March 13, 2017 – I just returned from Las Vegas, where I spent a week attending the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) convention and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. The NSSGA convention was a huge success and ConExpo-Con/Agg was a beast. This was my ninth show, and it was by far the best. More than 127,000 people. More than 2.8 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. It is the rare show where every single manufacturer you speak with is optimistic and at their trade-show booth, display products are already sold and they are writing orders for more. It is the rare show where aggregates producers are talking about adding new equipment, upgrading rolling stock and planning for additional shifts. What we are experiencing is the perfect storm. When President Obama signed the FAST Act in December of 2015, we knew the market would not feel the effects until 2017. That effect has hit. As President Trump keeps repeating that we are going to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, it pushes a gale-force wind into the sails. Hold onto your hat friends, this is going to be a hell of a ride.