Continued funding, support leading Michigan’s 2024 outlook

By |  February 2, 2024


Doug Needham, executive director of the Michigan Aggregates Association, shares his thoughts on how 2023 was for Michigan aggregates and what his outlook is for 2024. 

Describe the state of the aggregate industry within your state in a word or two.

Strong with high demand.

How did aggregate producers in your state fare in 2023 compared to your expectations coming into the year?

The industry met my expectations this year.

Describe your outlook for the aggregate industry in 2024?

Extremely optimistic.

What factors are driving your outlook for 2024?

The final sales of bonds to fix roads and bridges along with an increase in commercial development.

What are the greatest opportunities available to aggregate producers within your state in 2024?

Continued funding from both the state and federal government to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

What are the greatest challenges aggregate producers in your state will face in 2024?

Increased public resistance for the opening and/or expansion of new aggregate operations.

Anything else you’d like to add related to the current state of the aggregate industry?

While Michigan’s aggregate industry remains strong, there is concern about a sharp decrease in transportation funding in the near future unless a viable long-term funding solution is implemented.

Related: Infrastructure spending prompts optimism among Missouri producers 

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