Goat Hill Report- Week ending Feb. 14, 2020

3rd & 4th legislative days House approves bill to limit local authority On Tuesday, HB 147 by Rep. Chris Sells (R – Greenville), which would prevent municipalities from passing an occupational tax except through local legislation, was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 73 – 27….

February 17, 2020

When Business is Family

Some businesses just give off a good vibe; one where you can ‘sense’ that the employees are truly family, biological or not. That’s the feeling of Shelby Concrete. Fifty-three years ago, Barney Lee Knox Jr. started a company that has been in the family for three generations. In 1967, Knox…

February 12, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending February 7th, 2020

We ask you to consider attending the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 12th, which is being sponsored by the ACIA and the Alabama Homebuilders Association. The reception will be held at the Alabama Archives Building from 5 -7pm. REGISTER HERE Governor Ivey Spells Out Top Issues in State of the…

February 10, 2020

Trendlines Monthly Statewide Construction Data-January

According to data recently released by the USGS for September 2019, 111,512 tons of Portland cement was shipped to Alabama during the month. The tonnage represents a growth of 10.46% in comparison to September 2018. Over the last four months, the state has been in a yo-yo pattern of in…

January 30, 2020

Trendlines Monthly Statewide Construction Data- December 2019

According to data recently released by the USGS for August 2019, 113,290 tons of Portland cement was shipped to Alabama during the period. The tonnage represents a contraction of 1.98% in comparison to August 2018. August’s slide brings the state in the red for 2 of the last 3 months….

January 28, 2020

Annual Meeting coming up in March; Register Now!

Our 2020 Annual Business Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 31st at Auburn Oaks Farm in Notasulga, AL. The meeting will begin at 10:30am. Lunch will be served after the meeting, and the sporting clay tournament will follow.  Former Auburn University and NFL Quarterback Jason Campbell will be the guest…

January 21, 2020

National Cement expanding; $250million investment at Ragland facility

The National Cement Co. of Alabama announced plans to invest more than $250 million to construct a new kiln at its Ragland production plant, ensuring the St. Clair County facility’s competitiveness for decades to come. National Cement, which has been producing cement in Ragland since 1910, said construction on the…

January 9, 2020

2020 ACIA Awards to be presented at Annual Business Meeting in March

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association is excited to announce that we will, once again,  be presenting five prestigious awards at this year’s Annual Business Meeting in March; The Environmental Excellence Award and the Distinguished Plant Award; The Driver Lifetime Achievement Award; The Corporate Safety Award and the Individual Safety Award….

January 3, 2020

ACIA now accepting Applications for 2020 Scholarships

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association is now accepting applications for four scholarships; ACIA Foundation Scholarships  (2), Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship and the Employee Scholarship. The online process will close on February 28th. ACIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS Our Foundation offers two $8,000 scholarships to students in building science, architecture or engineering at…

January 2, 2020

Concrete Cracks: How to prevent or repair

There are two adages about concrete: it will harden, and it will crack. Despite the best efforts of the contractor or homeowner who pours concrete, cracks do develop. Crack-free concrete is rare, and in the day-to-day world there will be cracks in driveways, concrete floors and building foundations. While cracks…

November 25, 2019

Majority of DOT Agencies approve Limestone Cement Use

For the past decade, the concrete industry has been getting bad publicity over the carbon footprint of cement, and it’s true that cement manufacturing does have an impact on the environment. So if cement manufacturers come up with a way to improve concrete sustainability with no negative impacts on constructability,…

November 6, 2019

Trendlines Statewide Monthly Construction Data-October Newsletter

According to data recently released by the USGS for July 2019, 121,605 tons of Portland cement was shipped to Alabama during the period. The tonnage represents a growth of 10.2% in comparison to July 2018. Comparing July 2019 tonnage to June 2019, the state experienced a growth of 8.5% month…

October 30, 2019

Concrete on the Fast Track- Talladega’s ‘Transformation’ project now complete

History was made at Talladega Superspeedway when now, for the first time ever, drivers and fans can enter and leave the infield at any time they choose — even during a race. The Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel began in October 2018, and was the launch of Transformation – The…

October 16, 2019

Two Member Companies raising Awareness for Breast Cancer by putting pink trucks on the road

It is a worldwide annual campaign taking place each October, involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research. And right here in our own industry, two of our members are helping raise awareness by putting pink-drummed trucks on the road. About one in…

October 7, 2019

Meet Willie Benson, 2019 Truck Driver Championship Winner

This past May, forty-eight drivers from across the Southeast gathered at Thompson Tractor Company to compete in the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s Truck Driver Championship, held each year to recognize the men and women for all the hard work they do for our industry. But only one driver could win…

September 27, 2019