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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AGG1/World of Asphalt Shatters Records with 38% Surge in Attendance

A record number of aggregates and asphalt professionals convened in Nashville for the largest AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo /World of Asphalt in the show’s history. Running March 25-27, the show set new records in both attendance and square footage. More than 15,800 industry professionals took in the three-day event in the Music City, exploring more than 440 exhibitors and…

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Martin Marietta’s Nickolas Named New NSSGA Board Chair

Jim Nickolas, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Martin Marietta, will be the next chair of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). Outgoing Chair Seth Hankowski, All States Materials Group, handed off the gavel during a ceremony at the 2024 NSSGA Annual Convention. A video introducing Nickolas and showcasing the aggregates industry’s critical impact was also…

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Developing the Next Generation

At ARPA, Future Leaders Program Participants 
Learn The Importance Of Community Relations. By Therese Dunphy The Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) is cultivating the next generation of industry leadership through a year-long training program called Future Leaders. It began in 2017 and allows participants to learn skills they need to succeed in the industry and as individuals. “The purpose of…

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Price Management

Rock Products interviews Ksenia Yemelyanova of Price Bee 
About Analytics, The Market, Customers And Price Strategies. By Mark S. Kuhar Price management has become necessary in our industry, especially after the last few years of high inflation. How did you come to specialize in this area and what particular roles have you had that qualify you as an expert in…

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AGG1: The Industry’ Premier Event of 2024

It’s time once again for the aggregates industry’s premier event. Registration is now open for AGG1 Academy & Expo, co-located with the World of Asphalt Show & Conference, running March 25-27, at the Nashville Music City Center in Tennessee. With more than 400 exhibitors and more than 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, the 2024 show is expected to be among…

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Navigating the Future: 2024 Predictions for the Aggregates Industry

By Anoop Kumar The mining and aggregates industries find themselves at a pivotal point in history with major transitions and transformations ahead. This evolution is driven by a confluence of factors, including sustainability goals, the advent of electric vehicles (EVs), and a demand for robust equipment performance and maintenance in the face of increasingly harsh operational conditions. I have been…

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Big Rock Math

EveryPoint Discusses The Business Cases Around Effective Inventory Management And Optimized Pricing In Aggregates. By Barry Hudson and Lisa Tener Each day hundreds of aggregate teams collaborate to ensure the successful production, distribution, sale and delivery of bulk products to customers in the United States and abroad. Inaccurate perpetual inventory data leads to poor decisions and labor-intensive corrective measures which…

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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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Kids Rock!

Capital Aggregates Takes A Strategic Approach To School Partnerships With Its Operations. By Therese Dunphy A Missouri-based company is putting a new spin on its educational outreach program and getting positive feedback from its school partners. The program, Kids Rock, is run by Capital Aggregates, which includes Capital Materials, Capital Quarries and Capital Sand.  The company approaches the program in…

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