Pennsylvania DOT Faces Crisis

Nov. 30, 2020 – Pennsylvania’s DOT is on the verge of shutting down hundreds of projects and potentially putting thousands out of work, if it can’t get $600 million in emergency funding from the state legislature to make up for slumping gas tax revenue and a lack of federal assistance, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian said the…

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Material Shortages, Price Increases

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Nov. 24, 2020 – According to Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), selective materials shortages and price increases continue to affect contractors. AGC has received reports of cement shortages in California and Utah. Participants in the October ABI survey also reported problems. Overall, six in 10 responding firms this month indicated that they have seen some degree of…

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100 Years of the Mellott Company

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Nov. 18, 2020 – In 2016, I had the privilege of traveling to Warfordsburg, Pa., to tour the Mellott Company facility. I wrote a feature story that appeared in Rock Products based on that experience. One thing was certain during my visit there with Paul Mellott Jr., Brian Mellott and Herman Mellott – this is one of the aggregates industry’s best companies. That history of excellence…

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TACA Goes Full App

Nov. 17, 2020 – The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA), which represents member companies in the aggregate, concrete, cement and other associated industries in Texas, has launched an app for iOS and Android mobile devices. The new TACA app allows a more advanced communications experience for its more than 225 member companies. “TACA is enhancing the way its members interact…

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Branch Predicts Construction Gains in 2021

Nov. 10, 2020 – Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics, helmed the organization’s 82nd Annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference, held virtually. He is calling for total construction to take a sharp 14% drop in 2020, with a 4% rise in 2021. He is calling for a total investment of $771 billion in 2021. Branch is predicting highway and bridge starts…

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NSSGA’s Johnson Weighs In

Nov. 10, 2020 – National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael Johnson issued the following statement on the outcome of the 2020 elections: “NSSGA commends a record number of citizens for exercising their right to vote and congratulates the winners of this historic election. The strength of ROCKPAC and the active engagement of our members in the political process…

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Vulcan Materials Looks Ahead

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Nov. 5, 2020 – Vulcan Materials’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hill – on the heels of the company’s third-quarter report – looked into his crystal ball, and stated, “Going into 2020, we expected shipment growth; however, in March, that trajectory was disrupted by COVID-19 and the resulting shelter-in-place ordinances. Since then, the economic uncertainty and the evolving nature of the pandemic…

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Martin Marietta: Aggregates Deep Dive

Oct. 30, 2020 – Martin Marietta’s third-quarter aggregates shipments to the infrastructure and nonresidential end-use markets declined, while shipments to the residential market increased slightly. Aggregates pricing improved 2.7%, or 4.0% on a mix-adjusted basis. Full-year 2020 pricing is expected to increase 3% to 4%. East Group shipments decreased 8.8%, reflecting weather-delayed projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, anticipated lower infrastructure shipments in portions of North Carolina and…

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