Welcome to The Aggregates Almanac

Welcome to the 2022 edition of the “Aggregates Almanac: The Ultimate Information Resource for Quarry Operators.” Published now for the sixth year in a row, feedback from our readers indicates that this publication is widely used and valued; and retained as a go-to information source. Rock Products’ Benchmark 2022 survey indicated that aggregates operators are highly interested in: Equipment upgrades.…

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Refuting the Flawed MSU Silicosis Study

Rock Products to the rescue. A controversial study by a Michigan State University (MSU) research assistant – “Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel and Stone Surface Mine Workers” – that suggests an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state compared to the rate for production…

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Just …. No!

If I had any hair to tear out, this month I would be tearing my hair out while yelling, “Just … No!” First, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that…

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AGG1 Hit It Out of the Park

AGG1 was held March 29-31 in Nashville, and the show hit it out of the park. More than 11,000 aggregates and asphalt-paving professionals filled the sold-out Music City Center exhibition floor. It was good to see everyone in person again. Congratulations to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association for a great convention that preceded the show; and for its…

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Celebrating 125 Years

Rock Products recently achieved an important milestone. We have now been serving the aggregates and cement industries for more than 125 years.  We trace our beginnings to the launch of Cement and Engineering News, which was formed in 1896, and in 1924 merged with Rock Products, which itself had been founded in 1902. I like to think I was handed…

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The End of the Beginning

The year 2021 was truly a momentous one. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was a long-time coming, but it means we are going to see long-overdue improvements to the nation’s roads and bridges, and that is going to require a lot of aggregate. As we enter 2022, producers do so with high anticipation. However, the…

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The IIJA Is An Historic Achievement

Fire up the plant and start putting product on the ground. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), passed Nov. 5, is the most important piece of transportation legislation since the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. Yes, it is big and that consequential. Michele Stanley, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) vice president of government and regulatory…

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