October 11, 2017
AggMan understands that the aggregates business is made up of local businesses throughout the nation. As such, we are focused on providing insights into these local markets, as well as national markets, in print and online.
We contacted Robert G. Jones, executive director of the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association (IMAA), who was kind enough to give us his thoughts about what’s happening with the aggregates industry in the state of Indiana.
1) How would you characterize the state of the aggregates market in Indiana?
Jones: The aggregate industry in Indiana is doing quite well. We have seen an uptick these past few years. There is great optimism.
2) How is Indiana addressing transportation funding?
Jones: The Indiana legislature passed significant new funding for infrastructure (HB 1002) in our most recent session.
3) What are the big opportunities for producers in Indiana (DOT projects, commercial construction, etc.)?
Jones: Road construction to include bridges, new lanes, congestion relief, etc., are all a part of the Next Level Roads program.
4) What are the big obstacles for producers in Indiana (legislation, neighborhood groups, etc.)?
Jones: Some areas of Indiana will continue to see anti-mining activity but, for the most part, permitting is reasonable. Probably the biggest long term problem is a steady supply of good candidates for the workforce.
5) What would you like your peers to know about aggregates production in Indiana?
Jones: Indiana producers have ample capacity to meet demands. They are aggressive but responsible producers that have been around for a long time and are only held back by manpower issues.