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2004 Brenner 6,500 Gallon Stainless Steel
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2018 WESTMARK Stainless Steel, 6,700 Gallon
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breached in 1999, 2006 and 2015, the
market declined at least 30 percent for
the following two years.
“Given the step-up in orders, we are
increasing our 2018-2019 estimates,”
Stifel said in its transportation
equipment update. “We continue to
believe the industry will remain strong in
Driver-less truck goes
A San Francisco, Calif., start-up called
Embark completed a coast-to-coast
test drive of its autonomous semi-truck,
the company said last month. It hauled
Electrolux refrigerators from Los
Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla., in the test
drive, covering around 2,400 miles without
relying on a human driver on the freeway.
Embark has already integrated its self-driving systems into five trucks, according
to Alex Rodriques, chief executive.
The company doesn’t manufacture its
own vehicles, but instead created a self-driving system that can be integrated into
Peterbilt, and possibly other vehicles.
Embark plans to acquire 40 more
semis within the year for further testing
and long-haul deliveries.
Unlike other tech ventures working
on self-driving vehicles, including
Alphabet’s Waymo and General
Motors’ Cruise, Embark uses machine
learning software and data from the
sensors on-board its trucks to map its
surroundings in real-time and avoid
obstacles. Others “pre-map” their
routes, and use data from the sensors
on-board to augment their maps.
The “sensor suite” in an Embark truck
consists of five cameras, three long-range
radars and at least two light detection
and ranging sensors called lidars.
In its test drive, the Embark truck,
dubbed “Big Blue,” operated with
professional safety drivers inside, ready
to take over the wheel if needed.
In the long-term, the start-up company
aims to produce autonomous trucks that
can drive themselves on freeways, but
would require a human to get on and off
the exits, and to navigate around cities or
small towns, company officials said.
This concept would make it possible
for truckers to keep their jobs but cover
long routes and make more deliveries in
less time, Rodrigues said.
Founded in 2016, Embark has raised
$17.2 million in venture funding. Its
investors include Data Collective,
Maven Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures
and Y Combinator.
Logistics critical for
The 519 miles of L.A.’s freeway
system. Dodger Stadium. City Hall.
All built with concrete filled with rock
and sand washed down from Southern
California’s iconic mountain ranges.
For evidence of that mineral
abundance, look no further than
Irwindale, home to more than a dozen
massive pits emptied last century for
those critical building components.
But now, as another building boom
rumbles across Los Angeles and a
new generation of high-rises climbs
skyward, the rock and sand are coming
from a much more distant source:
Canada’s Vancouver Island, more than
1,400 miles away.
That’s a long distance to ship
commodities that are still abundant
locally, sell for less than $20 a ton — and
often cost more to transport than to mine.
Yet thanks to a combination of
materials science, cheap ocean shipping
and, some argue, NIMBYism, today’s
industrial concrete mixers are often
filled with imported rock and sand.
Consider a new apartment
building going up at 12th Street and
Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. On
a Halloween morning, two dozen
workers poured the concrete that
will form the 28th of the building’s
Before that wet concrete was leveled
and smoothed, before it was pumped
to the top of the building, before it was
mixed together at a plant near Vernon,
it started out as cement powder, water,
sand and gravel.
And those last two ingredients
began their journey weeks earlier on
the largely undeveloped north side of
Vancouver Island, just off the southwest
coast of British Columbia.
There, near the logging town of
Port McNeil, Polaris Materials and the
indigenous ‘Namgis First Nation own
the Orca Quarry, a site where long-melted glaciers some 10,000 years ago
deposited layers of sand and gravel as
thick as 300 feet.
The materials, known in the
construction business as aggregate, are
scraped from the sides of the quarry
pit, washed, sorted into piles and loaded
onto conveyor belts that stretch more
than a mile to a terminal floating on the
Then, the rock and sand are dumped
into dry-bulk carriers — picture an oil
tanker, but designed to carry solid cargo
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