The sand and gravel industry seems to be doing well despite the economic downturn as Mainland Sand & Gravel has contracted for six new barges to transport gravel from its massive Cox Station Quarry on the north side of Sumas Mountain.
The quarry which is visible for miles and growing larger, is just one of the many gravel mines opened up on Sumas Mountain under thye friendly supervision of the BC Liberal government and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) under the leadership of former developer/mayor John Les from Chilliwack and environmentalist Patty Ross from Abbotsford.
Les just led a thinly veiled attempt to take advantage of the misery of the residents of southern Alberta by putting together a panel of former Fraser Valley mayors at a media event to encourage provincial and local politicians to allow gravel removal by the industry from the Fraser River ostensibly to mitigate flood danger.[excerpt] From aggman.com
Ledcor Resources & Transportation and Mainland Sand and Gravel have announced that the companies have signed a long-term exclusive agreement for marine transportation services.
Under the agreement, Ledcor will haul crushed stone and aggregate from Mainland’s Cox Station Quarry in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and other riverside storage facilities to their ramps and distribution points along the Fraser River.
Ledcor will also construct six new barges and augment its fleet of tugs before January 1, 2016. Those assets will be dedicated to Mainland Sand and Gravel.[source]