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MAA Adopts Environmental “Guide(s) for the Aggregate Industry in Michigan”

In a proactive measure, the MAA Environmental Committee recently developed the following “Guide(s) for the Aggregate Industry in Michigan”. These documents are to be used as general guides and are not intended as a sole source for information, nor are they intended to provide legal advice.  Users are encouraged to seek technical advice from qualified…

Michigan Leaders Reach Budget Target Agreement

On May 24, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and key lawmakers struck a budget deal that includes an increase in spending for infrastructure. Under the terms of the deal, the state will spend $400 million more than anticipated on infrastructure primarily on roads and bridges.  At this point we are not if this surplus will…

2018/19 MAA Directory Advertisement Opportunities – Deadline Quickly Approaching

As you are aware that we are in the process of publishing a 2018/2019 MAA Membership Directory. This directory will be the “go to” book for all MAA members as well as any contractor looking to purchase aggregate material and/or any or accompanying services/products. We are on a tight time line and hope to go…

MAA Safety Committee Conducts 2018 Safety Review

In the spirit of continuous improvement earlier this week the MAA Safety Committee conducted a peer environmental review of MAA member Mid Michigan Materials. During the review, committee members conducted a walk thru of various aspects of the producer’s operations including their crushing and screening operations, garage, office (paperwork), etc.  During the review, there was…

Standardized Permits from County Road Agencies

By Denise Donohue, Director County Road Association of Michigan There is a lot of change in the air when it comes to transportation permits that are required to move oversize and overwidth vehicles on Michigan’s local road system.  And some of them may impact vehicles used by the road and aggregate industries, which are also…

MDOT weight restriction being lifted effective May 10, 2018

MDOT has issued a spring weight restriction bulletin lifting restrictions for the following area effective 6:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2018. “…weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways within the entire State of Michigan.” Click here to view the MDOT bulletin. As a reminder… In addition, there have been a number of…

Schneider Electric Recalls Square D Safety Switches Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Schneider Electric recently recalled their Square D safety switches due to electrical shock Hazard.  This recall involves Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The switches are a dark gray metal box with a black handle on the side that can be moved to an “ON”…

MSHA Aggregate Safety Series: Dredging

MSHA recently published the following video that focuses on training requirements and best practices for dredging operations that extract and process sand and gravel. Dredging is an aggregate mining activity, an operation usually carried out at least partly underwater, with the purpose of extracting material from the bottom and then sending it to the shore…

Michigan DEQ News – Spring 2018

In an effort to better tell our story, engage the public, stakeholders, and legislators, and to provide updates on important issues, the DEQ has created an externally-facing newsletter that will be published quarterly. Please click here to find the Spring 2018 edition.

MDOT weight restriction being lifted effective May 3, 2018

MDOT has issued a spring weight restriction bulletin lifting restrictions for the following area effective 6:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2018. “…from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-2 from Iron Mountain to St. Ignace.  Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced…

MAA on Hand for Soo Locks Press Conference

On May 2, 2018 at the Soo Locks Visitor Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Lt. Governor Calley held a press conference regarding President Trump’s commitment to the Locks in his recent trip to Michigan. A big thanks to Ray LeClair from Carmeuse Lime and Stone who is not only the Director of Operations of the Great…

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Unveils FixTheSooLocks Website

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 LANSING, Mich. – Lt.  Gov.  Brian Calley today announced the launch of a new website encouraging Michiganders and people across the country to thank President Trump for calling on the need to fix and upgrade the Soo Locks and find out more about this vital national infrastructure. While visiting Michigan last…