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Aggregate Scorecard Shows Significant Economic Benefits from U.S. Aggregate Industry

March 10, 2017: Washington, D.C. – According to the Phoenix Center's Scorecard, quarries -- producers of the essential raw materials needed for any construction project -- are significant contributors to the economic wellbeing of the United States. The industry generates $27 billion in annual sales and employs 100,000 skilled workers earning above-average salaries. Additionally, the industry supports $122 billion in national sales, $32 billion in national earnings (i.e., wages) and between 364,000 and 600,000 jobs across a wide range of occupations and industries. Click here to view the 21st century highway system.
 

Supporting America's Economic Expressway

March 10, 2017: Washington, D.C. – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association announced the industry’s support for the Partnership for America’s Economic Expressway this week. “Investing in our roads, highways, bridges as well as ports and airports creates jobs and gives American companies efficient means to do business,” Mike Johnson with NSSGA said. “We say that when the aggregates industry is doing well, America is doing well. That’s because the materials produced from our quarries build and improve on our infrastructure.” Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, said that aggregates operations are glad to support an advocacy initiative that is focused on improving America’s infrastructure. Studies show that every dollar invested in infrastructure yields $6 of economic activity. Click here to view the 21st century highway system.
 

Trump Wants Your Input on Burdensome Regulations By March 31

March 10, 2017: Washington, D.C. – The Trump administration continues its breakneck pace of regulatory reform to improve the U.S. economy. In the president’s latest order, he is asking the aggregates industry for regulations to address. In addition to the “Two Out, One In” and Waters of the U.S. Rule reconsideration executive orders, on Feb. 24 the president signed the “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” order which requires federal agencies to streamline permitting and “lower the unnecessary regulatory reform burdens on the American people.”  Click here to submit your input.
 

Kentucky Infrastructure Group Formed to Preserve KY's Transportation Network

March 9, 2017: Louisville, KY – Kentucky’s industry and transportation leaders announced the formation of a new coalition whose purpose is to prevent the serious decline of Kentucky’s infrastructure. The Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition (KIC) has been formed to provide solutions to the Commonwealth’s transportation needs. Juva Barber, Executive Director of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, serves as chair for KIC. Click here to learn more about the KIC.
 

2017-2018 Kentucky Highway Industry Scholarship Program

March 9, 2017: The Kentucky Highway Industries Scholarship Committee, chaired by Les Geralds, The Rogers Group, Inc., is proud to announce the continuance of our scholarship program for high school seniors and others enrolled or wanting to enroll in a Kentucky higher education institution. Click here to learn more and to download the scholarship application.
 

TRIP Releases Kentucky Road and Bridge Conditions, The Cost to Motorists

February 24, 2017: KENTUCKY ROAD CONDITIONS - A lack of adequate state and local funding has resulted in 16 percent of major state and locally maintained urban roads and highways in Kentucky having pavement surfaces in poor condition, providing a rough ride and costing motorists in the form of additional vehicle operating costs. The pavement data in this report, which is for all arterial and collector roads and highways, is provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), based on data submitted annually by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on the condition of major state and locally maintained roads and highways. Click here to read the full TRIP report.
 

Washington D.C, (Jan. 26, 2017) - President Trump signed an executive order that is designed to speed up environmental reviews and fast-track critical infrastructure projects. “We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways,” he said at a press event. “We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling. So we’re expediting environmental reviews and approvals.” Click here to read the article.
 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law seven historic bills sent to his desk by the Kentucky General Assembly, following a record-setting first week of work in Frankfort. The legislation includes transformative measures protecting the lives of unborn children, positioning the Commonwealth for economic growth, strengthening the University of Louisville’s governing structure and establishing a new era of transparency for public servants. Click here to read the article.
 

January 10, 2017: Van Jeffery Clayton, better known as Jeff, a resident of Menifee County, (Frenchburg, Kentucky), was awarded the prestigious 40 year Miner award at the 2016 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Conference on November 2nd in Birmingham, Alabama. Click here to read the article.
 
Hinkle's Bourbon Limstone Featured in Pit & Quarry

January 3, 2017 - Watch as a Caterpillar 988 loader works in tandem with a John Deere 410E articulated dump truck at the company's underground operation in Paris, Kentucky.:

 

MSHA: Mining Deaths Drop to Historic Lows

October 13, 2016 - The Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) released data that reveals fiscal year 2016 was the safest year in mining history. According to MSHA, from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, a record low of 24 deaths occurred at more than 13,000 mines nationwide, the lowest total since 24 deaths in fiscal year 2013. Click here for full article.

 

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39th Mucking Mining Competition - March 23-25
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Kentucky Crushed Stone Association Teacher's Workshop Program - June 21-22
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KCSA Summer Meeting - July 6-9, Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
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KHI Sporting Clay Event - August 31
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Underground Stone Safety Seminar - Dec 5-6
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2018 KHI Convention - Feb 3-10, 2018
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