Aggregates Manager

July 2014

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AGGREGATES MANAGER July 2014 3 by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief APPROACH A solid relationship between an aggregates operation and the community in which it operates often shares the same characteristics as a solid friendship. It may be based on shared interests. It may be based on common goals. It may be based on the personality traits of each party. But, fundamentally, it is based on trust. Community relations aren't built via speed dating. They require a long-term commitment to working in an open, honest manner that benefits both parties. In this issue of Aggregates Manager, I'm excited to showcase a number of aggregate producers who are building just such relationships. On this month's cover, you'll see a brand new plant entrance of Vulcan Materials Co.'s Pleasanton Plant. The staff has made quite a statement at its front gate, but its efforts don't end there. From building birdhouses with local high school students and owl boxes with Webelos to hosting elementary students by the hundred, this plant is actively seeking out opportunities to positively interact with the community. In Operations Illustrated (page 17), you'll see more photos from our Plant Entrance Photo Contest, as well as advice from other operators about how they work with local communities. If you enjoy this story, be sure to visit to see a complete photo gallery of entries into this contest. While half a dozen operations are featured in this issue, many more are shown on the website. You'll also find additional commentary from our experts. Finally, be sure to check out the news in this month's State and Province News (page 4). One trend I noticed while putting this department together is that some companies are voluntarily slowing down their efforts to permit an operation. Whether at a community's request or to correct misinformation, these producers are opting to address questions and concerns at the outset. Rather than rushing the permitting process, they are taking a long- range perspective on community relations. As you read these articles, consider what type of relationship your site has with its neighbors and what steps you can take to ensure it's a positive, healthy one. July 2014 Vol. 19, No. 7 3 takeaways from this issue: 1 2 3 Most motor failures are due to bearings and windings, page 12. The Yuba Goldfields in northern California contain an estimated 1 billion tons of sand and gravel, page 22. Many state laws now protect an employee's privacy on social media, page 32. /AggregatesManager @AggMan_editor Editorial Editor-in-Chief: Therese Dunphy Editorial Director: Marcia Gruver Doyle Online Editor: Wayne Grayson Online Managing Editor: Amanda Bayhi Design & Production Art Director: Sandy Turner, Jr. Production Designer: Timothy Smith Advertising Production Manager: Linda Hapner Construction Media Senior VP, Construction Media: Dan Tidwell VP of Sales, Construction Media: Joe Donald 3200 Rice Mine Rd NE Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 800-633-5953 Corporate Chairman/CEO: Mike Reilly President: Brent Reilly Chief Process Officer: Shane Elmore Chief Administration Officer: David Wright Senior Vice President, Sales: Scott Miller Senior Vice President, Editorial and Research: Linda Longton Vice President of Events: Alan Sims Vice President, Audience Development: Stacy McCants Vice President, Digital Services: Nick Reid Vice President, Marketing: Julie Arsenault For change of address and other subscription inquiries, please contact: Aggregates Manager TM magazine (ISSN 1552-3071) is published monthly by Randall-Reilly Publishing Company copyright 2014. Executive and Administrative offices, 3200 Rice Mine Rd. N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Subscription rates: $24 annually, Non-domestic $125 annually. Single copies: $7. We assume no responsibility for the validity of claims of manufacturers in any advertisement or editorial product information or literature offered by them. Publisher reserves the right to refuse non-qualified subscriptions. Periodical circulation postage paid at Tuscaloosa, Alabama and additional entries. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by an information storage retrieval system, without written permission of the copyright owner. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. (See DMM 707.4.12.5); NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to Aggregates Manager, 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Take the long-term

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