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Benchmark 2019 Survey

RR120518 SurveyDec. 5, 2018Rock Products needs your insight! Please take our industry survey. Our 2019 Industry Survey is designed to help us understand the trends and needs of the industry looking forward. With your insight and answers, you're helping us plan our editorial coverage and content. We know your time is valuable, so every completed survey will be entered to win in our drawing for one of five Amazon Gift Cards. We look forward to bringing you the best editorial and smartest industry coverage every month.

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Happy 40th Anniversary

RR112818 PolydeckNov. 29, 2018 – I am blogging live this week from South Carolina, where I met with representatives from Polydeck Corp. to talk turkey, industry issues and the company's 40th anniversary. What began in 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is today a thriving family-owned business with a leading industry image and a unique timeline of growth and revolutionary thinking. Thanks to Dennis Zeiger for being a congenial host.

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Election Thoughts

RR110718 electionsquareNov. 7, 2018 – The prevailing industry opinion in the aftermath of the midterm elections is that this may be a good opportunity to finally move infrastructure to the front of the list as a Washington priority. A Democratic House of Representatives and Republican Senate may find very few things they agree on, but infrastructure is certainly one of them. “An infrastructure bill is something that President Trump and lawmakers seem to agree on, and we will continue to advocate for a serious and sustainable investment in our country’s infrastructure. Fixing the funding mechanics of the Highway Trust Fund and improving our aging roads will allow goods and services to move faster and safer, create jobs and allow people to travel to work more safely. When you do all of that, our economy can grow,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “That is why we encourage all lawmakers to work together, because better infrastructure leads to a better America.” 

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Elevate!

RR103118 ElevateOct. 31, 2018 - I am blogging live this week from Command Alkon’s Elevate Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference features keynote addresses, solutions labs, breakout sessions, industry awards, networking and an expo. Both Rock Products and sister publication Concrete Products are participating in the event. And let me tell you, Austin is a great place for an event like this. #WeElevateTogether.

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Looking Ahead With Caution

RR101618 IntercemOct. 16, 2018 – At the Intercem Americas conference in Miami, Colin Sutherland, president of SC Market Analytics, talked about infrastructure market dynamics that will impact both the cement and aggregates industries. Chief among these are a rising fed funds rate, full employment, super-stimulative fiscal policy, rising minimum wage, rising oil prices and tariff-driven materials price increases. The industries may also be impacted positively by new gas taxes and a non-building sector that could see as much as 18 percent growth.

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