Great Lakes Aggregates

Sylvania Minerals, LLC

Sylvania Minerals Quarry

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Sylvania Minerals is a sandstone and limestone quarry located in the Village of South Rockwood, in north east Monroe County Michigan.

The quarry and plant began operations in 1998, and operates on a 600 acre site. The quarry mines clay, dolomitic limestone, and sandstone. The clay is used for a variety of land balance earth work projects and landfill applications. The sandstone is a high purity silica sandstone that is used for the manufacture of glass. The dolomitic limestone is used to produce a variety of construction aggregates used in road construction and pavement.

Sylvania Minerals Quarry
5699 Ready Road
P.O. Box 406
South Rockwood, MI 48179

Phone: 734-783-7400
Fax: 734-379-0311

 

Hours

Weekdays 6:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 6:00am - 2:00pm

 

MDOT Pit #58-013

Sylvania Minerals Quarry

Community Outreach

Monroe Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #113 Receives Stone and Trucking Donation

August 10, 2017

Dani’s Transport and Sylvania Minerals partnered together to support the Monroe FOP located at 1051 Strasburg Road Monroe, MI. The FOP has always been a pillar in the community and pride themselves on giving back. Recently, they have struggled to get building maintenance done due to lack of funds. The parking lot needed improvements not…

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Friends of Mineralogy Visits Sylvania Minerals Quarry

August 10, 2017

Sylvania Minerals hosts the Friends of Mineralogy group annually. Specimens are collected and photos are taken of the different benches, minerals, and fossils. Below is a letter from Geologist Reggie Rose describing the trip:   Friends of Mineralogy Trip to Sylvania Minerals Quarry is a Success!   A total of 29 Friends of Mineralogy collectors…

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Sylvania Minerals Hosts Field Trip for Students

June 21, 2017

The day began with Bill Begley, Plant Manager and Geologist, and Keith Childress, QC Manger briefing the group on safety topics at the mine. While the group was huddled at the observation area overlooking the quarry, Bill explained the geology, history, and fun facts about the quarry. The day continued with students taking a bus…

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Limestone Material

21AA

Approximate size:  1 1/2″ x 0 with fines

Common applications:  Road base, shoulders, driveways

23A

Approximate size:  1″ x 0 with fines

Common applications:  Road Base, shoulders, driveways

Class IIA

Approximate size:  1 1/2″ x 0

Common applications:  Common fill, pipe bedding, drainage

Class III

Approximate size:  3/4″ x 0

Common applications:  Common fill, walking/bike paths

Class IIIA

Approximate size:  3/8″ x 0

Common application:  Common fill

6AA NCU (non-concrete use)

Approximate size:  1′ x 1/4″

Common applications:  Pipe bedding, drainage

Rip-Rap Product

4″ x 8″

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping

8″ x 16″

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping

16″ x 24″

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping

24″ Plus

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping

0 x 8″ PLS (Prepared Limestone)

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping
Available upon request

Custom

Product uses:  Retaining walls, sea walls, road runoff drains, landscaping
Available upon request

Commercial/County Material

5G

Approximate size:  1 1/2″ x 1/2″

Common applications:  Pipe Bedding, drainage, driveways

3″ x 1″

Approximate size: 3″ x 1″

Common applications:  Common fill, driveways

21AA Wayne County

Approximate size:  1 1/2″ x 0 with fines

Common applications:  Road Base, shoulders, driveways

Stone Sand

Approximate size:  1/2″ x 0

Common applications:  Common fill, walking/bike paths

Manufactured Sand

Approximate size:  3/8″ x 0

Common application:  Drainable fill

Other Products

Athletic Base

Approximate size:  1″ x #30 mesh

Common applications: Beaches/drainage for athletic fields

 

Asphalt Splits Product

1 1/2″ x 1/2″

Product use: Hot Mix Asphalt Mixes

3/4″ x 1/2″

Product use:  Hot Mix Asphalt Mixes

1/2″ x 3/8″

Product use:  Hot mix asphalat mixes

3/8″ x #4

Product use:  Hot mix asphalat mixes

MFG Sand

Approximate size: 1/2″ x 0 with fines

Product use:  Hot mix asphalat mixes

Safety Data Sheet

Limestone, Crushed Stone

Table of Contents

  1. General Identification
  2. Hazard Identification
  3. Composition of Ingredients
  4. First Aid Measures
  5. Fire Fighting Measures
  6. Accidential Release Measures
  7. Handling and Storing
  8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
  9. Physical and Chemical Properties
  10. Stability and Reactivity
  11. Toxicology Information
  12. Ecologial Information
  13. Disposal Considerations
  14. Transport Information
  15. Regulatory Information

 

Geology

Exposed in the Sylvania Minerals quarry is Pleistocene glacial till, sandstone of the Devonian age Sylvania Sandstone Formation, and dolomitic limestone’s of Devonian and Silurian age.

The glacial till lies on top of the underlying bedrock, and was deposited during the last glaciation. As the glaciers began to retreat (melt) 25,000 years ago, they deposited a thick layer of material on top of the bedrock called glacial till. The till is predominantly clay with sand, pebbles, cobbles, and the occasional boulder. Whatever was entrained in the ice sheet, which was up to two miles thick at its maximum thickness, was deposited on the bedrock as the glaciers melted.

The sandstone under the till is the Devonian Age Sylvania Sandstone. The formation was deposited on the margin of a large epicontinental sea that inundated the middle of the North American Continent 380 million years ago. The sandstone is made up of well sorted washed quartz sand, sediments typical of shoreline and eolian (sand dune) environments.

Underlying the Sylvania Sandstone is the Raisin River Dolomite, which is the formation that is mined for construction aggregates in the Sylvania Minerals quarry. The upper unit of the Raisin River Dolomite is a cherty dolomitic limestone which is generally 100 feet thick in the quarry. The lower unit of the formation is also approximately 100 feet thick, and is made up of dolomitic limestone largely devoid of chert. The sediments that make up the formation were deposited in a shallow marine environment that covered Michigan 410 million years ago.

Some interesting fossils and minerals are occasionally found in the quarry. The most common minerals are calcite and celestite. Fossils include coral, brachiopods, bryozoans, and the rare trilobite.

Bedrock Map
Stratigraphic Column under Sylvania
Stratigraphic Succession

Friends of Mineralogy

Friends of Mineralogy Visits Sylvania Minerals Quarry

Sylvania Minerals hosts the Friends of Mineralogy group annually. Specimens are collected and photos are taken of the different benches, minerals, and fossils. Below is a letter from Geologist Reggie Rose describing the trip:

 

Friends of Mineralogy Trip to Sylvania Minerals Quarry is a Success!

 

A total of 29 Friends of Mineralogy collectors were in attendance July 15, 2017 at our field trip to the Sylvania Minerals Quarry in South Rockwood, Michigan.  Unlike our 2016 trip, temperatures were easily bearable rising to only the low 80’s by the end of our time there (last year it was 93!).  Although the temperature was cooler than a year ago, the collecting heated up this year.  A lot of our collectors found nice specimens to take home.  I saw more worthwhile specimens this year and took more pictures than in any single year, and maybe as many as all the years we have been there totaled together.  We spent about 75 percent of the day on the upper bench where there is mostly calcite.  Celestite was hard to find on the upper bench, but when it was found, the upper bench celestite specimens made the most attractive specimens.  The upper bench celestite manifested itself in pockets that were filled with fine clear celestite blades.  Before this article concludes, all photographed finds will be mentioned, but the real celestite dazzler from the upper bench was found by Pam Lauer (Crestline, OH). During the last part of the day Friends of Mineralogy collected on the middle bench where the rocks encased larger blue masses of celestite which was blocky, rather than in fine blades like on the upper bench.

My camera lens was treated to images of three types of specimens: (a) Calcite, (b) Celestite, and (c) combo specimens of Calcite & Celestite.  Keep in mind that during the course of a field trip, due to time constraints, I only get photos from a few collectors, so there are more members in the “clubs” below.  I just did not get to see what everyone collected. Collectors in the “Calcite Club” were: Mike Royal (Defiance, OH), Tom Bolka (Xenia, OH), Cliff Harness (Columbus, OH), Marty Povirk (Franklin, MI) & Mick Pinka (Bellville, OH).  In the “Celestite Club” besides Pam were Jeff Schaumberg (Columbus, OH), Mike Royal, Lawrence Hull (Lexington, OH) and Mick Pinka.  The lone member of the “Combo Club” that I saw was Cliff Harness.

As aforementioned, the weather and collecting on this trip to South Rockwood were markedly different than last year.  What was not different from last year to this year, was the excellence of our host.  Bill Begley is a veteran plant manager who is not only a quarry employee, but at MSU, earned a geology degree.  What is noticeably special about him is his warmth as a host, knowledge of his quarry, and safety awareness.  His warmth is evident as he enjoys talking to our member collectors.  His knowledge his quarry is important with regards to logistics – Bill knew when to move the Friends of Mineralogy group to the lower bench, and that is important – he knew there was not as much material for inspection as on the upper bench, so he knew when to move the group.  Our move was like an orchestral conductor waving the baton at the right time.  Last, but not least important, Bill is a safety expert – although we claim to have the best training of any club in the region, and some of our group members are pretty sharp on safety, Bill showed he was the sharpest safety guy in the quarry, checking on finer details like wheel chocks, condition of our equipment and positioning of collectors.  Thank you for keeping us safe Bill, and thanks to Great Lakes Aggregates having FM as guests.  It is through what we collect we can support the recipients of our charitable efforts.  Mining companies like Great Lakes Aggregates have an interest in education in mineralogy and the geological sciences.  Because of their supportive view of education and their belief that they can have a positive on the community outside the quarry through public relations efforts, it is easy to see why Bill Begley, Sylvania Minerals Plant Manager and Chris Kinney, President, Great Lakes Aggregates in a period of a few short years, become Friends of Mineralogy favorites.

 

Reggie Rose

Friends of Mineralogy

 

Explaining Friends of Mineralogy

FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY (FM):  Mission Statement and Affiliations

WHAT IS FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY?
Friends of Mineralogy (FM) is a national organization of professional and amateur mineral collectors, founded in Tucson (AZ) on February 13, 1970.  FM operates on a national level and also through seven regional chapters.   FM is comprised of professional mineralogists, mineral museum curators, and amateur collectors who share a love of mineral specimens and the desire to promote understanding and appreciation of mineralogy and geology.  Anyone who shares those interests may become a member of FM.

 

FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY MISSION STATEMENT:
FM’s objectives are to promote, support, protect, and expand the collection of mineral specimens and to further the recognition of the scientific, economic, and aesthetic value of minerals and collecting mineral specimens.  FM also holds as important the development of positive relationships with landowners and mine operators and is committed to safe collecting.

 

FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY ASSOCIATIONS:
The Friends of Mineralogy is affiliated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), as well as with Rocks & Minerals and the Mineralogical Record magazines.  FM is co-sponsor with the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society (TGMS) and the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), of the annual Tucson Mineralogical Symposia.  Among its activities it also sponsors awards for best articles each calendar year in The Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals and extra Lapis English and gives special recognition at the February Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for educational displays that help explain an aspect of mineralogy.  Both of these magazines provide FM space and publish news of its activities from time-to-time.  FM in turn supports these magazines in various endeavors.

 

FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION:
FM members do not just go into a quarry to collect nice specimens to take home.  Our members like to know what they are collecting and the geologic environment in which it formed.  Considering this, every field trip can be a learning experience for our members.  We share this information and specimens with quarry personnel so that they can help educate young students in their area.  The result is that the quarry can impact science education in their area by affiliations developed through FM field trips.  At the same time, quarry personnel often share information with us about their operation, whether their quarry mines materials for cement, ag-lime, decorative stone, or road aggregate.  With information coming from both sides – the geology of the field trip – and the products of the quarry’s operation, all parties can share in the learning experience.  FM also works closely with the Ohio Earth Sciences Teachers Association, which provides mineral samples for teachers.  It is through our commitment to education and safety that we hope to develop positive relationships with host quarries.

 

FRIENDS OF MINERALOGY COMMITMENT TO SAFETY:
A majority of our field trips are to quarries where the host asks for MSHA hazard and safety training certification.  Therefore, only those members who have completed an MSHA hazard and safety training refresher course within the past year are permitted to attend field trips where MHSA certification is asked for.  If, on a given trip, a collector finds nothing worth taking home (which is rare!), when that collector leaves a quarry in good health, that collector has had a successful day.  An important goal is to have everyone in our membership employ safe collecting procedures and follow the directions of our host.  We feel that, because our commitment to safety is so important, this is an important first step toward developing positive relationships with our host quarries.  In addition, through a program initiated by one of our members who is an associate MSHA instructor, senior Ohio Department of Natural Resources geologist, and veteran collector, we are working to standardize MSHA training tailored for collectors throughout the region of the FM Midwest Chapter (IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, and OH).