December 15, 2017
Aggregates Industry Outlook Index
The December Aggregates Industry Index surged to an overall score of 133.44, a 9.87-percent increase from November. Gains for the month nearly offset decreases reported over the previous three months. Good weather at the end of the year helped some operators extend their season. While the commercial market continues to perform well, infrastructure investments vary from state to state. Operators are increasingly calling on the federal government to take action on a long-term program.
While the commercial market seems stable, the lack of action on the Highway Trust Fund and state funding is concerning.
—Bill Schmitz, Vice President, Quality Control and Sales, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc.
May we all count our blessings and spend time with our loved ones as we reflect back on the year and plan for next year.
—Daryl Zeiner, Sales Manager, The H&K Group
For New England-area aggregate businesses, the greatest impact on sales during the last quarter of any year is the weather. This year’s warm and dry conditions through the fall and into December provided optimal conditions to extend aggregate and asphalt production for a longer period that usual, thus increasing sales. Now, we are hoping for snow (pennies from heaven) for the first quarter of 2018!
— Karen Hubacz-Kiley, Chief Operating Officer, Bond Construction Corp.
California kicked off the holiday season with a gas tax increase due to the Road Repair and Accountability Act passed earlier in 2017. The Sacramento area is expected to benefit from significant repair and resurfacing projects, primarily on US-50 and I-5 in 2018.
— Deric Harrington, Production Superintendent, Specialty Granules, LLC
Working with frac sand customers in Texas and the Midwest, all are very positive and selling sand before they get to them. From my small seat…we are renting, selling, and recommending machines and machine fleets to this industry segment more than we have in the past five years.
— Jason Hurdis, Senior Market Professional, Caterpillar