A skilled and highly trained workforce is paramount to safely operating quarries that produce the critical materials found in infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, many aggregates producers are unable to hire and retain an adequate workforce from today’s labor market. The aggregates industry takes pride in investing in their employees by providing attractive salaries, competitive benefits, robust training, support and career development. In fact, our industry’s average annual salary is over $75,000, and most employees spend their entire careers in the industry. NSSGA supports policies and funding from the federal government to ensure aggregate producers can access the skilled employees needed to continue producing the building blocks of America. We also encourage Congress and the Administration to continue its bipartisan support for programs that prepare America’s veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers and employment opportunities.