David Sivill (L) of Central Stone Co. and Don Sobolewski of Chapel Steel tour the associates expo area.
IAAP held its 49th Annual Convention in Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 23, which was combined with the Aggregate Miner Safety Conference. More than 400 IAAP members and guests attended the event, which included a presentation from IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, educational seminars and much more.
During his speech at the convention, Blakenhorn said that he supports user fees that will provide an increase in revenue for Illinois' transportation system. He also discussed the popular “Lockbox Amendment,” which will help ensure transportation related taxes and fees are used to build and maintain roads, but acknowledged issues with the state's operating budget. According to Blakenhorn, IDOT's focus will be on maintaining the state's highway system with an emphasis on ensuring bridges are safe, and highlighted several big projects IDOT will be working toward, including a public-private partnership.
Guests also had the opportunity to learn more about the aggregate industry in Illinois through educational seminars. A number of speakers addressed a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to:
• Changes to Illinois' aggregate policy and a look into the future
• Key factors that make a high frequency screen work and how to turn waste products into sellable products
• How automated drones enhance safety measures today and where our industry will further benefit from drone technology in the near future
• Best management practices that improve risk management and liability protection in blasting operations
For more information and to download the seminars, visit www.iaapaggregates.org/convention2017eduprogram.htm.
IAAP Board of Directors member Alan Shoemaker of Tuscola Stone was honored during convention for his outstanding service as chair of the Safety Committee from 2012 to 2017. He has turned over the position to Jason Schlee of Vulcan Materials.
Sponsors of the Sustainability Reception included: Altorfer, Anderson Environmental, Bluff City Materials, Buckley Powder, Casper Stolle Quarry, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Elmhurst-Chicago Stone, Fairmount Santrol-Wedron Silica, Hanson Material Service, LafargeHolcim, Martin Equipment, Mid-America Sand & Gravel, Orica Mining, Ozinga Materials, Raimonde Drilling, Roland Machinery, Stantec Consulting Services, Thelen Sand & Gravel, Tri-Con Materials, Unified Screening & Crushing and Vulcan Materials Company.
Sponsors of the silent auction included: Anna Quarries, Bluff City Materials, Brownfield Environmental Engineering Resources, Buckley Powder, Casper Stolle Quarry, Don Sobolewski of Chapel Steel, Hanson Material Service, LafargeHolcim, Ozinga Materials, Polydeck Screen, Process Machinery, Sauls Seismic, The G. W. Van Keppel, Thelen Sand and Gravel, Tuscola Stone and West Side Tractor.
For more information, visit www.iaap-aggregates.org.