ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 975 of the nearly 1,500 producer member plants entered into the 2019 Excellence in Safety Awards Program. The record number of plants spans Gold (918 recipients), Silver (five) and Bronze (52) categories defined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incident rate (IR) thresholds.

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ORGANIZATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association’s Emerging Leaders Academy has assembled and delivered new bicycles for near 100 Fort Worth children. Launched in 2016, the Emerging Leaders Academy is a rigorous three-year program designed as a platform for personal and professional development for members of the aggregate, concrete and cement industries. It provides engaging coursework dedicated to developing leadership skills and offers accredited industry leader certification.

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Road Builders chief frames user fee case in wake of California gas tax vote

Sources: American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Negative election day response to a proposed roll back of a 2017 California Senate measure increasing state gasoline taxes by 12 cents/gallon elicited a strong defense of user fee-based funding models from ARTBA Acting President & CEO William Toohey, Jr.: “By soundly rejecting Proposition 6 and re-electing 95 percent of the state legislators who voted in 2017 to increase the state gas tax to fund needed transportation improvements, California voters showed the public continues to support a user funded approach to infrastructure investment. That’s a message the Trump administration and new Congress should heed as they consider a bipartisan infrastructure package and permanent revenue solution for Highway Trust Fund programs next year.”

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Trump infrastructure plan: Spur investment, cut permitting, improve training

Sources: National Stone Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

President Donald Trump’s formal infrastructure proposal hinges on four basic principals: stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending through a 10-year, $200-billion federal commitment; shorten project permitting windows; invest in rural transportation, environmental and related public works; and, improve training to attract qualified workers to the trades.

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Industry scorecard measures aggregates’ economic, employment multipliers

Sources: National Stone Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

NSSGA is spotlighting a recent Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Industry Scorecard series study concluding that each aggregates site position supports nearly five other jobs beyond the gate, while annual stone, sand & gravel sales are compounded almost fivefold when measured throughout the economy.

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ORGANIZATIONS – APRIL 2017

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The National Concrete Masonry Association will stage the International Concrete Exposition Machinery & Equipment Show (ICON Expo) February 9-10, 2018, in Indianapolis, billing it as the only machinery and equipment venue completely dedicated to the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry.

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Trump campaign manager captivates NRMCA-NSSGA session attendees

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Source: CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who spearheaded much of the first year of Donald Trump’s 17-month White House campaign, stressed the new administration’s commitment to economic growth and job creation during a keynote address to a joint National Ready Mixed Concrete Association–National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association session in Las Vegas. 

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Early Trump campaign chief to keynote joint NRMCA, NSSGA session

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who served as manager for much of Donald Trump’s White House run, will address the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association on March 5 at Las Vegas’ Wynn Encore Hotel, where both groups’ annual conventions will lead into ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.

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