SME GA Section Meeting, "Stone Quarrying and Manufacturing of Memorials in Elberton, GA"

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Dear Mining Industry and Geosciences Professionals,

 

Please make plans to attend the SME Georgia Section's fourth meeting of the year on August 17, 2017 when Mike Pruitt of the Elberton Granite Association will update us on activities from the "Granite Capital of the World" –  Elbert County, Georgia.  More than 250,000 granite memorials are manufactured annually by E.G.A. firms and shipped throughout the United States.  Mr. Pruitt will show us the latest techniques used in quarrying granite and manufacturing beautiful monuments, memorials, signs, and countertops.

 

Mr. Mike Pruitt is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of the Elberton Granite Association.  He is currently a  member of the Natural Stone Council Board of Directors and Chairman of the MSHA/OSHA Committee within the NSC.  Mike received the 2013 MASC Community Citizenship Award from the Mining Association of South Carolina, as well as, the 2008 Governor's Volunteer Award from the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration.  Prior to joining the Elberton Granite Association,

Mr. Pruitt had a 15 year career with Vulcan Materials in various positions. 

 

Please take time to visit the Association's website at http://www.egaonline.com/  and their latest edition of the GraniteerMagazine (http://www.egaonline.com/graniteer-magazine).

 

Please see the attached meeting notice.  Hope to see you in Milledgeville on August 17th! Dr. Sal Romero from Golder Associates  will give us an environmental update with news from Atlanta, Washington, and beyond.  Be sure to thank Golder Associates for sponsoring our opening reception.  We will finish the evening with door prizes.  Don't miss it!

 

Tom Hilderbrand   

SME Georgia Section Chair



Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

Georgia Section Meeting Notice

 

A meeting of the SME Georgia Section will be held on August 17, 2017 in the University Banquet Room (Presidential Dining Room located next to the MAX) at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. 

 

Meeting Agenda

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM      Reception – Sponsored by Golder Associates

 

      6:45 PM - 6:50 PM      Environmental Issues Forum -- moderated by Dr. Sal Romero (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc.).

 

6:50 PM. - 7:00 PM    Business Meeting – Announcements for Georgia Section SME.

 

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM    Dinner Served – Herb-Rubbed, Roasted Chicken Breast, Fresh House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette , Oven Herbed Roasted Potatoes, Chef's Choice of Seasonal Vegetables, Angel Food Cake with Strawberries, Traditional Roll and Butter, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal and Non-Herbal Numi Teas with Hot Water and Freshly Brewed Iced Tea.

  

7:30 PM - 8:30 pm    Speaker: Matthew Pruitt, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of the Elberton Granite Association.

"Stone Quarrying and Manufacturing of Memorials in Elberton, GA"

Abstract: Dimension stone produced in Elberton, GA is primarily used for the production of memorials of all types.  It is carefully quarried using rock drills, jet piercing machines and wire saws to prevent fractures during the extraction process.  This is very different from the drilling, blasting, and fragmentation necessary for aggregate production.  After quarrying, which produces large blocks of stone (often 15 tons or more), the rock is graded and shipped, usually by truck, to local, national, and international manufacturers of memorials.  There, the rock from the Elberton Quarries, and from around the world, is diamond sawn into smaller shapes, and then hand carved by expert stone cutters, or CNC machine shaped for economy, into monuments, memorials, statuary, mausoleums, grave markers, signs, and countertops.  UGA graduates may remember the granite Georgia Dawg, made in Elberton from Elberton Granite, and the display of rock types from Elberton in the Geology Department Building.
About the Speaker, Matthew Pruitt: Executive Assistant to the Vice President of the EGA

Current Member of the Natural Stone Council Board of Directors and Chairman of the MSHA/OSHA Committee within the NSC

2013 MASC Community Citizenship Award from the Mining Association of South Carolina

2008 Governor's Volunteer Award from the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration

Former 15yr Career with Vulcan Materials in various positions

 

Founded in 1951, the Elberton Granite Association, Inc. is the largest trade association of granite quarriers and manufacturers in the United States. More than 250,000 granite memorials are manufactured annually by E.G.A. firms and shipped throughout the United States. The Elberton Granite Association, Inc. represents more than 150 member firms. In addition to encouraging traditional memorialization and high standards of quality, the Elberton Granite Association, Inc. also maintains a voice in the national and international granite industry with regard to market development and technology.

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Location: The Presidential Dining Room is on the upper floor of the Maxwell Student Union located at corner of N. Clarke Street and W. Hancock Street on the campus of Georgia College & State University.  The entrance is on the Hancock St. side of the building.  See http://www.gcsu.edu/campus for a GC&SU campus map.

 

From Atlanta Take 1-20 East to Exit 114 (Madison). Turn right onto Highway 441 South. Follow Highway 441 South to Milledgeville (about 45 miles). Entering Milledgeville, continue straight so that you follow the business section of Hwy. 441 to Montgomery Street. Turn left.  Drive one block and turn right onto Clark Street.  Continue to the 1st stop light which is Hancock Street.  The Maxwell Student Union is on the left.

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Note:  The cost for both members and guests is $30 per person.  The cost for Students is $20.  Those interested in attending please mail or fax, (478) 552-4105, their registration to Tom Hilderbrand (tom.hilderbrand@thielekaolin.com; 478-552-3951, ext. 1237).  Please make checks payable to SME Georgia Section.  Complete and return this form and payment to:  SME Georgia Section, P.O. Box 1056, Sandersville, GA  31082 no later than August 15, 2017.  You may pay by credit card at the door.

 

Name(s) of Attendees:

Number of Meals              (regular meals/vegetarian meals)                                               ____/_____

 

Total Amount Enclosed                                                                                             ___________



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Thomas Hilderbrand
Manager Process Engineering
Thiele Kaolin Co
Sandersville GA United States
(478) 552-3951 EXT 1237
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Location

Georgia College Maxwell Student Union
231 West Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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Contact

Thomas Hilderbrand
(478) 552-3951 EXT 1237
tom.hilderbrand@thielekaolin.com