Hundreds of NSSGA Legislative & Policy Forum attendees asked their senators and representatives to support infrastructure funding, reduce delays for permits and reform overly burdensome regulations. The event brought the aggregates industry together in Washington, D.C., to advocate for better infrastructure.
Members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chair Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., briefed NSSGA members on key infrastructure policy issues. They also discussed solutions to address the enormous need for infrastructure and how the caucus is working to bring them to reality.
“There’s no bigger problem to solve than America’s infrastructure, it’s failure and it’s need for investment,” said Reed.
“It’s important for your employees to hear from you about the issues that are important to the business and to the industry. They trust you, as their employers and as their companies, more than anyone else,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson.
Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., also discussed trade and how it’s relevant to infrastructure.
Celebrating Safety at Operations
NSSGA presented the 2018 Safety Excellence and Sterling Safety Awards during Wednesday’s general session.
NSSGA’s Sterling Safety Awards were created in 1994 to recognize the companies that have the lowest total injury incidence rate for the previous year in their category. Awards were given to DeSiato Sand & Gravel Corporation of Mansfield, Conn., for the small size category and Martin Stone Quarries, Inc. of Bechtelsville, Pa., for the medium size category. Vulcan Materials Company, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., earned the award for the large company category.
NSSGA’s Safety Excellence Awards were created in 1987 to promote safe working conditions and annually recognize individual operations with exemplary safety records that have gone the longest duration without a reportable injury in their size category.
This year, Helotes Quarry, a Martin Marietta operation in San Antonio, earned the top award for the small producer category and Benson Quarry, a Martin Marietta quarry in Greensboro, N.C., earned the award for the medium category. Corona Stone, a Vulcan Materials Company operation in Glendale, Calif., took home the award for the large producer category.