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Listen-in to Pit & Quarry magazine’s new bi-weekly podcast series. Our hosts, editors Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski break down the latest print issue, provide industry updates and give you a behind-the scenes look into the people, operations and news affecting our aggregate world. You’ll hear exclusive in-studio and remote interviews from a wide range of industry influencers.

For 107 years, Pit & Quarry magazine has been the premier monthly U.S. and Canadian aggregate processing information source. Through multiple platforms, we deliver the very latest in equipment and technology news and information that is critical for safely achieving the highest level of efficiency and profitability. Editors Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski cover the market in print, online and through e-newsletters. As respected industry insiders, they moderate the annual Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference and speak at various industry conferences and meetings. 

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On this episode of "Drilling Deeper," P&Q’s Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski are joined by several guests. First, hear from Ben Black and Randy Kunz of Geologic as they discuss mine permitting, how they are utilizing the latest technology for their business and the current perception of the aggregate industry.Xylem’s Ken Albaugh also joins the show this episode, touching topics such as smart technology and the role AI is currently playing in the industry. Additionally, Albaugh addresses why ...
On the latest episode of “Drilling Deeper,” Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski bring you a trio of interviews from companies based out of the Midwest. First, hear from Chris Williams and Jamie Jones of Capital Aggregates (Jefferson City, Missouri) as they discuss what is driving construction materials demand in their region. The duo also hits on the latest equipment and technology trends, and what they as a company are doing to change the narrative around the local quarry.Then, Yanik is joine...
P&Q presents brand-new industry interviews on the latest episode of “Drilling Deeper.” Matt Dibble of Dibble Equipment sits down with P&Q’s Kevin Yanik to talk about the state of the aggregate industry, what’s driving construction materials demand, and how more people can be attracted to the industry. Additionally, you’ll hear from Clement Cazalot and Donny Barnas of Machinery Partner. They join P&Q’s Jack Kopanski to discuss industry trends like consolidation, recycling and ...
The latest episode of "Drilling Deeper" features interviews with two of the newest members of the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame. P&Q's Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski sat down in Nashville ahead of AGG1 with Summit Materials founder Tom Hill and Neil Hise, the former owner and president of Cemco.Hill and Hise both shared stories from their many years in the aggregate industry, reflecting on their induction into the Hall of Fame. Check out the latest episode of "Drilling Deeper" now.Thank yo...
Join Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski as they unpack their thoughts and reactions from AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Kevin and Jack were joined by a variety of AGG1 attendees and exhibitors at the Pit & Quarry booth. In this episode, you'll hear from these aggregate industry members and what they thought of AGG1:• Rich Evangelista (Bunting Magnetics): 11:48-14:03• Michael Hoagland (Command Alkon): 15:03-15:44• Jamie Jones a...
On the latest episode of Drilling Deeper, Kevin and Jack provide insights into this year's AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo. Neil Schmidgall, the founder of Superior Industries who was enshrined into the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame in 2015, joins the show to discuss the Hall, AGG1 2024 and much more.Later in the show, Kevin and Jack discuss the differences between AGG1 and ConExpo-Con/Agg – plus the way each show is evolving. You won't want to miss this jam-packed episode of Drillin...
In the latest episode of Drilling Deeper, Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski look ahead to the 2024 Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place March 24 in Nashville. The two P&Q editors also break down the history of the Hall of Fame while providing insights into this year's class. Listen as Kevin and Jack discuss the impact Tom Hill (Summit Materials), Neil Hise (Cemco), Louis Johnson (El-Jay Manufacturing) and Charlie Luck IV (Luck Stone) had on the aggregate industr...
Pit & Quarry's Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski are back in Cleveland following the 2024 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference to unpack their final thoughts for an episode of "Drilling Deeper."Additionally, John Scepaniak of Wm. D. Scepaniak joined Kevin to discuss how the company fared in 2023, its approach to the workforce, what the company has seen in private construction of late and how it is handling inflation and pricing changes. That conversation begins at 20:43. Find out what...
Pit & Quarry's Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski sat down at PGA National Resort immediately following the 2024 Pit & Quarry Roundtable & Conference to unpack their initial thoughts for an episode of "Drilling Deeper." Additionally, Thomas Haun with Turner Mining Group joined Kevin to discuss his experience over the years at the Roundtable, technology, and business and people management. Find out what Kevin, Jack and Thomas had to say and be on the lookout for part 2 of Pit & Quar...
In the latest episode of “Drilling Deeper,” Pit & Quarry’s Kevin Yanik and Jack Kopanski take a deep dive on safety and health as it relates to the aggregate industry. Kevin and Jack detail how safety evolved in recent decades as value No. 1 for producers, discussing the tremendous gains made in pits and quarries and where industry leaders are focused today. Additionally, the P&Q editors dig into the Mine Safety & Health Administration’s final rule on mobile equipment, with Kevin ...
Kevin and Jack discuss several trends that emerged or grew in 2023 and how they might carry over into 2024. Specifically, hear the impact that digitalization, sustainability and automation could have this year. Check out episode 6 now!For 107 years, Pit & Quarry magazine has been the premier monthly aggregate processing information source. Through multiple platforms, we deliver the very latest in equipment and technology news and information that is critical for safely achieving the highe...
Happy New Year, Drilling Deeper listeners! In the first episode of 2024, Kevin Yanik hosts a solo episode in which he looks back at developments that drove 2023’s performance including production totals, pricing, construction starts, the supply chain and more. Additionally, Kevin shares his insight on how he expects factors such as digitalization, electrification and autonomy to play out in the aggregate industry in the coming year. Check out the latest episode of Drilling Deeper now!For 107 ...
On the final 2023 episode of Drilling Deeper, Kevin and Jack look back on their fourth-quarter travels and what’s ahead in the first quarter of 2024. Additionally, the two discuss the developments that emerged as their aggregate industry stories of the year for 2023.There is so much more to hear on this episode of Drilling Deeper. Give it a listen now!For 107 years, Pit & Quarry magazine has been the premier monthly aggregate processing information source. Through multiple platforms, we d...
In this episode of Drilling Deeper, Kevin and Jack recap their experience at the inaugural Dirt World Summit, hosted by Build Witt. Hear about key talking points from the summit including workforce retention and attraction, leadership, employee mental health and more.Also, Jack shares his takeaways from a recent conversation with Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America. Find out what Simonson expects from the coming year when it comes to interest rates...
In this episode of Drilling Deeper, Kevin and Jack talk about how the supply chain has changed over the last several years. They discuss what producers, manufacturers and dealers are doing to right-size the supply chain, as well as how equipment is moving – or not moving – in different sections of the industry.Also, Kevin shares insights from his recent visit with two longtime producers Brian Pfohl (The Sunrock Group) and Steve Zelnak (formerly with Martin Marietta). The industry veterans ref...
In this first episode of Pit & Quarry's new podcast, Drilling Deeper, editor-in-chief Kevin Yanik and managing editor Jack Kopanski introduce themselves and lay the groundwork for what their podcast will touch on. Hear how Kevin and Jack got their starts at Pit & Quarry, about their experiences with the magazine and what they hope listeners will take away from Drilling Deeper. Whether you're a lifelong reader of Pit & Quarry or checking us out for the first time, Drilling Deeper...
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