September 22 - FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 22nd Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar will once again be held in Louisville, Kentucky at a NEW location - Downtown Louisville Marriott. We have slated a good line up of speakers including presentations on ground control engineering solutions along with health and safety topics related to airblasts, dust control, and mine ventilation. The Early Bird Workshop will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th and will address updates to NIOSH research on lighting to improve safety and underground mine communication infrastructure. We will host a reception immediately following the Early Bird Workshop.. Click here to learn more and to register for the event.
September 12 - FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s business and transportation leaders have announced an effort to prevent the serious decline of Kentucky’s infrastructure. The Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition (KIC) includes more than 30 organizations that represent manufacturers, farmers, economic development leaders, engineers, local leaders and more than 40,000 transportation workers who understand that safe, reliable, efficient transportation is essential to Kentucky’s economy. Click here to see full story.
Sept. 11, 2017, September 12, 2017 - Enforcement of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule to protect workers in construction from exposure to respirable crystalline silica goes into effect Sept. 23. The rule was slated to come online earlier in the summer, but OSHA delayed its enforcement to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Click here to see full story.
Sept. 2, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of David G. Zatezalo, 62, for the position of assistant secretary of labor for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register reports. Before retiring in 2014, Zatezalo served in several top positions at Rhino Resources, a coal company that clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration tried to increase enforcement following the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Click here to see full story.
July 25, 2017: Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Highway Industries (KHI) Scholarship Committee, chaired by Pat Judd, Gaddie-Shamrock, LLC, recently announced their 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients. The total allocation of $59,500 will be distributed to the students during the 2017-2018 school year. Since 1998, $738,000 has been awarded to deserving students to help them achieve their educational goals. Congratulations and good luck to the following students. Click here to view the awards.
It's Official: WOTUS Withdrawal Formally Proposed
July 3, 2017: Washington D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its proposed notice of withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS). If left uncontested, the rule would have allowed the federal government to regulate dry streambeds and isolated wetlands in a radical expansion of jurisdiction over waters that have little or no connection to flowing streams and rivers.
June 28, 2017: FRANKFORT, Ky. - Speaker Jeff Hoover today announced the creation of the Working Group on Kentucky's Transportation Infrastructure, consisting of nine members from the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bipartisan group is charged with ensuring Kentucky's transportation infrastructure is safe, effective, and able to support the state's business and jobs growth, particularly in the fast-growing manufacturing sector. Click here to read full article.
June 13, 2017: Drops in gas prices are a cause for rejoicing in most business quarters, unless you’re in the business of building roads. Kentucky has been all but out of the highway construction business for a year, having hit the brakes to keep its Road Fund from falling completely to empty. In July, Transportation Cabinet officials, legislators and Gov. Matt Bevin are ready to cautiously restart activity after having had to re-engineer the route to fiscally sustainable roadbuilding for a commonwealth whose large and growing logistics sector is reliant on strong transportation infrastructure. Click here to read full article.
May 18, 2017: Arthur E. Walker, Jr., President and CEO of The Walker Company of Kentucky, Mt. Sterling, KY, was presented the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association’s Honorary Life Member Award at the Kentucky Highway Industries Convention in February 2017. The KCSA Life Member Award was established to pay respect to special individuals who have made significant contributions to our industry and to our association. Click here to read full article.
April 28, 2017: R. Alexander Acosta was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the 27th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After being sworn in, Secretary Acosta made the following remarks: “I want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence and the members of the Senate, for the privilege of serving as Secretary of Labor. Click here to read the article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.:
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.