Michigan Aggregates Association https://www.miagg.org Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.miagg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-MAA-logo-150px-32x32.jpg Michigan Aggregates Association https://www.miagg.org 32 32 MSHA Fatality Report – Truck Runs over Driver https://www.miagg.org/msha-fatality-report-truck-runs-over-driver/ Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:38:41 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7844

On April 12, 2018, Manuel G. Rodriguez, a 59 year old customer truck driver, received fatal injuries, when he fell from his truck and was run over by the truck’s rear wheels.   Mr. Rodriguez was attempting to scan a card that identifies customer trucks entering the facility to load material.  Investigators believe Mr. Rodriguez approached the Apex Express Radio Frequency Identification Card Reader (RFID) but positioned the vehicle too far away from the RFID to scan the card from inside the truck.  Investigators conclude Mr. Rodriquez removed his seatbelt, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned out of the cab with his right foot on the clutch pedal and the truck in gear.

The truck moved forward, causing him to fall out.  The accident occurred because the victim did not properly secure the truck by setting the parking brake and putting the vehicle in park before opening the door and leaning out of the truck.

Click here to view the full MSHA Fatality Report.



Safety Bulletin – Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches https://www.miagg.org/safety-bulletin-eaton-heavy-duty-30a-and-60a-safety-switches/ Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:24:19 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7840

Eaton has identified a potential non-conformance with certain Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches. The safety switch can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.


Click here to read the full bulletin

Wildlife Habitat Council Regional Forum https://www.miagg.org/wildlife-habitat-council-regional-forum/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:06:20 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7836

The Wildlife Habitat Council recently opened up registration for a regional forum they are holding in Detroit on August 16, 2018.   For more than a decade the council has brought together corporations, partners, and agencies to develop and leverage collaborations for conservation.

During this forum, the Wildlife Habitat Council will showcase the positive impact of corporate conservation in SE Michigan and SW Ontario and connect innovative thinkers and does for more great outcomes in local communities.

The event is a combination of presentations and hands-on activities followed by a river cruise with an ecological narration, a discovery of some of the local success stories in corporate conservation.

Click here for additional information and to register for this event.


MAA Chairman of the Board to be Roasted!!!! https://www.miagg.org/maa-chairman-of-the-board-to-be-roasted/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:35:28 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7832

Are you ready for a night of fun with “Monroe’s Most Wanted”?  Well the Community Foundation of Monroe County along with the Michigan Aggregate Association is inviting you to help us celebrate in the roasting of Rick Becker your current chairman of the MAA board of directors.

The “Roast em … and Toast em” event involves a Roast of some of Monroe County’s local “celebrities “at the Monroe Golf and Country Club on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5pm.

Click here for the official event flyer.

This inaugural event, Roast’em and Toast’em, Monroe’s Most Wanted, will feature honored guests:  Rick Becker, Stoneco of Michigan; Barry Buschmann, Mannik & Smith Group Inc; and Tracy Oberleiter, Monroe Bank & Trust.

The early evening will start with cocktails and a strolling supper followed by the program.  The event will also include some surprise raffles and such.

If you would like to help play a part of this event and become a sponsor.  Here is the deal:

  • $2,500 you receive 8 tickets to the event and a full page ad honoring your choice of celebrities with wording of your choosing (within limits). Recognition in our ads, flyers, on social media and radio. Special recognition the night of the event and opportunity to say a few words.
  • $1,000 you receive 4 tickets to the event and a ½ page ad honoring your choice of celebrities with wording of your choosing (within limits). Recognition in our ads, flyers, on social media and radio. Special recognition the night of the event.
  • $500 you receive 2 tickets to the event and a ¼ page ad in our program. Recognition in our ads, flyers, on social media and radio.

Let’s make sure to have a strong MAA presence at this event and enjoy watching one of our own get Roasted!!!

All proceeds from this event benefit the Community Foundation of Monroe County which is committed to investing in a better future though improving education, health and wellbeing as well as community enrichment.

If you are interested in being a sponsor please provide a response by August 17th to the following: Monroe Community Foundation by calling 734-242-1976 or emailing at info@cfmonroe.org

MDOT Update – Various Items https://www.miagg.org/mdot-update-various-items/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:05:07 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7828

As you recall in 2015 the Michigan Legislature approved an additional $1.2 billion for highway/bridge projects that will be fully phased in by 2021.  However, even with this additional funding, MDOT is projecting that they still will have an annual funding short fall of $1.4 billion per year.  This shortfall is for the MDOT system only.  Additional funding is needed for the local (county/city) system.

See attached information (that was recently shared with MAA) regarding the projected funding shortfall as well as how the pavement condition will continue to deteriorate as a result of the lack of funding.

In addition to the projected pavement condition, the attached information also includes various other MDOT information such as projected letting costs, proposed major work items (HMA, Concrete, Bridge), work by MDOT region and significant projects.

Click here to view the various MDOT slides.

U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Stakeholder Meetings on Reducing Mine Accidents Involving Mobile Equipment and Belt Conveyors https://www.miagg.org/u-s-department-of-labor-to-hold-public-stakeholder-meetings-on-reducing-mine-accidents-involving-mobile-equipment-and-belt-conveyors/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:26:43 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7822


News Release
U.S. Department of Labor | July 31, 2018


U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Stakeholder Meetings on Reducing Mine Accidents Involving Mobile Equipment and Belt Conveyors


ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold six public stakeholder meetings and a webinar on the Agency’s Request for Information (RFI) on Safety Improvement Technologies for Mobile Equipment at Surface Mines, and for Belt Conveyors at Surface and Underground Mines. The RFI was published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2018.

Mobile equipment at surface operations includes bulldozers, front-end loaders and trucks, while belt conveyors are used to transport materials in surface and underground mines. The RFI is part of a larger initiative that MSHA is undertaking to reduce accidents involving powered haulage – which includes haul trucks, front-end loaders and other large vehicles – as well as belt conveyors.

In addition to soliciting data from stakeholders on technology and practices that can improve safety conditions for miners, MSHA will provide technical assistance and develop best practices and training materials to raise awareness of hazards related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Webinar Call-in info available here

Media Contact:

Amy Louviere, 202-693-9423, louviere.amy@dol.gov

Release Number: 18-1243-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

Michigan Paving & Materials New COO – Rick Becker https://www.miagg.org/michigan-paving-materials-new-coo-rick-becker/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:50:54 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7814

Rick Becker has recently been named the Chief Operating Officer for Michigan Paving & Materials Company.  As COO, Rick will oversee all operations in MPM.

Rick came to CRH with the acquisition of SE Johnson in 2003 and has over 30 years of industry experience.  His role within CRH has expanded from managing our eastern Michigan aggregate operations to his current role as GM for all aggregate operations in Michigan in addition to our Jackson asphalt and construction division.  Rick has served on numerous national and regional performance committees for CRH’s Americas Materials.  He is also the current Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Aggregates Association.  Rick brings a strong focus on political advocacy and community engagement, commercial acumen, talent development and building long lasting relationships.

Rick is heavily involved in agriculture in Monroe County and is a long-time member of the Monroe County Fair Board and a supporter of Monroe County 4-H.  He also enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

MAA 2018 Summer Conference was a Success! https://www.miagg.org/maa-2018-summer-conference-was-a-success/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:28:22 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7809

On behalf of Michigan Aggregates Association, we would like to thank host speakers, event sponsors and all MAA members who contributed to making this year’s summer conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island a memorable meeting and huge success.

We hope you were able to take advantage of the multitude of activities throughout the conference. More importantly, we hope your experience was filled with opportunities for personal growth, networking, learning, and overall fun.

We would especially like to thank our honored guests and keynote speakers from Friday & Saturday’s meetings. What an honor and pleasure it was to have Representative Joe Bellino, Representative Jason Shepard and Director Kirk Steudle from MDOT attend our conference.
If there are any presentations you’d like to review, you can click on the embedded link 2018 Summer Conference Presentations or view on our website. Also, feel free to browse through conference photos that can be found on our Facebook page.

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event that will take place July 10-14, 2019 at Crystal Mountain.

For more photos click here

Community Engagement – LafargeHolcim Presentation

MDOT Update Presentation

National Perspective – CRH North Division Presentation

Political Update – Kelley Cawthorne

MAA Lifetime Achievement Award – Kirk Steudle, MDOT Director https://www.miagg.org/maa-lifetime-achievement-award-kirk-steudle-mdot-director/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:06:55 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7801

At the 2018 MAA Summer Conference, Kirk Steudle, Director of MDOT, was presented with the MAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated superior leadership qualities and dedication to improving Michigan’s transportation system.

During his tenure with MDOT, Steudle has not only been a true leader but also a champion of developing and building partnerships both within the department as well as with external businesses and organizations.

The aggregate industry greatly appreciates his leadership and the doors that have been opened for our industry.

MAA offers our sincere appreciation for Kirk’s longstanding devotion to the aggregate industry!!!

New job attraction tool for large-scale projects nets first major project for Michigan https://www.miagg.org/new-job-attraction-tool-for-large-scale-projects-nets-first-major-project-for-michigan/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:30:42 +0000 https://www.miagg.org/?p=7798


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                         CONTACT:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018                          Sara Wurfel, 517-599-3470 or swurfel@truscottrossman.com


New job attraction tool for large-scale projects nets first major project for Michigan

Pfizer expansion in Portage to bring 450 new jobs, $465-million investment 

Lansing, Mich. — The Good Jobs for Michigan Coalition issued the following statement after the Michigan Strategic Fund today voted to approve the first use of the state’s newest job attraction tool – the Good Jobs for Michigan Program.

“Pfizer’s new state-of-the art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Southwest Michigan is exactly the type of transformational project this latest tool was designed to attract – with hundreds of good-paying jobs and opportunities for Michiganders that will also help bolster communities, advance quality of life and build a strong, resilient economy for current and future generations.

“Beyond that, it helps position our state as a bio and life sciences sector leader. That’s the kind of smart, strategic investment that will help provide lasting benefits and continued, economic stability and growth for the region and our state and all who live, work and call it home.”

The company is planning to construct a new, 400,000-square-foot sterile drug manufacturing facility in the city of Portage. The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $465 million and create 450 jobs over the next several years. Average income for the new positions ranges from $70,100 to $93,300. The Good Jobs for Michigan Program is performance-based – no incentive is allowed until the company meets the minimum job and wage threshold required. Plus, job numbers must be verified every year until the incentive expires. 

About Good Jobs for Michigan

Good Jobs for Michigan is a coalition of more than 60+ leading business and economic development, community and labor organizations all working together to ensure Michigan has the economic development and incentive tools needed to compete and attract large-scale projects, growing more good-paying jobs and investments in communities throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.GoodJobsForMichigan.com.