NSSGA, Producers Talk to U.S. Labor Secretary


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 21 –U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez invited a select group of aggregates executives including KCSA's Ron Gray for a frank dialogue on the key issues facing the industry. At the Oct. 20 meeting, representatives from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and state aggregates associations stressed the need for increased infrastructure investment to grow the economy and create jobs and continued collaboration to improve mine safety.

Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA stressed the need for a long-term, well-funded federal highway bill.

"We cannot fully recover the aggregates industry jobs lost during the recession or maximize our contribution to a stronger American economy until our biggest customer—the federal government—gets back into the game,” said Johnson. He urged the Secretary to push senators for action during the upcoming  post-electionsession of Congress.

NSSGA also recognized the efforts of Mine Safety and Health Administrator (MSHA) Joe Main, also present at the meeting, who is working collaboratively with producers to better workplace conditions.

"Improved communication and consistency from MSHA inspectors is pushing us toward a common goal: to reduce accidents and fatalities,” Johnson added .  

Perez said he would like the group to meet again in six months.

Executive attending the meeting included:

 National Association 

Representatives 

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association 

Michael Johnson 

Joseph Casper 

NSSGA Members 

CalPortland Company 

Ron Summers 

Allen Hamblen 

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. 

Mike Hawbaker 

Lehigh Hanson 

Randy Mucha 

Tom Chizmadia 

Luck Stone 

Charles Luck IV 

Martin Marietta 

John Tiberi 

Martin Stone Comapny 

Rod Martin 

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. 

Paul Detwiler III 

Rogers Group Inc. 

Jerry Geraghty 

State Aggregates Associations 

Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association 

Bruce Chattin 

Arizona Rock Products Association 

Steve Trussell 

Georgia Construction Aggregate Association 

John Cardosa 

Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association 

Robert G. Jones 

Iowa Limestone Producers Association, Inc. 

Rich White 

Kentucky Crushed Stone Association, Inc. 

Ron Gray 

Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association 

Pat Jacomet 

Missouri Limestone Producers Association, Inc. 

Steve Rudloff