Rock Products Rocks Demo Days

April 17, 2024 – Komatsu hosted Demo Days, a customer/dealer and media event at its Cartersville, Ga., Customer Center. The event, which I attended, showcased Komatsu’s equipment and solutions for the aggregates and construction industries. I was able to spend a fair amount of time one-on-one discussing the company’s WA500-8 and WA600-8 loaders, Montabert attachments, HM-400-5 articulated hauler, PC490LCI-11 excavator…

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Stop Calling it a Collapse

April 4, 2024 – When the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore fell into the water, national media immediately branded the event a “collapse.” South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace wasted no time in trying to score political points off of the disaster, claiming that there are still old bridges and roads in the U.S. even after the passing of legislation…

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The Shark Man Cometh

March 28, 2024 – I had the honor of introducing the guest speaker at NSSGA’s Young Leaders luncheon at the association’s convention and AGG1. This year’s speaker was Robert “Shark” Garland, a combat veteran fighter pilot of the United States Air Force. He was an F-15 Eagle instructor at the prestigious Air Force Weapons School (the Air Force’s “Top Gun” program)…

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The British Are Coming!

March 7, 2024 – The news was not unexpected, it had been rumored for awhile, 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 long…

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AASHTO Warns Congress on Potential Highway Funding Lapse

March 4, 2024 – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Feb. 26 requesting action to prevent a “potential lapse of critical highway funds” provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA at the end of the current fiscal year. AASHTO said the lapse risk is driven by the unprecedented growth of…

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Heidelberg Looks Ahead

Feb. 23, 2024 – Heidelberg Materials released its latest financial report. Once again, another executive likes what he sees up ahead. “Despite a persistently difficult market environment, we closed the past financial year with a record result,” said Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of Heidelberg Materials. The company stated in the report: “We are optimistic about the…

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The AVP Pulse Index for February

Feb. 20, 2024 – The AVP Pulse Index this month rose 1.2% month-over-month, while increasing 5.6% year-over-year.  The index is up 16.5% over the past 36 months. The proprietary AVP Pulse Index – a joint effort between mergers and acquisition advisors Allen-Villere Partners, and Rock Products – illustrates the health of the industry in one single trend line, using relevant data that…

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Vulcan Looks Up The Road

Feb. 16, 2024 – Vulcan Materials Co. just announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2023, reporting total revenues of $1.83 billion in the fourth quarter versus $1.73 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022; and $7.78 billion for full-year 2023 versus $7.32 billion for full-year 2022 – a dazzling performance indeed. Regarding the company’s outlook, Tom Hill, Vulcan Materials’ chairman and…

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