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NOV 2018

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46 • ROCK products • November 2018 www.rockproducts.com R ogers Group Inc. is the seventh largest producer of crushed stone in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Headquartered in Nashville, Rogers Group has quarry operations across the Midwest and South- ern states. Rogers Group began using San Antonio-headquartered Fir- matek for annual inventory measurements in 2017, and it has since rolled out an Enterprise Drone Solutions Program in partnership with the company. Firmatek's technology has given Rogers Group a solution to many inventory management problems, thus allowing the company to focus its time and effort in other areas of its oper - ations. The approach to adapting new technology has also improved the company's culture of innovation. Traditional Measurement Prior to working with Firmatek in 2017, Rogers Group man- aged its inventory with annual flyovers in combination with proper belt scale and loadout scale calibrations. While that may have kept them in the ballpark, most day-to-day deci- sions were based off of visual inspections. While this was a valid approach years ago, technology now enables companies like Rogers Group to get accurate inventory numbers on a much more frequent basis. Inventory numbers are critical to being an effective supplier of aggregates, as with all commodities. It is important for those making decisions to have an accurate inventory number on which they can base their decisions. Key decisions like, what products to produce and what the balance of products should be in a market area, are critical to maintaining relationships The Solution is Sky High Rogers Group Embraces Technological Efficiency With Firmatek's Enterprise Drone Solutions. By Mark S. Kuhar Drone Solutions

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