Is the Sky Falling?
“We need to act with the urgency this moment demands,” he noted.
If such a package is signed shortly after Obama takes his oath of office, the results of the 2009-10 Aggregates Manager Forecast Survey may be markedly different from those in this year’s report.
The respondent pool
This year’s respondents were tipped toward smaller producers: 38 percent had annual production of less than 500,000 tons, while 23 percent produced 500,001 to 1 million tons, and 22 percent produced 1.1 million to 3 million tons. A combined 18 percent produced more than 3 million tons per year. Approximately 45 percent of respondents described themselves as owners, presidents, or officers. Another 23 percent had executive titles while 10 percent each described themselves as production managers or mine managers.
Methodology, Objectives, and Sources
The objective of the 2008-09 Aggregates Manager Forecast Survey was to determine business, production volume, spending, and workforce trends. In September 2008, Aggregates Manager mailed questionnaires to a randomly selected sample of 1,500 readers in the crushed stone and sand and gravel, crushed stone-only, and crushed gravel-only industries. A total of 398 useable surveys were returned for an overall response rate of 27 percent. The questionnaire contained $1 as an incentive.
The average annual production of the respondent’s primary product is 1.78 million tons per year, and 68 percent said they are either an owner/president/officer or an executive.
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