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Pit & Quarry Weekly Report
DECEMBER 29, 2020
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The coronavirus takes center stage
Pit & Quarry’s editors covered COVID-19 in its earliest weeks, establishing a landing page in March where all COVID-19-related content was housed. By early summer, the framework of our coverage shifted away from the virus and to the aggregate industry’s recovery. The shift saw P&Q reintroduce its Road to Recovery series this summer. The magazine’s Road to Recovery coverage continues on a dedicated page of our website.
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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 goes on, albeit under strange circumstances
With high drama leading up to this year’s big trade show, ConExpo-Con/Agg was largely a success despite health concerns that ultimately kept the nation’s largest aggregate producers away. Most of those who attended, however, felt good about their show experience.
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Pennsylvania’s quarries, ordered to close, ultimately remain open
What a year 2020 was for Pennsylvania’s aggregate producers. The industry’s most unsettling 2020 moment in Pennsylvania arguably came back in March, when quarries were ordered to close. The industry in the Keystone State fought successfully to keep businesses open, but the early-year development undoubtedly put a scare into those with a stake in crushed stone, sand and gravel businesses.
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Capex takes a turn in a wild year
Aggregate producers entered 2020 with various plans for capex projects, but the economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic forced a number of producers to put their spending on hold. In this midyear article, equipment manufacturers and dealers weighed in on the capex trends they saw within the industry.
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Rogers Group’s Matson takes the torch as NSSGA chairman
When interviewed early this year, Rogers Group's Darin Matson was optimistic about the prospect of getting critical work done in Washington as he looked to the months ahead at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Looking back on the interview now provides a bit of an illustration of where the industry was headed in a world not yet dominated by the pandemic.
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Virginia-based Luck Stone settling into Georgia
Back in February, P&Q’s Kevin Yanik sat down with Charlie Luck, president and CEO of Luck Companies, at the Georgia Construction Aggregate Association’s Management Workshop & Expo. While family-owned Luck Companies has the largest quarry network in the state of Virginia, Luck explained at the expo why his company had targeted Georgia as an opportunity for growth.
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Breaking down the changing commercial construction market
Dodge Data & Analytics sees some growth ahead for commercial construction, forecasting 5 percent growth for these construction starts in 2021. Dodge Data is pinning much of the growth on warehouses and logistics infrastructure, but chief economist Richard Branch says there may also be surprising opportunities ahead in office and retail construction.
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2020 reflection: Are MSHA rules on silica, powered haulage coming soon?  
Photo: P&Q StaffRoad to Recovery
Check out Pit & Quarry's special series dedicated to helping producers navigate the economic downturn.
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Superior expands its modular overland conveyor offering
With the debut of the EXT Series, Superior Industries’ modular conveyor product line gets larger. Find out what Superior has to say about its latest development.
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2020 reflection: P&Q’s live coverage of
ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020
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Demolition industry continues to break down barriers
The National Demolition Association offers Pit & Quarry’s sister publication an exclusive look at how the industry persisted through challenges in 2020, and what to expect in 2021.
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2020 reflection: How the industry adjusted in 2020
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How Nels Ostero keeps aggregate all in the family
A family-oriented, third-generation Canadian quarry operation keeps its commitment to quality through changing seasons.
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How Colorado’s aggregate producers are faring these days
In this P&Q exclusive, Todd Ohlheiser, executive director of the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, discusses the state of the aggregate industry in the Centennial State.
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10 tips to maximize the life of an articulated dump truck
When considering their next articulated dump truck purchase, producers must ensure they have the proper size planned and that it correctly matches the machine loading it.
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