Rock Products + Young Leaders

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recently convened its 2024 Annual Young Leaders Meeting in San Antonio. The event was attended by Rock Products’ prevailing Young Leader, Managing Editor Josephine Patterson. Along with keynotes from industry leaders, the meeting included educational breakout sessions on various topics, such as environmental permitting and drone utilization. The general session featured discussions…

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Merger Mania

Last month I noted the significance of Breedon’s foray into the North American aggregates market with its acquisition of BMC Enterprises. You can read my interview with Breedon executive Andy Arnold in this issue for a little inside information on that deal. But mergers and acquisitions activity in the aggregates industry is far from over. Here are some recent deals.…

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A Breedon Apart

The news was not totally unexpected, it had been rumored for a while, but it just got real real: Breedon has entered the U.S. construction materials market. Breedon Group plc, in case you are not aware, is a leading vertically integrated construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland. Breedon holds “1 billion tonnes of mineral reserves and resources with…

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The Record-Breaking Aggregates Industry

The publicly traded companies are out with their full-year 2023 financial reports and by all accounts it was a record-breaking year. The list goes on. While vibrant market conditions continue to drive performance for aggregates operations, there is no discounting the impact of the healthy price increases that companies are also reporting. Rock Products’ pricing guru, Barry Hudson of Price…

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Mineral Commodities Update

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports U.S. mine and plant production data for 16 selected mineral commodities that are provided on a monthly (or quarterly) basis to the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (FRS), for use in preparing its index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates. In the aggregates industry we of course…

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Welcome to 2024

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2024. I hope this is a banner year for all of us and we see much success up ahead in the aggregates industry. Public highway, pavement and street construction is expected to grow by double digits for the second consecutive year, increasing 16% to $126 billion in 2024 from $108.6 billion in 2023, according…

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The Year in Review

As the Grateful Dead sang, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” 2023 has been a year of surprises, excitement, progress and unexpected developments. Going into the first part of the year, I would have bet my last two-dollar bill we would see increased aggregates production in 2023. While the final numbers are not in, it is pretty apparent final…

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A Look to the Horizon

In keeping with global efforts to address the adverse impact of climate change, the Buy Clean, Carbon Neutrality, LEED v4 and Net Zero movements have evolved with dizzying speed. This is a good place to note that Rock Products’ web portal “Construction Materials Carbon Management,” has become a go-to resource for information about these fast-growing efforts. While the cement industry…

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Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?

Tracking aggregates production in the United States is no small feat, so kudos to U.S. Geological Survey Commodity Specialist Jason Willett, who diligently compiles that data quarterly for all of us to peruse. Data for the second quarter and first half of the year is now available. An estimated 662 million metric tons of total construction aggregates was produced and…

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