GRMCA Legislative Update

HB247Your association is hard at work covering the 2017 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Session. Linked below is our first legislative report with details on three specific bills that would be good for our industry, including a GRMCA backed measure exempting transit mixer maintenance from sales tax.

Additional legislation would facilitate the use of more pervious concrete and also a bill that would incentive investment and development in rural Georgia.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

House Bill 247 sponsored by Rep. Dominic LaRiccia of Douglas and backed by the Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association, received 38 signatures prior to its introduction on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. Most bills receive less than 6 signatures.

Chairman Message – Strategic Planning Meeting

GRMCA MEMBERS:

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for those who participated in the Strategic Planning Meeting. We are working hard to make sure the Association provides the maximum benefit to our members.

Below you will find the minutes from the meeting. Please take a minute to review if you were not able to attend, and please let us know if you have any further feedback.

Thank you for all your feedback during the Strategic Planning Session. We, as an association, will continue to make great strides forward with this amount of involvement.

Kind Regards,

Ryan Chandley
GRMCA Chairman – 2017

Meeting Minutes

Welcome Rush Truck Centers – New Member & Meeting Sponsor

Rush Truck CentersWe would like to welcome Rush Truck Centers to the association and thank them for sponsoring our Strategic Planning Meeting. Here are a few words from our sponsors:

Rush Truck Centers is the premier solutions provider for the commercial vehicle industry. With over 100 locations from coast to coast, no one can match our network reach and scale. We provide our customers an integrated, one-stop approach to the service and sales of new and used heavy- and medium-duty trucks, aftermarket parts, service and collision repair capabilities, and a range of financial services including financing, insurance and leasing and rental options. Since 1965, we’ve earned our reputation for excellence, fairness, positive attitude and solutions that exceed customer expectations. That’s why we can say with confidence; when it comes to trucking, no one offers you more.

Tentative Event Dates for 2017

GRMCA is pleased to announce tentative dates for the following activities for the upcoming year. Please mark your calendars!

February 1 – March 31 – Gun Raffle Tickets on Sale

March 27 –  Scholarship Golf Tournament, aka Curtis Cup at The Frog in Villa Rica, Georgia

May 7 – Driver Skills Championship, Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia

July 27 – 30 – Annual Meeting, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

As all events are confirmed, GRMCA will notify the membership and open registration.

Legislative Reception

After our strategic planning meeting, we co-hosted a joint transportation industry legislative reception with the Georgia Highway Contractors, Georgia Asphalt Paving Association, and Georgia Construction Aggregates Association.

The event was very well-attended and everyone enjoyed networking with fellow transportation industry folks and state elected officials. It was a great opportunity to express issues or concerns and develop relationships with local representatives. The Lieutenant Governor also addressed the group and conveyed positive indications of a booming year for transportation and infrastructure in our state.

Strategic Planning Meeting

On20170124_114334 Tuesday, January 24th the GRMCA met to discuss the direction and priorities that the association will take on this year. It is critical to the GRMCA Board of Directors and staff that we receive input from our members and that our members know that their voices are heard. Issues that affect one member are often important to the membership at large and this meeting gave us an opportunity to come together to target these issues and craft solutions to ensure better business across the board.

During the meeting, we shared our current activities, strategic alliances, event calendar for the year, as well as future opportunities and prioritization. A couple of big ticket items on the agenda this year are a transit mixer sales tax exemption, building code amendments to increase testing lab accountability, and driver training and recruitment programs. We had great discussion and received excellent advice and feedback that will help us work towards solutions.

Two members of the Georgia General Assembly visited with us as well. Representative Jason Shaw and Representative Dominic LaRiccia stopped by to update us on the transit mixer sales tax exemption and to say a few words about upcoming infrastructure dominicprojects in the state. They have been great supporters of our industry and we are looking forward to the outcomes of our continuing partnership.

We want to thank everyone who attended the meeting and provided input and we look forward to having a productive year!

Concrete & Aggregates Host Luncheon with Derrick Dickey, Chief of Staff for US Senator David Perdue

The Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Georgia Construction Aggregate Association  recently hosted Derrick Dickey for a luncheon at the Commerce Club in Atlanta. Derrick is the Chief of Staff US Senator David Perdue of Georgia.

Talk around the table mostly centered on the election. Derrick has a rich background in campaign politics and he gave his thoughts on battleground Senate races where Republicans are defending a number of seats in order to maintain their Senate Majority. The races of interest are in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio. If Republicans lose more than 3 seats they will be back in the minority. At the time he believed that many of these seats were too close to call, but this was before Hillary Clinton’s email investigation was reignited by the FBI.

Senator Perdue is also a Co- Sponsor of the Timber Innovations Act. GRMCA took the opportunity to voice their concern of the Senator’s support for the bill as it unfairly and artificially creates markets for wood construction where it doesn’t currently exist. Both the concrete and aggregate industries are part of a broad coalition opposing the TIA. GRMCA will be in Washington DC during the lame duck session of Congress and will meet with Senator Perdue on the issue.

Join MHC for a Ready Mix Training Open House!

Please join MHC Kenworth in South Atlanta for a ready mix training open house event to discuss the latest technology with vendors and learn more about MHC’s Mobile Maintenance, T880 Mixers, Eaton Ultra Transmission, and more!

Date: Wednesday, November 9th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Jason T. Harper Event Center
95 Lake Dow Road
McDonough, GA 30252

Attractions Include:

  • Contech and Beck Mixers
  • T880 Mixer Units on hand for demonstration
  • MCCD Officers discussing compliance and safe vehicle operation strategies
  • Kenworth 2017 Green House Gas Phase II Emissions systems on display
  • Meritor Safety Technology representative on hand to update on air disc brake, collision avoidance, On-Lane camera systems, and Anti-Roll/Electronic stability control
  • Paccar remote diagnostics systems and MHC Service Networks
  • Lunch catered by The Varsity & Door Prizes

Click here for the Event Flyer.

RSVP by November 1st by contacting Chris Murphy or calling (770) 689-9810/local

Manufacturer’s Exemption Efforts

GRMCA continues to build its case for a sales tax exemption on the purchase of maintenance and replacement parts on transit mixers. Staffers Jimmy Cotty and Nadia Groome met with State Representative Geoff Duncan to discuss the exemption. Rep. Duncan serves on the Ways & Means Committee and is Chairman of the Sales Tax Subcommittee.

Rep. Duncan has a background in construction and has a solid understanding of our industry. Having looked at the information provided by GRMCA, he believes that we will have a good shot of moving the bill through committee.