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2016 MAA Annual Conference and Showcase - Presentations


The 2016 Michigan Aggregates Association Annual Conference and Showcase was a huge success!!! Many thanks to the number of sponsors and exhibitors for making this event possible. A complete listing of the sponsors is listed below.

For those that were able to attend, we hope that the various Annual Conference presentations by MDOT, MDEQ and Barnes & Thornburg and the great number of sessions presented during the Environmental Summit proved beneficial. As stated during the conference, we have provided hard copy of the presentations.  (Read more...)

2016 MAA General Membership Survey Results (Event Changes)


A big thanks to the many MAA members that participated in the 2016 General Membership Survey. As was highlighted when this 67 question survey was published in January 2016, we want to ensure that MAA is operating in a manner that is consistent with the desires of the membership.

As you may recall, this comprehensive survey touched on numerous MAA member services including the Board of Directors’ leadership, administrative services, membership meetings and committee structures.

We are pleased to report that overall the membership feels that MAA is headed in the right direction and conveyed that not only is the the BOD is providing proper leadership and direction but the various MAA committees are addressing relevant issues.

A copy of the complete survey can be found by clicking here.

Once the survey results were summarized, the MAA Executive Steering Committee examined the responses and met to review and take appropriate action.

There were many items discussed and both long term and short term goals were identified. Over time these items will be discussed and rolled out. However, one of the biggest short term changes was to a few of the MAA events.

As are result of the survey our membership is pleased with number of general membership meetings (currently 3) but would like to move the Annual (spring) meeting from April to February. Based on your feedback, during the April MAA BOD meeting, the Executive Steering committee recommended to the BOD that the Annual meeting be officially moved to February. The BOD approved the request and we are pleased to announce that the 2017 MAA Annual Conference and Showcase will be held in February. Therefore, please mark your calendars for the 2017 Annual Conference and Showcase that will be held at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron on February 23 and 24, 2017.

Another major event change as a result of the Executive Steering Committee is the addition of an Annual Awards Banquet that will be held April 20, 2017 at the County Club of Lansing. The event will allow for companies to receive recognition for safety awards, environmental awards, along with the recognition of the Mike Newman Distinguished Service Award, and to honor the outgoing MAA Chairman in an atmosphere more conducive to award recognition. The 2017 event will begin at 6:00 pm and will include a dinner so please mark your calendar for this new event.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the survey results in detail, please contact the MAA office.

MDOT Seasonal Weight/Load Restriction lifted statewide April 8, 2016


MDOT has issued a spring weight restriction bulletin lifting restrictions for the the entire state of Michigan effective 8:00 AM Monday, April 18, 2016.

Click on the following link to view the MDOT bulletin.


In addition, there have been a number of counties that have begun lifting weight restrictions or are planning to in the near future, click on the following link to check the status of restrictions on county roads.


If you have any questions, please contact the MAA office at 517-381-1732

Globally Harmonized System Training Sessions

 (i.e. Safety Data Sheets (SDS))

MAA has contacted Wayne State University regarding a recent Susan Harwood Training Grant which they received to provide a mobile and self-paced training program on Hazard Communication (HazCom) and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for operating engineers, other construction trades, and facilities operations and management personnel, as well as all employees mandated by OSHA to receive this training.

I am pleased to announce that Wayne State University has agreed to host three training sessions for the members of the Michigan Aggregates Association.

There is no fee for this training but space is limited (max 30), so if you are interested please contact the MAA office to register. Space will be filled on first come basis.

Training dates and locations are as follows:

All training times will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

April 22, 2016
Michigan CAT
24800 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48375

April 29, 2016
AIS Construction Equipment - Lansing
3600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing, MI 48906

May 6, 2016
Alta Equipment - Metro West
56195 Pontiac Trail
New Hudson, MI 48165

For more information about these sessions, please click on the following link.

If you have any questions, please contact the MAA office at 517-381-1732

MDEQ Air Quality Division Webinar – Fugitive Dust Regulations and Plans


MAA has been informed of an upcoming MDEQ Fugitive Dust Regulations and Fugitive Dust Plans Webinar that is planned for April 13, 2016 at 10:00 am.


As a precursor to the Fugitive Dust workshop being held this spring, Air Quality Division staff will give a broad overview on the Air Quality Division’s Fugitive Dust regulations and associated requirements. Whether you plan to attend the Fugitive Dust workshop, or not, this webinar will give a nice look into how Air Quality Division handles fugitive dust across the state.


Click here to register for this informative webinar.

MDEQ Dust and Asbestos Management Workshop April 26, 2016


MAA has recently been informed of an upcoming MDEQDust and Asbestos Management Workshop that will be held April 26, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. It is worth noting that a portion of this workshop is has been specifically added to address crushing operations.

The cost for the workshop is $55.00 and includes both the Managing Fugitive Dust guidebook and theNonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities guidebook.

This half day workshop will be packed with information that is pertinent and interesting to our our entire industry.

Click here for additional workshop detail as well as how to register.

2016 MAA Video Contest


New this year, the MAA Public Relations committee has developed a video contest that promotes and/or highlights various aspects of the aggregate industry.

The purpose of the video is to challenge high school age student to develop a thirty second to three-minute video on creating awareness for the general public on the aggregate industry. As the primary function of the video is education, it would ideally (but not necessarily) educate on what aggregates are, how aggregates are used or the general public benefits from them, or careers in the aggregate business. The videos will be shared on the MAA website, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.

Click here to view a short video describing the contest.

For a complete list of the video contest rules please click here.

For a summary of the details and prize amounts click here.

For a copy of the Media Release form click here.

Timeline: The contest is officially open and all videos must be submitted by Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the MAA office at 517-381-1732

MDOT Released "Roads Innovative Task Force Report"

As you are aware, the recently passed and signed HB 4737 required MDOT to create a Roads Innovative Task Force and directed MDOT to perform an evaluation of road materials and construction methods that could allow a 50-year design life of a roadway.  MAA has been actively engaged with MDOT during this process and has provided input into the recently released “Roads Innovative Task Force Report”.

Click here to view a copy of the report.

The report will be finalized by June 1, 2016, so if you have any comments please contact the MAA office and make sure your voice is heard.

Also, MDOT will be presenting a summary of this report during our MAA Annual Meeting on April 15, 2016 so make sure you are in attendance to learn first hand the many aspects of the report.

Registration now available for 2016 MAA Annual Meeting, Showcase and Environmental Summit
The Annual Meeting and Showcase will be held on April 14-15, at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti. Register online or by downloading the registration brochure. 

Safety Committee to conduct audits

For the past few years, the MAA Safety Committee has been conducting Safety Audits for members. This is a great opportunity for members to get a new perspective on their safety program.

What the Audit entails is the committee meeting at a member location and doing a walk through. Committee members look for safety violations or areas that they think could be improved. They don't only look for problems, they also look for the areas that members are doing a good job with their safety program. Read more...

Scholarship applications now being accepted

If you know a student that is planning a career in the field of mineral extraction, they may be eligible to apply for a MAA Foundation Scholarship. Students that will be enrolled in a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2016 may apply. Scholarship applications need to be submitted by April 30. Go to application

2016 Legislative Affairs Meeting & Walleye Fishing


Please mark your calendars for a MAA legislative affairs update meeting scheduled to take place June 16, 2016, at 12:00 pm at the Toledo Beach Marina (11840 Toledo Beach Rd, La Salle, Michigan). Read more...

2016 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference


June 21-22 at the Lansing Center

The Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) is the DEQ’s premier compliance assistance event, designed to help businesses, municipalities, and environmental professionals comply with their environmental requirements. Whether you are new to the environmental field or an experienced veteran, this conference has something for everyone! Read more...

MDEQ to Host 2016 Air Permit to Install Application Workshop Series


February 4, 2016 -  April 12, 2016  -  June 23, 2016  -  September 7, 2016  -  November 1, 2016

This workshop qualifies for 2 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for Professional Engineers.

This Air Permit to Install (PTI) Application Training will appeal to those who are interested in learning more about the PTI application process, as well as those who have project-specific questions. Read more...

Commission Expands MSHA’s Jurisdiction, Finds Equipment Shop Meets Definition of a Mine


At a recent meeting, MSHA affirmed a judge’s decision that a mining equipment maintenance and fabrication shop that is operated off site by a mining company falls within the definition of a mine and is subject to all MSHA rules and regulations.

While this decision may appear to expand MHSA’s jurisdiction and require you to revise your current policies and procedures for off site shops, the Michigan MSHA office has been following this definition for a number of years.

Therefore, this serves as a reminder that if you have an equipment or fabrication shop (or portion of any off set shop that is dedicated to mining equipment) the same MSHA rules and regulations apply to the off site location just as if the shop was located within the mine.

If you have any questions, please contact the MAA office.

Click here to read a summary of the recent MSHA findings

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