The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) will recognize outstanding industry advocates during its Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board meeting, Sept. 24-28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. It will present Grassroots Awards to individuals who have educated policymakers on the value of the aggregates industry and how certain policies can benefit or harm operations.
“Our industry’s most effective advocates are the people who work in aggregates operations in just about every congressional district,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, in a press release. “The more than 100,000 men and women of our industry have the unique ability to personalize the impact of legislation and regulation on their business, families, and communities.”
The following individuals will be recognized with Grassroots Awards:
George Sidney, McLanahan Corp.
- Grasstops CEO of the Year — George Sidney, McLanahan Corp.: Before inviting presidential candidates to tour McLanahan’s facility in Holidaysburg, Pa., Sidney consulted with NSSGA to get talking points on issues impacting the industry, most notably, the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule. After the plant tour and a lengthy sit-down with President Trump, a candidate at the time, Sidney was invited to address the crowd at a rally for President Trump that evening to talk about the issues and regulations impacting the industry. After this event, Trump started talking about the WOTUS rule, specifically, on the campaign trail as an example of regulations in need of reform. Sidney has also been an active participant in advancing the candidacy of an individual from the aggregates industry to be nominated to lead MSHA.
- Grassroots Coordinator of the Year — Bill Schmitz, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc.: Schmitz has been a reliable proponent of the aggregates industry in western New York and has solidified relationships of Gernatt and NSSGA with New York Republican Reps. Tom Reed, Chris Collins, and John Katko by setting up facility visits and participating in fundraising events. He actively recruits other New York members to participate and join him in traveling to D.C., and has testified before Congress on issues that impact small businesses.
Brian McNamara, Bluegrass Materials.
Grassroots Advocate of the Year — Brian McNamara, Bluegrass Materials: In addition to his professional responsibilities, McNamara testified before the White House Office of Management and Budget on the harmful effects of MSHA’s Examination of Working Places rule, flying to Washington, D.C. on his own time and expense over the New Year’s holiday. This came after he participated in NSSGA’s 2016 Washington, D.C. advocacy event where he educated several congressional staff members on industry health and safety issues.