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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • November 2018 • 35 JEFF LININGER: Business is exceptional right now. We have a very confident and optimistic outlook for the national economy in the next 24 months. Many of our markets are experiencing strong workloads, enough to keep them very busy for the next year. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are also experiencing backlogged projects, as our dealers and customers continue to have strong business climates and an abundance of work. After last year's steady growth, and the challenges that accompanied it, we are much more prepared to handle the larger workload. We have successfully worked through tasks like making requested delivery dates, maintaining the highest levels of quality and filling open positions, as well as training the new employees. We are continuing to improve as a company and we are adjusting to the new, enhanced business climate. Along with internal challenges stemmed from growth, exter- nal challenges, like the newly-implemented steel tariffs, have been another challenge for the group. Along with almost every other manufacturer, we are working hard to mitigate the impact the tariffs have on our customers. With Astec's buying power and our strong relationship with our suppli- ers, KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens are at an advantage, minimizing the effect on our customers. ALEX KANARIS: Since the last presidential election, VDG has experienced an up-tick in our drum motor sales. However, the sales of our drum motors for the aggregate and construction industry have not seen the same increase when compared to other industries. The international market we will focus in the future will be South America. In regard to the NAFTA matter, we have not yet seen an economical production impact due to the imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum as a result of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement. JOHN GARRISON: We began to see demand pick up early in 2017 and now, we're having a record sales year in all sectors of our business. We've seen significant increases in demand for capital equipment, plant upgrades and even turnkey plants. This is a good indication from producers for long- term growth. While the overall market has been doing very well, we cer- tainly pockets where it's booming even more. Frac sand production – for instance – is very strong. In addition, there are states doing a good job supporting infrastructure proj- ects, even without valuable funding needed from our federal government. We work with our client to design and supply performing dewatering systems. #Reliability #LetsRockTogether #DryStack info.diemmefiltration@aqseptence.com www.aqseptence.com DIEMME ® FILTRATION IS MORE THAN A PARTNER

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