September 21, 2017
During the congressional recess in August, aggregate operations across the nation invited members of Congress to visit. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the House Rules Committee, visited Martin Marietta’s Southwest Cement and Southwest Ready Mix divisional headquarters office in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 23, 2017.
“We appreciated that the congressman took time out of his very busy August recess to visit our divisional offices,” said David Perkins, vice president of environmental, government, and public affairs at Martin Marietta’s Cement and Southwest Divisions, in a National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) press release. “Meeting with Congressman Sessions was a great opportunity to highlight our industry’s importance within the local construction and infrastructure industries.”
Sessions, who represents Texas’ 32nd District, shared his perspectives on the importance of infrastructure investment and tax reform and highlighted the importance of the aggregates and construction materials industry and its central role in economic growth within the area.
On the East Coast, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) visited Tilcon New York‘s (a division of Oldcastle Materials Inc.) Oxford Quarry, where Tilcon staff briefed him on how the operation benefits both the local community and the local economy, including the many public works projects and jobs created by the quarry.
On August 1, NSSGA members and Georgia Construction Aggregates Association Executive Director Jeff Wansley met with Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) as part of a Georgia Transportation Alliance round table focused on issues important to the aggregates industry, including transportation investment and tax reform. Wansley expressed support for regulatory reform initiatives recently passed in the House of Representatives and noted a desire for the Senate to follow suit.