Small Aggregates Producers compose the majority of NSSGA membership and are the lifeblood of the association’s work to grow and safeguard the aggregates industry. Although NSSGA’s programs are not segmented by the size of a member company, on this page we attempt to provide information that we believe will be especially helpful to small producers, particularly in the areas of workplace safety and health, management of environmental issues, and grassroots action.
NSSGA encourages small producers to review and use these resources. Additionally, it is important to note that, in NSSGA’s work to fend off excessive regulation, it is the voice of small producers that captures the attention of regulators or elected officials. We want our small producers to be fully engaged in NSSGA’s work to safeguard their operations and this page is intended to assist in this effort.
Small producer members of NSSGA are highly engaged and have testified before the House Small Business Committee and other congressional committees on issues important to small producers such as infrastructure funding and regulatory reform.
Training and Compliance Assistance
For information on NSSGA products and programs that can help operators boost safety and health performance by visiting the Training and Compliance Assistance Page.
MSHA Resources for Small Producers
Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS)
EFSMS provides assistance in the development or improvement of the health and safety programs of mine operators and contractors in the mining community. The EFSMS specializes in developing programs tailored to reduce the number of injuries and illness’ in the mining industry. Additionally, the EFSMS group evaluates industry instructors to ensure miners receive quality and effective training.
EFSMS staff are located in 35 states and travel extensively to mines and training centers to provide assistance that will strengthen and modernize training.
For more information visit this MSHA web page outlining compliance assistance for small producers.
The Small Business Administration offers regulatory and other assistance to small producers.
We want to make grassroots activism simpler, easier and more effective for you!
Our goal is to educate and influence policymakers on issues of importance to the aggregates industry through both broad-based and micro-targeted campaigns.
Grassroots Company Captains
In order to accomplish this, we want to have at least one individual from every NSSGA member company to serve as the point of contact between NSSGA and the member company on grassroots advocacy matters. This person will be designated a “Grassroots Company Captain” and ensure that NSSGA calls to action and grassroots campaigns are pushed throughout their companies, as well as provide feedback to NSSGA on the responses to their contacts.
Whether you choose to take on this responsibility yourself or delegate it to another leader within your company, it is crucial that we have this network in place as momentum picks up this year on a highway reauthorization bill.
It is vital in Washington’s fast-paced political atmosphere that we have a strong Key Contacts program. The ability to activate NSSGA members on a moment’s notice who can contact and influence strategically important members of the House and Senate is crucial.
We continue to identify NSSGA members willing to serve as key contacts for every member of the House and Senate leadership; the entire Senate EPW Committee and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committee leaders and other congressional committee leaders.
All it takes is the willingness to renew existing or establish new relationships with those serving in Congress. Ultimately, we must grow to have at least one person responsible for each of the 535 members of Congress!
If there are any House members or senators for whom you would be willing to serve as a Key Contact, please let us know.
Recognizing Outstanding Achievements
NSSGA’s grassroots recognition program was designed to build member participation in the industry’s grassroots advocacy efforts. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of congressional contacts and grassroots activity being reported, which in turn helps NSSGA professional staff in their lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry. Since 2012, we have presented awards for:
- Grasstops CEO of the Year
- Grassroots Coordinator of the Year
- Grassroots Advocate of the Year
You could be recognized as one of the outstanding individuals in the aggregates industry for your grasstops and grassroots efforts. Check out our advocacy activity chart for ideas on how you can participate at the grassroots level and points awarded for each activity.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to serve as a Grassroots Company Captain and/or a Key Contact, please contact NSSGA Government Affairs Division at (703) 525-8788.
With your help, we can continue to keep NSSGA’s grassroots program among the very best of the best by growing the number of aggregates activists, heightening the enthusiasm and involvement of NSSGA members in the political process, and enhancing the ability to educate and influence policymakers through rapid communications. Together, we can achieve great things for our industry!
GRASSTOPS / GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY ACTIVITY
POINT VALUE MATRIX
|Brief and bring other supportive parties outside the construction industries (Chamber of Commerce, small businesses, etc.) to a meeting with a member of Congress. The composition of such parties will be a “changing voice” dependent upon the specific issue being addressed||12 points|
|Attend a 1-on-1 meeting with a member of Congress or staff (either in the D.C. or local office)||member10 pointsstaff7 points|
|Host member of Congress / candidate at an in-district facility||7 points|
|Attend Washington, D.C. Fly-In||5 points|
|Host aggregates industry grassroots strategy implementation meeting in support of NSSGA’s position||5 points|
|Attend aggregates industry grassroots strategy implementation meeting in support of NSSGA’s position||3 points|
|Respond to Action Alert||2 points|
|Provide feedback to NSSGA on grassroots contacts||2 points|