NEWS

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…

January 26, 2016

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….

January 24, 2016

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…

December 16, 2015

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…

December 16, 2015

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…

December 8, 2015

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…

August 10, 2015

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 –…

May 7, 2015

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…

May 4, 2015

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…

May 3, 2015

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…

April 27, 2015

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…

April 8, 2015

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…

April 8, 2015

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…

April 8, 2015

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….

March 18, 2015

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…

March 12, 2015