About Us

The aggregate authority

aboutus-1918Launched in 1916, Pit & Quarry magazine covers the multi-billion-dollar aggregate mining industry. It serves as the leading equipment and technology media source for the crushed stone and sand-and-gravel industries, offering readers relevant information about the latest industry news.

Pit & Quarry offers a monthly magazine, as well as a weekly newsletter and online platform that provide a constant stream of equipment and technology information and news.

Pit & Quarry magazine

Pit & Quarry‘s editorial content is based on extensive reader research. The editorial staff covers the industry from the field, traveling thousands of miles each year to visit quarries, sand and gravel plants, and attend industry trade shows and conferences for our monthly magazine. With editorial offices in Cleveland and an experienced staff of contributing writers, Pit & Quarry has more editorial resources at its disposal than any other aggregate industry magazine.

Going digital

First launched in 1996, Pit & Quarry‘s website has become the leading online information source for aggregate producers. Using the latest technology, it provides visitors the most current and comprehensive information possible. Our weekly Enewsletter, “Pit & Quarry Weekly Report,” also reinforces our need to provide users with breaking industry news as quickly as possible.

In addition, Pit & Quarry offers digital editions of each issue so readers can access the magazine online via our website.

Finally, our social media platforms (Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram) allow us to rapidly spread industry news and build strong relationships with readers.

Editorial team

k_yanikKevin Yanik, Editor-in-Chief
kyanik@northcoastmedia.net | (216) 706-3724

Kevin Yanik, editor-in-chief, joined Pit & Quarry in 2012. Kevin is also the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry’s sister magazine, Portable Plants. A Cleveland native and graduate of John Carroll University, Kevin has spent the last 11 years in B2B publishing.

z_mentz_130x173Zach Mentz, Managing Editor
zmentz@northcoastmedia.net | (216) 706-3747

Zach Mentz is the managing editor for Pit & Quarry magazine. Zach received a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from John Carroll University, where he served as editor in chief for the university’s student newspaper, The Carroll News. His previous experience also includes time spent in the Cleveland Indians communications department. In addition to Pit & Quarry, Zach also serves as the managing editor for Portable Plants magazine.

j_mccarthy_130x173Joe McCarthy, Associate Editor
jmccarthy@northcoastmedia.net | (216) 706-7930

Joe McCarthy is the associate editor of Pit & Quarry magazine. Before joining the editorial staff for Pit & Quarry, he worked as sports editor for John Carroll University’s student newspaper, The Carroll News, and contributed to John Carroll University’s athletic website, jcusports.com. He graduated from John Carroll University in 2017 with B.A. in Communications with a focus on journalism. In addition to Pit & Quarry, he also serves as associate editor for LP Gas and Portable Plants magazines.

a_barwaczAllison Barwacz, Digital Media Manager
abarwacz@northcoastmedia.net | (216) 706-3796

Allison Barwacz is the digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM’s Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

b_doranBill Doran, MSHA & Law Columnist

Bill Doran’s practice is concentrated in safety and health law and litigation at the law firm Ogletree Deakins. Doran represents and advises companies with respect to issues arising under federal and state safety and health statutes. He represents companies in accident investigations, special investigations, audits and discrimination investigations conducted by MSHA and OSHA, as well as state agencies. He also represents companies in litigation before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission and the federal courts. Doran advises and represents companies and trade associations on local and national issues within the purview of federal agency administrators.

m_lopezMargo Lopez, MSHA & Law Columnist

Margo Lopez is the managing shareholder of the Washington, D.C. office of Ogletree Deakins, and is a long-time workplace safety lawyer representing mining companies in the coal, metal, stone, sand and gravel industries. She is a highly successful litigator and regularly presents company and industry cases before administrative law judges, Federal Review Commissions and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Lopez represents mine operators in federal investigations and cases arising out of mine incidents and agency enforcement actions under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. She has been lead counsel in the aftermath of serious mine accidents and she represents companies and witnesses in MSHA special investigations and safety discrimination cases.

Head shots captured on 9/4/2013 for North Coast Media. All photos by Hunter Harrison of Hunter Photographic, a Cleveland wedding photographer. More on the web at www.hunterphotographic.com.

David Chereb, Aggregate Forecaster

David Chereb is the executive vice president and chief economist of SC Market Analytics. His specialties are leading indicators for regional construction and industry market assessments. He designed the SCMA county-based construction materials online model and writes a monthly forecasting article for Pit & Quarry.  He has written several articles on computers and simulation models, including “A New Econometric Model of the U.S. Economy,” “A Simulation of Proposal Strategies,” and “Data Mining Lite” (co-authored with John Mercer). In addition, he was a member of the Air Force space team designing the Space Shuttle. Chereb holds a Bachelor of Science from the USAF Academy, a Master of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in economics.

g_reddinGeorge Reddin, Economics Columnist

George Reddin, Pit & Quarry’s economics columnist, is a managing director with FMI Capital Advisors, FMI Corp.’s registered investment banking subsidiary. Reddin specializes in mergers, acquisitions and financial advisory services. He works with companies in the construction materials industry, including aggregate, hot-mix asphalt, ready-mix concrete and concrete product producers, as well as contractors involved in road-building construction. Reddin is also a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association; the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; and the National Precast Concrete Association.

s_duncanScott Duncan, Economics Columnist

Scott Duncan is a director with FMI Capital Advisors, Inc., FMI Corporation’s registered investment banking subsidiary. Scott works closely with construction company owners on financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and ownership transfer issues. Over the past decade, he has managed more than $1 billion in construction industry M&A transactions and advised numerous companies on the development of internal stock transfer programs.

Sales team

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