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Goat Hill Report Week Ending 4/30/21

The Alabama Legislature met two days last week and now has only three days left in the session. The week was productive with passage of the Education Trust Fund (ETF) Budget in the House and passage of the General Fund Budget in the Senate. The ETF was the largest budget…

May 3, 2021

Trendlines Statewide Monthly Construction Data-April 2021

Data recently released by the United States Geological Service shows 103,522 tons of cement were shipped to the state during the month of January 2021. Cement shipments grew by 11.7% over the same period in 2020. The month marks the largest January total in the previous 8 years. Looking to…

April 28, 2021

Joe Beckwith receives 2021 Chairman’s Award

Each year, ACIA presents the Chairman’s Award to an outstanding leader in the concrete industry. This year’s recipient is a household name when it comes to Auburn University baseball. Joe Beckwith, son of longtime Auburn University director of ticket sales Bill Beckwith and his wife, Marjorie, was born in 1955…

April 26, 2021

Kurt Milliman elected 2021/2022 Chairman of Board

Kurt Milliman, our 2021-2022 Chairman of the Board, serves as the regional manager for Lehigh Hanson/Sherman Industries utilizing his extensive background in construction. He has worked with some form of building materials since he was 15 and has lived and worked in various concrete markets in the Southeast and Texas….

April 22, 2021

2021 Environmental and Safety Award Recipients recognized at Annual Business Meeting

The Environmental Excellence Award is presented annually to a ready mix producer plant that has best demonstrated environmental excellence and innovative management. This year we are pleased to present Sherman Industries’ Tarrant, Alabama ready mix plant with this coveted award. The Tarrant location is a new ready-mix plant that became…

April 16, 2021

Eddie Ray receives Driver Lifetime Achievement Award

Drive Lifetime Achievement Award In 1981, a 31-year-old Eddie Ray was working on a farm in rural northeast Alabama. He had little knowledge of the concrete business and never once thought about driving a concrete truck. In fact, he had never driven a vehicle larger than afarm truck. However, that…

April 15, 2021

Meet our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

ACIF ScholarshipsFor the past 28 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 54 scholarships totaling over $250,000. We currently award 2 $8,000 scholarships per year. The foundation’s first scholarship recipient,…

April 13, 2021

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending April 9, 2021

The Alabama Legislature has now met 21 of the constitutionally allowed 30 days. The Legislature must still pass the Education Trust Fund Budget and the General Fund Budget. Both budgets have passed one house and await action in the other Chamber. Both are in surprisingly great shape and are unlikely…

April 12, 2021

First Business Meeting held since Pandemic

After more than a year of mask wearing, elbow bumping, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Alabama Concrete Industries Association was thrilled to once again host its Annual Business Meeting held at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery. While still practicing Covid-19 safety protocols, ACIA welcomed 90 members and…

April 7, 2021

Trendlines Statewide Monthly Construction Data-March 2021

Historically, November, December and January are the slowest three months for the concrete industry in the state. However, December 2020 threw a curve ball to conventional thinking according to data recently released by the United States Geological Service. The USGS estimated 109,035 tons of cement were shipped to the state…

March 29, 2021

Goat Hill Report Week Ending 3/19/21

Lottery, gaming bills revived On Wednesday, the Senate Tourism Committee pumped new life into the gambling debate less than a week after a constitutional amendment to create a lottery and provide up to ten casino gaming locations failed on the floor of the Senate by a vote of 19 ayes…

March 22, 2021

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending 3/12/21

Gaming legislation fails This week saw the defeat of Senator Del Marsh’s effort to pass comprehensive gambling legislation. Just a few weeks ago, I would have bet the legislation would have passed. However, when the roll was called Tuesday, the legislation failed to reach the required 21 votes for a…

March 15, 2021

Goat Hill Report-Week ending 3/5/21

The Alabama Legislature met for three days again last week and have now used 13 of the 30 possible legislative days allowed during the session. Historically, the legislature meets two days a week with one day of committee meetings.   Governor Ivey Extends Mask Mandate   While the Governor extended…

March 8, 2021

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending 2/26/21

The Alabama legislature met for three days last week after taking off the previous week. The legislature has now met for 9 of the possible 30 days. So far things have run smoothly, and the COVID protocols have allowed the legislature to operate without any major problems. Guests are still…

March 1, 2021

Trendlines Newsletter- February 2021

Data recently released by the United States Geological Service shows 114,280 tons of cement were shipped to the state during the month of November 2020. Cement shipments to the state grew by 14.5% over the same period in 2019. The month marks the largest increase over the same period in…

February 26, 2021