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State of the Industry

A stationary plant can support longer conveyor systems due to the site’s permanent structure. Photo: P&Q staff

Producers, suppliers adapting on the fly successfully

December 21, 2020By

The FAST Act extension was good news for the industry, AMCAST’s Vinnie Rocco writes. But finding a long-term solution will be an uphill battle, as the U.S. may be facing COVID-related legislative delays well into 2021.

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How Colorado’s aggregate producers are faring these days

December 18, 2020By

Todd Ohlheiser, executive director of the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Centennial State.

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How North Carolina’s aggregate producers are faring

December 17, 2020By

Jay Stem, executive director of the North Carolina Aggregates Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Tar Heel State – and more – with P&Q.

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Says Rock Machinery’s Bryant Fazer: “We see a significant need to maintain inventory levels to be responsive to our customer base.” Photo: Rock Machinery

Doing more with less the 2020 recipe for success

December 16, 2020By

In a year that presented numerous obstacles, aggregate producers found quick cost-saving measures in existing operations and ran lean to bring down their cost per ton, writes Rock Machinery’s Bryant Fazer.

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U.S. Concrete’s Red River Plant in Thackerville, Okla., produces about 600,000 tons of concrete sand per year. Photo: P&Q Staff

How Oklahoma’s aggregate producers are faring these days

December 15, 2020By

Devery Youngblood, executive director of the Oklahoma Aggregates Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Sooner State – and more – with P&Q.

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Industry trends and observations from the Upper Midwest

December 14, 2020By

One trend General Equipment & Supplies’ Micah Tysver points out is the idea that coarse aggregate is getting harder to find, meaning portable plants are becoming more of a necessity.

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How Georgia’s aggregate producers are faring these days

December 11, 2020By

Jeff Wansley, executive director of the Georgia Construction Aggregate Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Peach State – and more – with P&Q.

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Lile Quarry is currently opening up a new pit in southwest Missouri, marking a new chapter at the operation that falls under owner Jim Lile’s purview. Photo courtesy of Kevin Yanik

Aggregate operations press on while exuding strength, vibrancy

December 10, 2020By

Despite unexpected 2020 events, Bramco-MPS’s Mark Strader writes that the industry remains strong and is already looking ahead to a brighter year in 2021.

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An aerial view of Washington Rock Quarries' Kapowsin Quarry. Photo: Jonathan Hart

How Washington state’s aggregate producers are faring

December 9, 2020By

Bruce Chattin of the Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Evergreen State – and more – with P&Q.

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