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ConcreteWorks presents ‘A Day of Concrete Knowledge’

The Alabama Concrete Association’s “A Day of Concrete Knowledge” in Huntsville and Birmingham was a huge success. More than 120 architects and engineers attended the events on Sept. 7th and 8th, 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 […]

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ALDOT allows Site Gauges for Water Addition beginning September 1

Effective September  1, 2016 ALDOT is changing their procedure for the addition of water into the back of the ready mix truck. Ready mix producers will now be able to add water through the use of the sight gauge or by the previously approved inline water meter. Producers will no longer be able to add water to the drum through calibrated five- gallon buckets. The […]

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2016 Butch Wyatt Concrete Cup

The 6th Annual Butch Wyatt Concrete Cup is scheduled for Monday, October 24th, 2016 at Inverness Country Club. Members are asked to submit two-man teams below which will be paired with two architects or engineers by the association. There is no limit on the number of teams a member company may submit for play in the tournament. The event will be played as a 4 person […]

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Update to Alabama Department of Agriculture Scale Certification

State law requires any scale used in the production and selling of materials or goods to the public be certified by the Department of Agriculture on an annual basis. Scales used to weigh aggregate, cement, and water at ready mix plants fall under this requirement. Recently, the concrete industry requested that the Department of Agriculture establish protocols for scale companies to follow when certifying ready […]

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Parking Lot Design Seminar held in July

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Alabama Concrete Industries Association hosted its annual Parking Lot Design seminar at Sain Associates in Birmingham. The workshop had more than 30 attendees and provided 2 CEU/PDH credit hours. Amanda Hult, P.E., NRMCA was the guest speaker. She joined NRMCA in July 2011 and recently moved back to the South after spending the last 5 years in Denver. Amanda provides technical expertise […]

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ACIA awards 2016 Top Block to Nequette Architecture & Design

The ACIA would like to congratulate Nequette Architecture & Design for being awarded the 2016 Top Block Award. The firm was recognized for the use of concrete in its winning design of Hoover Fire Station No. 10. The Top Block Award was presented during the AIA’s Annual Convention in Perdido Key. More than 100 architects were in attendance for event.      

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Trendlines Monthly Statewide Construction Data

The ACIA’s monthly economic data report called Trendlines provides members with the latest cement and ready mix consumption for the state, as well as housing permits issued for the 25 largest homebuilder association chapters. The report also provides historical production trends, and data included in the report will be based upon USGS cement shipments and utilizes a conversion factor to estimate ready mix production. The full […]

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Summer Convention held in June

More than 290 people attended this year’s tri-state summer convention held at the Sandestin Beach Hilton. Joining us this year were the Tennessee and Mississippi Concrete Associations. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail welcome reception and dinner on Thursday evening with Dale Henry as a special guest speaker. The ‘dog fight’ for golfers at the Raven golf course and beach party (complete with a huge waterside) for […]

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Association Members join Gov. Bentley for signing of HB88

On Tuesday, June 14th, several members of the Alabama Concrete Industries Association joined Gov. Robert Bentley for the signing of House Bill 88, which allows a four-axle ready mix truck to weigh 82,500 regardless of individual axle weight. This bill was ACIA’s top priority for the 2016 Legislative Session. We would like to thank Representative Barry Moore who carried the bill in the House and Senator […]

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Trendlines Monthly Data Report

The ACIA’s monthly economic data report called Trendlines provides members with the latest cement and ready mix consumption for the state, as well as housing permits issued for the 25 largest homebuilder association chapters. The report also provides historical production trends, and data included in the report will be based upon USGS cement shipments and utilizes a conversion factor to estimate ready mix production. The […]

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Trendlines- Monthly Data Report

The ACIA has developed a monthly economic data report called Trendlines, which will provide members with the latest cement and ready mix consumption for the state as well as housing permits issued for the 25 largest homebuilder association chapters. The report will also provide historical production trends, and data included in the report will be based upon USGS cement shipments and utilizes a conversion factor to […]

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Obama Administration Releases New Overtime Rules

Yesterday, the Obama administration released its final rule on overtime payments, more than doubling the minimum salary threshold for the federal overtime requirement exemption (commonly referred to as the “white collar” exemption). In order for salaried management, administrative, and professional employees to be exempt from receiving overtime pay when they put in more than 40 hours a week, they must make more than $47,476 in […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 29, 2016

Legislature Down to Two Days The Alabama legislature is expected to meet Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This will be the last two days for the legislative session of 2016. While the clock has nearly run out, two hot button issues are still awaiting final passage before the end of the session. The first, Senate Bill 287 by Trip Pittman would allow the state […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 22, 2016

Increased Concrete Truck Weight Bill on Governor’s Desk The association’s top priority for the session, HB 88 which will allow a four axle ready mix truck to weigh 82,500 regardless of individual axle weight is on the Governor’s desk. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation tomorrow. We would like to thank Representative Barry Moore who carried the bill in the House and Senator […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 15, 2016

Road and Bridge Fund Accountability Bill on Governor’s Desk A proposed increase in gasoline taxes (HB394) hasn’t yet received approval, but the bill that will make sure new revenue coming in for roads and bridges gets spent on the state’s transportation infrastructure is on the Governor’s desk. The House on Tuesday amended and approved SB180 by Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and the Senate concurred with […]

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Thompson Tractor hosts 2016 Truck Driver Championship

On Saturday, April 2nd, Thompson Tractor Company hosted ACIA’s  annual Truck Driver Championship, otherwise known as the “Truck Rodeo.” Although the morning was brisk, the sunny skies made for a beautiful day and the event was enjoyed by more than 200 people, including 42 drivers (a new record), their family members and many volunteers. Attendees enjoyed Chic Fil A biscuits and a delicious barbecue lunch following […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 8, 2016

Legislature Overrides Governor’s General Fund Veto; Medicaid Weighs Cuts A $1.85 billion general operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year is now law without the governor’s signature and without $85 million of the money Alabama’s Medicaid Agency says it needs to operate. Act No. 2016-116 became law at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday after both chambers of the Alabama Legislature overrode the governor’s veto of the General […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 18, 2016

Concrete Truck Weight House Bill Clears Senate Committee The association’s top legislative priority for 2016, House Bill 88 by Representative Barry Moore cleared the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee Thursday am with a vote of 10 – 0. The legislation now moves to the full Senate for final approval. Your assistance is needed. Please email your Senator using the information below and ask that they […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 11, 2016

General Fund Budget in Limbo over Medicaid As the Alabama Legislature approaches the midpoint of its 2016 session, funding for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, which pays for medical and long-term care services for more than 20 percent of Alabama’s population, has become the primary topic of conversation. The House left town early Thursday, because some wanted to talk about rewriting the General Fund budget and […]

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Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 12, 2016

Alabama Transportation Safety Fund Held Over in Committee SB 180 by Senator Gerald Dial that would create the Alabama Transportation Safety Fund was carried over in committee last week after special interest from the farming and forestry industry attempted to modify the bill in committee. SB 180 would establish any new funds generated by the way of a tax increase would be distributed to ALDOT, […]

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Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 5, 2016

General Fund Budget in Trouble Again The Alabama Legislature convened on Tuesday for the first day of the 2016 session. As was the case last year, the legislature will face the daunting task of passing a general fund budget that seems to never get any better. Current forecasts predict a $200 million dollar hole that must be fixed in the general fund. Governor Bentley has […]

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2016 ACIF Scholarships Awarded

For more than 23 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 46 scholarships totaling over $256,000, 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. Rebecca Nylen Rebecca is a […]

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Concrete Day on the Hill to be held March 17, 2016

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association (ACIA) will hold its Fourth Annual ‘Concrete Day on the Hill’ on Thursday, March 17. The event will be held at the RSA tower plaza, beginning at 11:45am with a presentation by John Sorrell, president of ACIA, on current issues in the legislature affecting the industry. The program will be followed by a luncheon, where members will be able to discuss these issues […]

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Electronic Log Book Requirements Released by FMSCA

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its long-awaited final rule for mandating Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. Unfortunately, as was anticipated, the final rule does hold a requirement for the industry to install and use ELDs. While there are a lot of items contained in the rule that will need to be fleshed out, the main provisions […]

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New Federal Highway Bill Includes Provisions Benefitting Ready Mix Industry / Electronic Logging

On Friday, December 4th, President Obama signed the first long-term highway bill in over a decade into law. The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), or HR 22, guarantees funding for five years at $305 billion for highway and transit programs. On December 3, the House voted in favor of the bill (359-65) followed by the Senate later in the evening (83-16). The President signed […]

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2016 Annual Business Meeting

We hope that you will join us for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, January 21. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Winfrey Hotel at 11am. Check-in and registration will begin at 10:30am. The agenda will include recognition of current board members and officers, 2016 ACIF Scholarship Winners, and 2016 Chairman Award winners. Lunch is provided. You will […]

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New Hours of Service Law Effective September 1, 2015

During the 2015 Legislative Session, the association was successful in helping pass House Bill 298 which will increase the number of hours a commercial driver can drive when intrastate and hours on the clock per week. The new law forced the state to adopt the intrastate variance recognized by the FMSCA. The new law does not overwrite existing options, but only adds a third option […]

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ACIA sponsors ASCE’s Concrete Canoe Competition

The ACIA is proud to have served as the primary sponsor for the University of Alabama’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at this year’s regional concrete canoe competition. The association’s sponsorship allowed the 11 person team to travel to the ASCE Southeast Region Competition March 19 – 21, 2015. At the March event, the UA team competed with 27 other universities from […]

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Parking Lot Seminar May 13

Do you want to learn how today’s concrete parking lots offer a low cost, long-term solution? Then please join us for the “Design and Construction of Concrete Parking Lots” seminar on Wednesday, May 13 at the AGC Headquarters, 5000 Grantswood Road, in Birmingham. The event will be held from 11am-1pm, with lunch being served. There is no fee to attend. Topics to be covered include: • […]

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2015 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 Talladega SuperSpeedway  to compete in the Alabama Concrete Association’s 2015 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 the drivers […]

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Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 24, 2015

Burning Days and No Resolution on the General Fund The Alabama Legislature has now passed the half way point of the session with only 14 possible meeting days left for the year.   Still needing to be addressed is the two ton elephant in the room, the General Fund Budget and the approximately $500 short fall.   The Governor continues to tour the state discussing the huge […]

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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

ABOUT THE MEETING We hope you and your family will make plans to attend our annual summer convention in Biloxi, MS at the beautiful Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino June 4-7. As always, we have three great speakers lined up for the Saturday education session. And we made sure to leave plenty of time to network with clients and old friends! Please 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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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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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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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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Trendlines Monthly Statewide Construction Data

Ready mix production in Alabama for May 2016 grew by 8.65% compared to May 2015. For the first five months of the year, Alabama has seen production increase by 17.9% over the same five months of 2015. National ready mix production grew 5.1% for the month of May 2016 over May 2015. Year to date, the national average has seen an increase in production of […]

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