Highlights from the Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference

By |  February 2, 2018

From left: Alleyton Resource’s Brian Hollrah, ACG Materials’ Scott Alexander and Anderson Columbia’s Dan Johnson participated in a panel discussion with Pit & Quarry‘s Kevin Yanik. Photo by Allison Barwacz.

The 2018 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference took place Jan. 30-31 at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida, drawing aggregate producers, equipment manufacturers, dealers and other industry professionals for two days of productive networking, roundtable-style discussions, golf and more.

The conference featured several speakers, including Mike Johnson, the president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, who brought attendees up to speed on the latest developments taking place on the legislative and regulatory fronts.

Margo Lopez, a workplace safety lawyer who is the managing shareholder of the Washington, D.C., office at Ogletree Deakins, also spoke. Lopez focused on the road ahead at the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), which is now under the leadership of Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo.

Additionally, George Reddin, the managing director at FMI Capital Advisors Inc., offered an outlook on the construction materials market. According to Reddin, the market conditions at the moment are the best the industry has seen in a decade.

As usual, all Roundtable attendees participated in discussions on several topics of interest to the aggregate industry, including the state of construction materials demand, the state of highway funding, the impact of the tax reform bill, the latest equipment and technologies, and the industry’s relationship with MSHA.

The conference concluded with a panel discussion on equipment and technology, specifically on good utilization of automation and data at aggregate operations. Producers who participated in the discussion were Scott Alexander, vice president at ACG Materials; Brian Hollrah, CFO at Alleyton Resource; and Dan Johnson, vice president of operations at Anderson Columbia.

Highlights from the 2018 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference will be presented in a special supplement to appear in the 2018 edition of Pit & Quarry.

Later this year, Pit & Quarry will welcome aggregate producers to apply to attend the 2019 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference. The date and location of the 2019 event will be announced at a later date.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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