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RR103118 ElevateOct. 31, 2018 - I am blogging live this week from Command Alkon’s Elevate Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference features keynote addresses, solutions labs, breakout sessions, industry awards, networking and an expo. Both Rock Products and sister publication Concrete Products are participating in the event. And let me tell you, Austin is a great place for an event like this. #WeElevateTogether.

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Looking Ahead With Caution

RR101618 IntercemOct. 16, 2018 – At the Intercem Americas conference in Miami, Colin Sutherland, president of SC Market Analytics, talked about infrastructure market dynamics that will impact both the cement and aggregates industries. Chief among these are a rising fed funds rate, full employment, super-stimulative fiscal policy, rising minimum wage, rising oil prices and tariff-driven materials price increases. The industries may also be impacted positively by new gas taxes and a non-building sector that could see as much as 18 percent growth.

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Happy 40th Anniversary, Polydeck!

RR101218 PolydeckOct. 11, 2018 – Spartanburg, S.C.-based Polydeck Screen Corp. celebrated its 40th anniversary, with an evening reception at the Spartanburg Marriott, as well as tours and a special luncheon at its manufacturing facility. Polydeck is a family owned, family operated business. Since its incorporation in America in 1978 by founders Manfred Freissle, Helmut Rosenbusch and Dieter Egler, the company is recognized as pioneers, inventors, innovators and providers of dependable screen media. The company boasts more than 50 worldwide patents; a 129,400-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility; injection molding lines for polyurethane screen media and rubber screen media; engineering and applications expertise to customize any system to your operation; and in-house tool and die facilities. Learn more at

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Remembering Bill Ford

RR091918 BillFordSept. 19, 2018 – It is with great sadness that the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) shares the news that William “Bill” Ford passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. I have been around the aggregates industry for almost 25 years, and I can tell you, Bill was a fine man, always willing to help wherever he was needed; a diligent advocate for the industry; and a good friend to the trade press. Ford joined the old National Stone Association in 1990 and served as NSSGA’s senior vice president by the time of his retirement in 2011. “Bill’s wisdom and leadership helped protect public safety and advance the goals of NSSGA’s members,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “On behalf of our association and the entire industry, we offer our sincerest condolences to Bill’s friends and family.”  

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Here Comes Florence

RR091218 hurricaneSept. 12, 2018 – Here comes Hurricane Florence, barreling its way toward the Carolinas. I asked Jasper (Jay) G. Stem Jr. P.E., executive director of the North Carolina Aggregates Association what was happening on his home turf. "I was visiting one of my members in the western part of the state yesterday," he said. "They were focused on shipping ABC so the contractors could get the subgrade covered and protect it from the rain. I believe most every quarry is experiencing the same thing." It looks like North Carolina will be spared the worst part of the storm. The always-changing forecast said that it will largely move across South Carolina. "With that said, our quarries and pits in the Wilmington area are going to take the worst part of the storm and will definitely be flooded," Stem said. "With the predicted heavy rains and damages to the roads, most of our members will be focused on supplying NCDOT with material after the storm departs." Here's hoping for the best for all aggregates producers in the path of the storm. 

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