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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

Annual Business Meeting to be held in April

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting will be held Monday, April 5th at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery. We hope you will make plans to attend the event to network with friends and customers.   Schedule of Events Presentation of ACIF and Sam Reed Scholarships Presentation of…

February 19, 2021

Goat Hill Report- Week ending 2/12/21

Coronavirus priority legislation signed by Governor The Governor signed three priority bills on Friday. Senate Bill 30 by Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Decatur) would provide civil immunity for business entities, health care providers, educational entities, churches, governmental entities, and cultural institutions from certain damages claimed by individuals who allege…

February 15, 2021

Goat Hill Report Week Ending Feb. 4, 2021

Legislative session off to a busy start with almost empty State House   The House and Senate gaveled in at noon on Tuesday for the 2021 legislative session despite COVID-19 protocols that are changing operations in the State House. The 105 House members are socially-distanced throughout the House floor, House…

February 8, 2021

Concrete University continues in February

The ACIA is pleased to be offering two Concrete University programs during the month of February. The first program, “Importance of Concrete Durability in Design” will explore strategies to improve the durability and life cycle of your concrete slab or structure. Topics to be covered include strategies to minimize corrosion,…

February 4, 2021

Trendlines Statewide Monthly Construction Data-January 2021

Data recently released by the United States Geological Service shows 121,502 tons of cement were shipped to the state during October 2020. Cement shipments to the state grew by 10.8% over the same period in 2019. After contracting for two consecutive months, the state experienced much needed growth in October….

January 27, 2021

Fun Fact Friday- The History of Concrete

There is no denying that concrete and the technology surrounding it has come a long way since its discovery and development. From the Great Pyramids at Giza to smart sensors for testing concrete temperature, maturity, etc., we’ve put together a list of notable events and discoveries in the history of concrete. 6500BC –…

January 22, 2021