Here Comes AggNexus

June 5, 2024 – SEMCO Publishing – parent company of Rock Products, Concrete Products, Cement Products, and North American Mining magazines – is pleased to announce a collaboration with On The Rocks Digital (a Social Media Management and AI company specializing in construction materials) on a new live event: AggNexus. The event will take place Sept. 9-10, 2024, at the Thompson Conference Center…

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Here Comes Smart Pricing

It’s Time For The Aggregates Industry To Unlock The Power Of CPQ 
And Shape A Future Of Efficiency, Profitability And Customer-Centricity. By Barry Hudson, Laura Georgi and Oksana Verbetska In the dynamic world of the aggregates industry, staying ahead of the competition is crucial. To thrive in this challenging landscape, companies must adapt to changing customer demands, streamline their operations,…

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Incline Conveying

Better Belts Yield Big Benefits In Incline Conveying. By Michael Schroeder Due to their very nature, aggregates operations often require conveying on an incline, typically on intricate conveyor systems with multiple belted conveyors running at once and at different heights and speeds. While many may think a conveyor belt is simply just a piece of rubber and fabric, that rubber…

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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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Rock Products Sponsors Young Leaders Award

Rock Products once again showed its support for the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Young Leaders by sponsoring the Mark S. Walsh Award at the group’s annual meeting in San Antonio. This year’s award was presented to Jordan Russell of Belt Tech Industrial. The award was presented by Rock Products Managing Editor Josephine Patterson. This award is given to an aggregates industry member who embodies these…

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VDG Shows Drum Motor at AGG1

At any major aggregates industry trade show, you will likely notice VDG, as its booth typically features one of President Alex Kanaris’s vintage automobiles. But the real reason for visiting the company’s booth is its innovative VDG drum motor, which encloses all moving parts inside the drum, eliminating any externally mounted conveyor drive components. This streamlined design increases space utilization,…

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Mergers That Move Mountains

Six Strategies For Successful M&A In The Competitive Aggregates Market. By Ryan Brown With apologies to Playwright George Bernard Shaw, the single biggest problem with acquiring a company is the illusion that it has taken place. As highlighted in recent Rock Product news, the aggregates industry is currently focused on strategic acquisitions, where producers target assets to complement their existing…

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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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Women in Aggregates Hosts Panel, Mixer at AGG1

On the first day of AGG1, Women in Aggregates (WIA) – formed by SEMCO Publishing, the parent company of Rock Products magazine – sponsored a successful AGG1 Academy session and networking mixer at the Music City Center in Nashville. The interactive “Finding the Next Generation of Women in the Aggregates Industry” panel featured Resa Furey, marketing & business development manager, Global Mining…

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Planting Mustard Seeds

Earlier this year, Jessica Palmer, executive director of the South Carolina Aggregates Association, shared an association LinkedIn post, simply titling it “Mustard Seeds.” The post highlights the importance of engaging the next generation and exposing them to the opportunities that exist in the trades. It noted that “change starts with us, and often times, making the greatest impact is as…

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