Whitney and Son Inc.

The Whitney and Son staff (L-R): Bethany Jones of Fitchburg, Mass., service assistant; Brian Spring of Sterling, Mass., road service; Jamie Zisk of Fitchburg, Mass., service technician; Bruce Gallant of Leominster, Mass., supervisor; Dave Wentworth of Fitchburg, Mass., road technician; and Ian Krietler of Milford, N.H., service technician, stand in front of the Lokotrack LT106 mobile jaw crushing plant during a break in the class.

After 31 years with Whitney & Son, Doug Baker has announced his retirement. A family-owned aggregate equipment distributor headquartered in Fitchburg, Mass., that has been serving contractors and producers in New England since 1964, Doug Baker was one of the company's very first employees.

Usually, the eighth brother gets to do everything last, if he gets to do it at all. But Chris Adler, who has seven older brothers, does something daily that no one else in the family does and very few gravel banks in New England would even attempt. Adler, 43, runs three impressive machines simultaneously all by himself at the family’s immense 87-acre (35 ha) gravel bank in Glocester, R.I.

Quarry production has come a long way since the days of “Fred Flintstone,” but it is still possible to have a “dinosaur” piece of equipment working on a site. When Jim Manni was appointed to the position of facility manager of J.H.

Things are rapidly changing in the rock crushing business, so it is important that people in the industry stay abreast of what’s happening. That was the aim of the seminar recently held at the Fitchburg, Mass., facilities of Whitney and Son. Approximately 40 people participated in two separate workshops (Feb.

Over the past few years, it has become increasingly apparent that the demand from contractors, aggregate producers and recyclers for excellence in product support is on the rise. Whitney & Son’s sales management team, which consists of Dan Whitney, Whitney & Son’s president; Rich Crozier; Jason Whitney; and Charlie Jones have been particularly attuned to this trend.

Recognizing the valuable support of its North American crushing and screening equipment distributors, Metso Minerals recently honored six of these distributors with special achievement awards. The awards were presented at an event on March 14, 2005, held in conjunction with the recent ConExpo show in Las Vegas, NV.

Success in business often means changing with the times. Such has been the case with Fall Village, CT’s Conklin Limestone Company, which was founded in 1937 as a manufacturer of agricultural limestone. For more than 40 years, the limestone quarry served agriculture customers in western Connecticut, eastern New York and western Massachusetts.

A major project — to the tune of $425 million — is charging full steam ahead at the Route 62 exit of Route 3 in Massachusetts, approximately 15 mi. north of Boston. Modern Continental, based in Cambridge, MA, is the general contractor on the Route 3 project that began in June 2001.

Romeo said of Juliet that, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Contractors can say the same thing of the Nordberg equipment line, which came under the “Metso” umbrella when the company purchased Nordberg and a host of other recycling manufacturers. Over the course of several years, Metso has purchased or combined forces with several manufacturers in the aggregate industry.

To laypeople, a quarry may seem like just a big hole in the ground. But the professionals who plan, design, build and operate a quarry know that it requires a deep understanding of economics, production, the demands of the regions it will serve, and the equipment that will make it all happen.