2023 Outlook/Forecast

Aggregates Industry Positioned For Economic Growth, Market Expansion. By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Patterson  The Dodge Construction Network held its 2023 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in the construction industry for more than 80 years. The forecast predicts that total U.S. construction starts will be unchanged in 2023 at $1.08 trillion. When adjusted for inflation total construction starts will…

Read More

Nearly 25,000 Transportation Projects Started in Year-One of Infrastructure Law

States leveraged their fiscal year 2022 federal highway formula funds to jumpstart nearly 25,000 new improvement projects in communities across America during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a review of U.S. Treasury Department data through Aug. 31 shows. “A key takeaway from the Treasury data is that the bipartisan infrastructure law is working in…

Read More

The Quarry & Aggregates (Q&A) Forum

Rock Products Presents The 2022 Quarry And Aggregates (Q&A) Forum: Industry Thought Leaders Open Up About The Infrastructure Bill, Supply Chain Issues, The Outlook For The Next Year, And More.  By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Patterson Each year, Rock Products reaches out to industry thought leaders to get their take on the aggregates industry. In this article, manufacturers comment…

Read More

Dodge Predicts Construction Starts to be Flat in 2023; Highways Up

Dodge Construction Network [www.construction.com] held its 2023 Dodge Construction Outlook on Nov. 15, a mainstay in the construction industry for more than 80 years. The forecast predicts that total U.S. construction starts will be unchanged in 2023 at $1.08 trillion. When adjusted for inflation total construction starts will dip 3%. “As the clouds of uncertainty mount on the fate of the economy…

Read More

Granite Reaps Safety Recognition from NSSGA

Granite announced it has been awarded eight Awards of Excellence from the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) in 2022.  The Awards of Excellence program recognizes “NSSGA member company operations’ achievements in the areas of Community Relations, Environmental, Safety, and Sterling Safety Awards.” Granite secured awards in all four areas, with three Environmental Awards (all bronze), one Safety Award (Bronze),…

Read More

Legislative and Federal Update

An Update Of Recent Legislation And Initiatives Coming Out Of Washington, D.C. Senate Passes Water Resources Development ActThe U.S. Senate passed the 2022 Water Resources Development Act – a bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes –…

Read More

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.…

Read More

Feds Invest More than $74 Million for Critical Minerals Mapping

The Department of the Interior announced that, thanks to a substantial investment from The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more than $74.6 million will be distributed in 30 states to invest in geoscience data collection, mapping, data preservation and scientific interpretation of areas with potential for critical minerals, under the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. …

Read More

OMB Releases ‘Buy America’ Guidance for Infrastructure Projects

On April 18, 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published new guidance related to the implementation of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The BABA provisions, which passed in November 2021, require that any infrastructure projects receiving federal assistance – not only those infrastructure projects funded by the IIJA…

Read More

It’s Time for Real-Time Data

Immediate Information Is Key To Conquering Soaring Costs, Rising Demand And Decreasing Manpower. By Kerry Dougan and Diego Larrea-Puemape The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is pumping unprecedented funding into construction projects across the country. While this is all positive, this will result in materials producers being hit with a historically high volume of demand for materials in the…

Read More
1 2