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NOV 2017

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20 • ROCK products • November 2017 Suspended Magnets • Metal Detectors Heavy Duty Feeders Double-Team Dangerous Tramp Metals! Eriez' Suspended Magnets and Metal Detectors remove tramp metals before they reach your valuable crushers and down- stream equipment. Download Catalogs & Product Selection Guides SUSPENDED MAGNET & S USPENDED M AGNET & 1200 SERIES METAL DETECTOR Suspended Magnets • Metal Detectors Heavy Duty Feeders 888-300-3743 • Download Catalogs & Product Selection Guides The Q&A Forum stronger at 9 to 11 percent, which is a positive reflection of single-family housing rebounding. Non-residential, commercial and others segments are also strong, however, less than residential. JOHN GARRISON, SUPERIOR INDUS- TRIES: Business has been very strong this year. Demand for crushed stone has been high and producers have actively upgraded their plants and other capital equipment. At Superior, we've especially seen growth in turnkey operations for our construction management division. Conveyor systems, wash plants and por- table plants have been selling strong. Crusher volumes have been down a bit across the entire market. MATTHEW LEPP, VAN DER GRAAF: Business has been great in 2017. We've seen a solid increase in all aggregate markets as well as several of the other industries we supply. TONY SPAKE, VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT: Business is good overall. The North American equipment market is up slightly, and Volvo has gained a little share, which is a good combina- tion. My segments include quarry and aggregates, industrial minerals and civil construction. In these segments, Volvo volumes are slightly down year-to-date, but some of this is planned as we have moved into smarter and better trans- actions. So, it has been a good tradeoff, and there is decent backlog for the bal- ance of the year. TOM SEUSS, KOMATSU AMERICA: The company recently announced earnings and North American construction sales for the first six months of the fiscal year are up by more than 50 percent year-over-year. Also, North American revenue continues to lead all Komatsu global regions with roughly one-quarter of total revenue coming from this part of the world. How is your business specifi- cally in the aggregates industry? Are producers investing in new equipment this year, or planning for future capital improvements? SPAKE: The aggregates industry is chock full of older equipment that is costing owners a lot in repair costs, so we're seeing numerous ways our customers are interested in replacing their fleet. Thankfully, many of the global markets are rebounding; the industry is still highly competitive, but I would say less desperate than the past couple of years. There is an interesting dichotomy right now with financial products like leases, which have been incredibly popular over the past couple of years as an easier way to freshen fleets. However, changes in global reporting standards could curb some of this appeal in the very near future. ROSS: The aggregates industry has always been the backbone of our busi- ness and we don't see a slowdown in investment in drones to support inven- tory management, mine planning and operations management. In fact, as we enter the winter we are seeing an increase in investment in equipment that will be deployed to support oper- ations in the spring of 2018. Evan Clarke, The Wirtgen Group/Kleemann

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