrial Supply provides maintenance, repair, operations and production (MROP) materials for the manufacturing,
Patrick J. Largier appointed FLSmidth Senior VP Geochemist Andrew Harley, PhD, Joins Tetra TEch’s Global Mining Practice
He will lead Asia-Pacific Non-Ferrous activities and FLSmidth Ludowici global product GOLDEN, CO. – Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK), a global environmental
company. consulting, engineering, construction, and program management firm,
recently hired Andrew Harley, PhD, as a Principal Geochemist in the Global
SALT LAKE CITY – With the closing 3 July 2012 of FLSmidth’s acquisition Mining Practice based in Golden, Colo. In this position, he will strengthen
of the Australian engineering and equipment supply company, Ludowici and lead the growing geochemistry practice supporting global mine
Limited, FLSmidth is announcing that it has appointed Patrick J. Largier as engineering and natural resources activities including waste characterization
the senior vice president and head of the Asia-Pacific region for the Non- and management, aquatic chemistry, groundwater and surface water
Ferrous Division. He will also continue as CEO of what is now known as geochemistry, soils assessment, land application, reclamation, and
FLSmidth Ludowici. remediation.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Patrick on our senior team,” said Dr. Harley holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography from the
Peter J. Flanagan, FLSmidth Group executive vice president and head of the University of New South Wales and a doctorate in Geochemistry and
Non-Ferrous Division. “His broad experience and success as an executive in Mineralogy from the University of Western Australia. With more than 20 years
the minerals processing and related consumables industries are unmatched. of experience in earth science-related research and project implementation
Through his talents and skills these past five years, Ludowici Limited has his recent mining work includes supporting permit and license applications
expanded rapidly, and we expect the integrated FLSmidth Ludowici to for proposed mining, ore processing, and smelting operations in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico for gold,
continue to grow under his leadership in addition to all non-ferrous activities uranium, and coal projects. He has also been involved in site audits and technical review of potential environmental
throughout Asia-Pac.” liabilities, developing restoration techniques to increase ecosystems services and carbon offsets, supporting mining
Ludowici is a world leading provider of coal centrifuges, vibrating screens and complementary wear resistant companies with water quality issues including overburden characterization, soil characterization for reclamation and
products and services for the minerals industry. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, Ludowici is also expected to land application, and evaluating new products and technologies for enhanced reclamation.
expand FLSmidth’s presence in this key mining region and in customer service operations. Dr. Harley’s experience in geochemistry and mineralogy has been used to evaluate reactions within soil and
“FLSmidth is a well regarded company and a leader in industries that include minerals processing,” said Largier. groundwater systems that control the movement of contaminants allowing for the development of effective
“It’s satisfying to join senior management at FLSmidth, and I look forward to serving all of our customers while solutions. He has experience with a wide range of contaminants including metals, radionuclides, and hydrocarbons
offering our same, high-quality products and outstanding services under the FLSmidth Ludowici name.” having been involved in projects related to investigation, characterization, conceptual site models, geochemical
Previous to serving as managing director and CEO of Ludowici Limited, Largier worked 15 years for Orica/ and hydrogeochemical models, fate and transport, remediation, and reclamation. Dr. Harley has also been involved
ICI Australia which is based in Melbourne, Australia. During that period he led a number of Orica’s business units in the design and completion of bench-scale and field-scale studies to determine the appropriateness of various
and divisions and was the company’s executive general manager over strategy and acquisitions. Prior to Orica, he technologies for metal stabilization in soils and groundwater.
worked for Shell for 10 years in London and South Africa. He holds a chemical engineering bachelor’s of science “We are extremely pleased to add Andrew to the Global Mining Practice, where he further augments Tetra
from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program in Boston, Tech’s capabilities to provide scientific and technical solutions for the entire life of mine. His leadership over our
Massachusetts, USA, in 2004. Largier was born in South Africa and has been living in Australia for the last 20 years. geochemistry practice brings best-of-class expertise from pre-feasibility through closure for mineral and energy
He currently resides in Brisbane. resources. ” says Vicki Scharnhorst – Golden Operations Manager.
Tetra Tech’s Global Mining Practice spans North and South America, Austral-Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Of
About FLSmidth Tetra Tech’s 13,000 employees, over 2,500 are in the Global Mining Practice delivering front end studies, permitting,
FLSmidth is a world leader in supplying engineering equipment, systems and services to the minerals and and construction services to Junior, Mid-Tier, and Major mining customers worldwide. www.tetratech.com
cement industries. FLSmidth has a major project and technology centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Headquartered
in Valby, Denmark, the company employs approximately 14,000 people in 52 countries. FLSmidth was established
130 years ago. To learn more about FLSmidth, visit www.flsmidth.com
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., Personnel Announcement TBEI, Inc. Names New Vice President of Human Relations
Newport News, VA – Duane Wilder, President of Liebherr Lake Crystal— TBEI, Inc. announced the promotion of Tina Albright
Construction Equipment Co. has announced that Mr. Timothy to the position of Vice President of Human Relations. “Tina has been
Doucette (Tim) has been promoted to the newly created position with the company for over 17 years with roles in production, sales,
of General Manager – Brand Strategy. In this new role, he will and human resources and has led the TBEI family through many
work closely with the President, to ensure all aspects involving the changes and continues to be a valuable part of our leadership team,”
Brand are coordinated to increase Liebherr’s market presence in said President and CEO Bob Fines.
the United States as a manufacturer of premium quality, heavy duty Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) is a Minnesota
construction equipment. based corporation that encompasses five leading manufacturers of
Reporting to Mr. Doucette will be the marketing and public dump truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment.
relations departments, sales administration and the earthmoving For more information: contact Jeremy Smuder, TBEI Marketing at
product group. Tim will also retain his current role as part of the 507-726-4311. www.tbei.com
dealer selection committee. Mr. Wilder stated, “Tim has played a
key role in our growth over the past several years and this newly
created position provides the opportunity for him to assume an
increased leadership role as we continue to grow the Liebherr brand
in the USA.”
Hans Liebherr established Liebherr as a family business in 1949.
The company’s first mobile tower crane laid the foundation for its exceptional success. Liebherr
is today not only one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, but also an
acknowledged supplier of advanced technical products and services in many other business sectors.
Liebherr has developed into a group of more than 120 companies worldwide, employing more than TBEI, Inc. Names New Director of Engineering
35,000 people. The Group’s parent company is Liebherr-International AG, which is based in Switzerland
and owned entirely by members of the Liebherr family. Lake Crystal—TBEI, Inc. named James “Archie” England as their
For further information please call (757) 245-5251 or visit www.Liebherr.us Director of Engineering. For the past three years, England served as
the Director of Engineering and Quality at SMI, Inc. England brings
years of manufacturing and engineering experience in the auto
industry and heavy-duty truck equipment industry.
Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) is a Minnesota based
New Employee Announcement -- Please corporation that encompasses five leading manufacturers of dump
welcome Steve Mosley to our Team! truck bodies, hoists and truck & trailer equipment.
For more information: contact Jeremy Smuder, TBEI Marketing at
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BJM Pumps as Application Engineer. Steve will be our primary inside
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Steve is a May 2011 graduate of the University of Hartford where
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