NPCA President Ty Gable and leaders from nine other concrete-related trade associations met with staff members from the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., on May 8 to educate and advocate on behalf of infrastructure and concrete.
The trade associations present spanned the breadth of the concrete industry – from paving to precast – and were in Washington to illustrate the wide reach of the concrete industry, which employs an estimated 500,000 workers in the U.S.
Senate staffers learned about the various components of the concrete industry and how concrete contributes to resilient construction. The representatives also advocated for passage of an infrastructure bill and removing some of the regulations that are hampering manufacturers. Gable reminded the Senate staff members to think about infrastructure in terms that includes stormwater and sewage systems.
“That is one area where an infrastructure bill can have a major local impact,” he said.
The event preceded the North American Concrete Association’s Cement and Concrete Fly-In, where industry representatives including Bob Whitmore, NPCA vice President of communication and public affairs, visit Congressional offices to talk about issues that cement and concrete manufacturers are facing and how Congress and the industry can work together.