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APR 2018

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8 • ROCK products • April 2018 IN THE KNOW The Georgia Construction Aggregate Association recently held its annual Management Workshop at the Cobb Gal- leria Centre in Atlanta. A record number of more than 600 plant management and industry executives turned out to hear programs built around the themes of safety, education, community rela- tions and sustainability. Hundreds of exhibitors packed the hall of this "mini ConAgg," sharing the latest new products and services at what has become one of the most popular trade shows in the aggregates industry in the country. Management Workshop attendees heard industry and transportation updates from Dan Garcia, president of CW Matthews; Georgia State Sen- ator Brandon Beach, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee; and Georgia Department of Transportation leadership. Optimistic and buoyant for the future, one of the most widely attended sessions was workforce train- ing and retention and how to grow the industry with managers and workers from the Millennial and Z generations. "We were thrilled with the enthusias- tic turnout to our annual Management Workshop. This trade show is one of the rare chances during the year for all of our plant managers and exec- utives in the aggregates industry to come together and reconnect. Coming off a successful 2017, attendees were optimistic about the opportunities for strong growth in the aggregates indus- try in 2018," commented Association Executive Director Jeff Wansley. "This workshop is a way for our members to get the industry, economic and regula- tory information that they need to plan and make the most of the exciting year ahead". FAST FACT A record number of more than 600 plant manage- ment and industry exec- utives turned out to hear programs built around the themes of safety, educa- tion, community relations and sustainability. Georgia Construction Aggregate Association Trade Show Sets Record Aerial intelligence solutions provider Kespry showcased the work of more than 170 aggregates customers at AGG1 in Houston, March 6-8. These organizations, including new Kespry aggregates customers CSA Materials, Stoneco of Michigan (a division of Old- castle) and York Building Products, all use the Kespry industrial drone-based platform to manage stockpile inven- tories, plan mining operations and maximize revenue. To date, Kespry aggregates customers have flown 10,400 worksite missions measuring 223,000 stockpiles across 1.4 million acres. York Building Products operates stone quarries, and sand and gravel operations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, providing high-quality aggregates to the Mid-Atlantic region for more than half a century. To ensure greater control over inventory man- agement and mine planning processes, the company implemented the Kespry aerial intelligence platform so it can frequently and automatically calculate the perimeter and volume of all aggre- gate stockpiles. It also uses Kespry to estimate reserve levels, and to compare volume measurements from stripping and mine reclamation work. "With the Kespry drone, we can fly as often as we want across all of our sites to make sure that our production numbers are right on target," said Jim Gawthrop, vice president, York Build- ing Products. "We no longer have costly surprises. Bottom line, it's about getting the right information – and more infor- mation – just when we need it, instead of waiting for a manned aerial survey." Stoneco is a leading supplier of crushed limestone, sand and gravel in Michi- gan that has been in business for more than 100 years. It serves the Michigan Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Transportation, and commercial organizations, with aggregates materials designed for highways, parking lots, driveways, and other applications. "Stoneco uses the Kespry system monthly at all of our operations for inventory management and it has allowed us to increase our accuracy, Aggregate Producers Tout Use of Kespry Aerial Intelligence

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