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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 3, 2015

Will Legislators Listen to the Governor? On Tuesday morning I joined lobbyists from the business community and public employee organizations to hear a presentation by Finance Director Bill Newton. Newton began the presentation highlighting the dire financial position of the 2016 budgets. He added the Governor’s 2016 budgets had cut all available fat and the problem could only be solved by raising taxes now. Newton […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 24, 2015

Concrete Industry Legislation Introduced Last week saw the introduction of House Bill 298 and Senate Bill 266. The bills would allow greater flexibility for the ready mix industry by adding an extra hour of drive time a day and ten hours of on the clock time in a week for truck drivers who operate intrastate. (The legislation will allow 12 hours of drive time in […]

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2015 Summer Convention June 4-7

We are excited to host our annual summer convention this year in Biloxi, Miss. at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. As always, we will have some great speakers lined up for the Saturday education session. And we will be having an outdoor cocktail party and reception Saturday night, complete with a spectacular view of the gulf and live entertainment. To make your reservations […]

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Goat Hill Report, Week ending March 13, 2015

The Alabama Legislature had a busy second week to the session, meeting three days during the week. The legislature has now met five of the possible 30 days of the session. Several bills of interest to the concrete industry were introduced last week, but two stand out above the rest. House Bill 268 by Representative Steve Clouse, (R) Ozark would increase the sales tax on […]

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Goat Hill Report, Week ending March 6, 2015

Governor Bentley Proposal $541 Million in Taxes Last week, Gov. Bentley followed up on his talk of the need to break the General Fund Budget shortfall cycle by proposing new taxes in his 2016 budget. The Governor’s budget included $541 million in new taxes and also included un-earmarking $187 million from the Education Trust Fund for a total of over $700 million in new dollars […]

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Charles Bell presented 2015 Chairman’s Award

Charles Bell was presented the 2015 Chairman’s Award at this year’s Annual Business Meeting for his great contribution and leadership he provided during his 51 years of work in the concrete industry. Bell was presented the award by Joe Kelley. Charles Bell’s  biography Charles Bell was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in the 1940’s to a homemaker mother and father who worked as a construction project manager for the […]

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ACIF Scholarships Awarded

For more than 22 years, the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in building science, engineering or architecture at our state’s universities. Since 1993, we have awarded 44 scholarships totaling over $240,000, and since 2006 the foundation has given away two $8,000 scholarships annually. Currently, these awards are the largest construction related scholarships in the state. Katie Sheibley  Katie Sheibley is a […]

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ACIF Continental Pheasant Shoot raises $20,000

The ACIF Continental Pheasant Shoot was held this past November, and raised more than $20,000 for the Foundation. Fourteen companies sponsored teams, with four member companies serving as overall sponsors. A total of 56 shooters participated. The event was held at Extreme Whitetails in Oneonta, AL, and takes place every two years to raise money for the Alabama Concrete Industry’s Foundation.

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ConcreteWorks presents ‘A Day of Concrete Knowledge’

 The Alabama Concrete Industries Association recently hosted “A Day of Concrete Knowledge,” which is an annual program designed to provide valuable education programs on concrete and masonry concrete topics. All architects, engineers, inspectors, contractors and concrete industry personnel who attended received 8 hours of HSW approved education credits. More than 115 attended the courses held in Birmingham and Huntsville, and certificates were issued at the conclusion […]

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Concrete Representatives meet with Governor Bentley

On June 16, representatives from the Alabama Concrete Association, Alabama cement companies, ready mix producers and the Southeast Cement Association met with Governor Robert Bentley. The meeting was held at Brasfield and Gorrie in Birmingham, with its main purpose being the discussion of the increased use of concrete products in Alabama through concrete paving options and the importance of green building to the state, as […]

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ACIA Works with ALDOT to Increase Yardages for Bridgemasters

In June, the Alabama Concrete Association was successful in working with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to increase the yardage a concrete truck featuring a bridgemaster could deliver to an ALDOT project. Under the new regulations, bridgemaster trucks are now able to deliver 8.5 yards instead of the previous 7.5 yards. Based on testing by member companies and ALDOT, 8.5 yards maximized the average truck’s weight […]

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2014 Truck Driver Championship held in April

On a beautiful Saturday in April, some of the state and industry’s best concrete truck drivers gathered at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham to compete in the Alabama Concrete Association’s 2014 Truck Driver Championship, commonly known as the “Truckin’ Rodeo.” The annual event is held each spring, and the drivers are encouraged to bring their family members and friends to cheer them on. The rodeo gives […]

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Concrete Day on the Hill brings a Huge Crowd

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association (ACIA) held its Second Annual ‘Concrete Day on the Hill’ on Thursday, March 6. More than 35 legislators and 40 association members were in attendance, a 40% increase from last year. The event was held at the RSA tower plaza, and began with a presentation by John Sorrell, president of ACIA, on current issues in the legislature affecting the industry. […]

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Membership Survey now available online

Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you please take a few minutes to fill out our 2014 membership survey. All submissions are anonymous, so please be thorough and honest in your responses. We look forward to your feedback! To complete the survey, click here.

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AU Raptor Center gets New Walkway

A collaborative effort between Auburn University and construction professionals will allow visitors to the Southeastern Raptor Center to have better and safer viewing of birds of prey from an environmentally friendly walkway. Students in a Structures III class taught by Michael Hein, a professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science, working with Auburn Facilities Division and private contractors, prepared the site and placed the […]

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ConcreteWorks presents ‘A Day of Concrete Knowledge’

The Alabama Concrete Association’s “A Day of Concrete Knowledge” in Birmingham and Huntsville was a huge success. More than 120 architects and engineers attended, and the program provided valuable education on concrete and masonry concrete topics. All participants received eight hours of HSW approved education credits, and certificates were issued at the end of each course. All proceeds went to either the Alabama Concrete Industries […]

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ACIA participates in “Worlds of Opportunity”

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association recently participated in the Southwest Alabama Workforce Council’s “Worlds of Opportunity,” a hands-on career expo for 8th grade students in the eight counties of Southwest Alabama. The 4th annual event was held September 25-26 at the Mobile Civic Center, and hosted nearly 10,000 students. Its purpose is to expose students to careers available locally and to demonstrate what each career […]

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Hours of Service/30-Minute Rule Removed

Following last Friday’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on the validity of the July 1st federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations changes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has just issued guidance concerning enforcement of the 30-minute break provision as it relates to short-haul drivers. Effective immediately, FMCSA will no longer enforce the 30-minute break provision (49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii)) against any driver that qualifies […]

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New Gun Law now in Effect

On Thursday, August 1, the new gun law went into effect. In a nutshell, it permits individuals to ‘open carry’ a firearm in public places and allows employees to keep guns in their vehicles at work as long as they are locked in the vehicle and out of sight. While there are still some facts that are unclear, AL.com posted “Six Things to Know,” which […]

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Tornado-Safe Rooms featured in Business Alabama

The latest issue of Business Alabama magazine put a spotlight on the concrete industry, featuring the new school regulations requiring tornado-safe rooms. The Alabama Concrete Association was a leader in helping pass this legislation, and association members were present when Gov. Robert Bentley signed House Bill 427 into law thereby requiring all two and four-year institutions of higher learning to include a safe room in […]

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2013 Summer Convention a Success

The Alabama Concrete Association celebrated its 50th anniversary this year at the 2013 Annual Convention at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. A crowd of 75 attendees enjoyed four days of fun and fellowship. The long weekend began on Thursday, June 6, guests enjoyed a welcome reception followed by dinner. For the first time ever, a silent auction and raffle was held to raise money […]

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