IAAP Update Newsletter
Make Miner Safety and Health a Priority – Support
the MSHA State Grants Program
Section 503 of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977 (Act) authorizes up
to $10 million in annual appropriations for grants to states, with much of this
money set aside for safety and health training for mine workers. According to
MSHA’s recent budget proposal, the State Grants program helped train 180,000
miners in 47 states and the Navajo Nation during FY12. Yet despite the
importance of mine safety and health training, MSHA's proposed FY14 Budget
eliminates the State Grants program. In Illinois, this would result in a
$219,000 reduction to the State mine safety and training program. . . .
2013 Convention Highlights
Where were you on April 23rd? If you were not in Springfield, Illinois for the
IAAP’s 45th Annual Convention then you missed seeing nearly 400 friends working
in the aggregates industry and learning about the goods and services offered by
75 associate member companies. Some even attended educational workshops the day
before and enjoyed themselves at the Sustainability Reception in the evening. . . .
“Rock Solid” Safety Awards
For the past ten years, the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP)
Safety Committee has encouraged companies to adopt systems and practices that
prevent injuries or illnesses by recognizing members with its “Rock Solid”
safety award program. For calendar year 2012, the IAAP Safety Committee granted
117 awards to 36 IAAP member companies at its Annual Convention on in
Springfield, Illinois. . . .
Innovative Safety & Health Leadership Award:
Peer Review Check
Shawn Meier, the Safety Director for IAAP Member Conmat, Inc. instituted a
concept and practice they call “Peer Review Check”. It was first approved by the
company’s president Eric Helm and implemented at the beginning of the season in
2012. Conmat is based in Freeport, Illinois and operates limestone quarries in
the Northwestern part of the state.
The goal of the Peer Review Check process is to bring miners together as a crew
inspecting and checking operations prior to new start-up, resumption of
operations, or after a major change, thus reducing the chance for errors. The
concept is simple and Shawn credits the nuclear industry for developing the
practice which he adapted to Conmat’s mining operations. Superintendent Jeff
Bussan worked with Shawn to implement the process whereby they and all miners
involved in the setup or change to the operation assemble for a Safety Planning
Meeting and Pre-Start Peer Review including a walking visual inspection looking
for hazards to persons, equipment, and production. . . .
Science Fair Helps Students Learn About the
Earth and Its Resources
Eileen DeJong and Karen Swacker, teachers at Rickover Junior High in Sauk
Village, Illinois, attended the 2011 IAAP Teachers Workshop learning about the
importance of rocks, minerals, and mining in everyday life. Now filled with
knowledge and enthusiasm they are conducting a yearly science fair where
students learn about earth processes, rocks, minerals, mining and interesting
careers. . . .
Wedron Silica Receives IAAP Community
IAAP PIE Committee members Jim Bastian (Hanson Material Service), Linda
(IDNR, retired) and IAAP Outreach Manager Shawn McKinney presented a Community
Relations award to Fairmount Minerals’ Wedron Silica plant during a recent
employee luncheon. In his award presentation, McKinney noted that some people in
the community may notice the large yellow stovepipe hat depicting the company’s
sustainability journey near the mine’s entrance or the trucks filled with
valuable silica sand. However, others community members, such as students from
Serena, Sheridan, Harding and St. Louis schools, know so much more about the
geological formation, mining, and end uses for the unique materials under their
feet thanks to the mine fieldtrips sponsored by this company. . . .
Lafarge's Chicago Aggregates Gives Back to its
For the third year in a row, Lafarge North America's Chicago Aggregates team
gave back to its community by volunteering at the local Northern Illinois Food
Bank (NIFB). The team assembled boxes of food which will be delivered to various
distribution centers in the Northern Illinois area. . . .
Mining New Members
Everyone knows word-of-mouth advertising from satisfied customers brings more
business to your company. As an IAAP member, you have experienced valuable
benefits from membership in this Association and along the way maybe you have
talked with others in the industry about joining the IAAP. Your efforts are now
being rewarded through a new member recruitment program we call “Mining New
Members”. . . .
Aggregate Mining Tax Exemption Update
Since 1997, the purchase of machinery and equipment primarily used to produce
crushed stone, sand and gravel, including replacement parts, has been exempt
from sales and use tax. When the tax exemption specific to the aggregates mining
industry was repealed by Governor Blagojevich in 2003, aggregate producers were
able to begin using the “manufacturing machinery and equipment tax exemption”
pursuant to an agreement the IAAP worked out with Director Brian Hamer, Illinois
Department of Revenue (Revenue). Although this agreement provided the aggregates
industry as a whole with critical tax relief, a few of our members have
encountered problems with Revenue auditors who were not aware of this agreement
— who did not understand that aggregate producers “manufacture” crushed stone,
sand and gravel. To resolve this ongoing issue, as well as to address a
long-term concern the coal industry was experiencing regarding a tax exemption
for roof bolts, the IAAP partnered with the Illinois Coal Association (ICA) to
restore the mining industry sales and use tax exemption. . . .
2013 Illinois Voluntary Aglime Program – A
The sampling period runs from April 1 to May 31, 2013. Producers are responsible
for contacting their aggregate inspectors when they are ready to have their
aglime sampled. All aglime stockpiles present at the source must be sampled in
order to have their test results published in the 2013 Illinois Voluntary
Limestone Program Booklet. . . .
Help Support the 2013 IAAP Teachers Workshop
The IAAP will hold its annual Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals &
Mining in Today’s Society at the Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois
on July 15th to 17th. The goal of this workshop is to inform teachers in grades
K-12 about the importance of rocks, minerals, and mining in everyday life so
they can teach this message to students. We accomplish this goal by allowing
participants to tour active mining operations and by providing information,
teaching aids, and hands-on activities they can take back to their classrooms.
Teachers also take away a new appreciation of how important aggregate producers
are to this State’s economy. You can help support this important IAAP program in
two ways. . . .
June 4-5, 2013 TCC Washington, DC Fly-In
The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) scored a major victory last year
the, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) became law.
The legislation provided a two year authorization through the end of Fiscal Year
2014 and sufficient revenue to support current funding levels. MAP-21 also
accomplished significant reforms in the federal-aid highway and transit programs
that will give states more say over what projects are to be built and expediting
the environmental review and planning process to speed up delivery of necessary
transportation infrastructure projects. Senators and Representatives have told
us that hearing from the folks back home about the need for transportation
investment was an important factor in getting MAP-21 enacted. . . .
New IAAP Associate Members
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
8100 N. Austin Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 967-6666 / FAX: (847) 967-6735
Justin Brown, Director of Field Services
(847) 967-6666 / email@example.com
Joe Pavilonis, Project Manager
(847) 324-3338 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Denny, Vice President
(847) 324-3306 / email@example.com
Products/Services: EMT is a full service environmental
testing firm and internationally certified
laboratory. EMT has a full staff of field
sample collection specialists and operates one of
the largest independent environmental laboratories
in the Midwest. EMT can perform on-site
worker safety monitoring, field screening of materials,
field sample collection and certified laboratory
analysis to support consultants and contractors
on any project requiring environmental
testing to meet project specifications.
SAULS SEISMIC, INC.
3710 4TH Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222
(205) 592-2466 / FAX: (205) 592-2477
Andrew McNichols, Chicago Office Manager
(704) 641-4649 /
Keith Best, Central Region Manager
(614) 374-9247 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Products/Services: Blast vibration consultants,
pre blast inspections, blasting public relations.
New Associate Members
ROHR-IDRECO DREDGE SYSTEMS
1750 Madison Avenue
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017
(513) 202-0800 / FAX: (513) 202-0888
Heiko Osterchrist, Managing Director
Chris Reynolds, Director, Sales & Field Operations
(513) 233-1950 /
Allan Martin, Director of Technology
(513) 324-7651 / email@example.com
Bernie L’Allier, Office Assistant
(513) 202-0800 /
Products/Services: ROHR-IDRECO Dredge
Systems designs and manufactures energy efficient
dredges for application in the mining and
dam maintenance industries. Our products include
Floating Clamshell and Bucket ladder
dredges, Land-based Bucket ladders, Jet Assist
Suction and Cutter Suction Dredges with digging
depths up to 150m (490 ft). Additionally, we
design and manufacture Booster Pumps and
Floating Conveyor Systems. We offer both electric
and diesel-electric models and have sold
over 500 dredge systems worldwide.
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