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2019 state by state report: North Carolina

By |  December 17, 2019
Headshot: Jasper Stem, executive director, North Carolina Aggregates Association

Stem

Pit & Quarry connected with Jasper Stem, the executive director of the North Carolina Aggregates Association, to discuss his optimism for North Carolina’s aggregate industry in 2020.

Describe the current state of the industry within North Carolina in a word or two: Growing and watchful

His outlook for 2020: Extremely optimistic

Factors driving his 2020 outlook: An increase in the number of highway lettings by NCDOT (the North Carolina Department of Transportation) and a proposed increase in federal funding.

Greatest opportunities available to aggregate producers in North Carolina: More opportunities to bid on highway projects

Photo by Pit & Quarry staff.

Photo by Pit & Quarry staff.

Greatest challenges facing producers in North Carolina: Possible economic slowdown and increased environmental regulations

On how the relationship between aggregate producers and Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) officials changed in 2019: North Carolina, until recently, has been in the Southeast District. We have an excellent relationship with the Southeast District Office. But with the “One MSHA” initiative, our state is now under the jurisdiction of three districts – 5, 7 and the Southeast. We have not met with the new district managers for 5 and 7 to start building a relationship with those offices.


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