100 Years of the Mellott Company

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

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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Summit Aggregates Segment Hangs Tough

Oct. 28, 2020 – Summit Materials reported that net revenue increased $38.5 million to $1,562.9 million in the nine months ended Sept. 26, primarily resulting from organic growth in aggregates and ready-mix concrete. Aggregates sales volumes increased 3.1% in the third quarter 2020 when compared to the prior-year period on higher volumes in Texas, partially offset by lower volumes in Missouri, Kentucky and British Columbia. Average…

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Carmeuse Cultivates Community

Oct. 27, 2020 – Community projects can help aggregates and other nonmetallic minerals operations create a bond with the local community. For example, Carmeuse’s Beachville, Ontario, Canada, operation, in conjunction with the Beachville Museum and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, showcased a new community project: the “Limestone Valley Trail.” Built on old reclaimed mine property just north of the Thames River,…

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