Pit & Quarry Roundtable

Some aggregate industry leaders see a potential end to the journey of securing adequate infrastructure funding. Photo iStock.com/undefined

Coming together on our crumbling infrastructure

May 24, 2019By

The long road to secure adequate funding for our nation’s roads and bridges stretches on, but some industry leaders see a potential end in sight.

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USGS again ranked Cemex’s Balcones Quarry as the top crushed stone-producing operation in the nation. Photo by Kevin Yanik

How producers, manufacturers prioritize employee safety

May 13, 2019By

Safety is the focus in protecting manufacturer’s employees and for the producers who incorporate new tech into their operations.

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A number of aggregate producers are looking to upgrade their plants these days with brand-new equipment. Photo: iStock.com/isabela66

Equipment supply-and-demand conundrums

April 25, 2019By

Manufacturers are getting creative to meet the needs of producers who are increasingly pressed for heavy machinery, processing equipment and parts.

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Those who attend the Roundtable are divided into two rooms that have concurrent discussions on the same industry topics. Photo courtesy of PamElla Lee Photography

Great expectations for the year to come

April 24, 2019By

Many of the producers and manufacturers at this year’s Roundtable experienced record years in 2018, and hopes are high that 2019 can bring more of the same.

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According to Brandeis’ Lee Heffley, the best manufacturer-dealer relationships are the ones where both sides cooperate with one another. Photo courtesy of PamElla Lee Photography

The evolving dealer-producer universe

April 23, 2019By

Producers traditionally rely on dealers for a few key deliverables, but just-in-time expectations are forcing dealers to alter how they uphold their end.

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Bill Doran says there is a different atmosphere around MSHA now that Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo is leading the agency centered on mine safety and health. Photo courtesy of PamElla Lee Photography.

Dissecting MSHA’s 2019 agenda

April 22, 2019By

The tone coming out of the Mine Safety & Health Administration shifted under the current administration, but frontline changes are slow to surface.

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NSSGA President and CEO Michael Johnson, right, with P&Q’s Kevin Yanik during the Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference. Photo courtesy of PamElla Lee Photography.

The latest on legislative & government affairs

April 19, 2019By

Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, discussed developments in Washington at the 2019 P&Q Roundtable & Conference.

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Aggregate producers are raising concerns as MSHA merges coal inspectors with the metal/nonmetal mining sector. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Aggregate producers reflect on ‘One MSHA’ initiative

April 12, 2019By

A number of producers are troubled by the shift of Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors from the coal side to metal/nonmetal the initiative.

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