About P&Q’s 2019 State of the Industry Report

By |  December 5, 2019
FEC Quarry in Miami is the third-largest producer of crushed stone in the United States, according to the latest United States Geological Survey rankings. Photo by Zach Mentz

Pit & Quarry’s annual State of the Industry report provides a snapshot of where the aggregate industry stands at the moment. Photo by Zach Mentz

Pit & Quarry’s December issue is always one of my favorites, as this is the month we publish our annual State of the Industry Report.

State of the industry reports are a common find in B2B magazines like Pit & Quarry. All of the other publications here at North Coast Media, for example, provide their readers with such annual reports.

P&Q, however, has taken its State of the Industry coverage to the next level over the last few years.

Since 2017, we’ve produced a true report that covers a sizable chunk of the folio. We’ve engaged our readers through interviews and an in-depth survey that touches on topics such as aggregate demand, equipment and safety. We’ve also reached out to producers, equipment manufacturers and dealers to capture their perspectives, providing a platform on these pages for some of the industry’s leading voices.

It was instilled in me long ago that business magazines are where industries come together, and I truly believe our State of the Industry Report is the embodiment of that concept.

We have a number of contributors in this year’s report whose collective thought presents a snapshot of where the aggregate industry is at this moment in time.

Digging deeper

Where we are as an industry is fortunately still in a very good place. SC Market Analytics’ David Chereb, our aggregate forecaster, indicates as much in his five-year outlook. The heads of the industry’s national and state associations provide additional reason for optimism, and the manufacturers and dealers we call on detail many of the great technological changes – changes for the better – that producers are currently going through.

From my seat, the mood of the market is still relatively positive. As I connect with sources around the industry, I don’t hear a lot of negativity. The industry was in a better place a year ago and 2017 gave us a lot to feel good about, too. But 2019 was no slouch, and 2020 has the potential to bring more of the same.

You’ll get a greater sense of 2020’s potential as you dive into this month’s State of the Industry Report. The P&Q report was recognized as an award-winning section by the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2017 and 2018, and I’m confident our 2019 edition will provide not only insightful content but information that prepares you for the year ahead.

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