Driver Skills Championship, Tax Exemptions, Building Code Improvements highlight a huge week for Georgia’s ready mixed concrete industry.

Driver Skills Championship, Tax Exemptions, Building Code Improvements highlight a huge week for Georgia’s ready mixed concrete industry.

GOVERNOR SIGNS HOUSE BILL 247 INTO LAW


From Left to Right: Rep. John Corbett, Rep. Penny Houston, Nadia Groome (GRMCA), Alan Deariso (Fowler Flemister), Greg Harrell (Fairburn Ready Mix), Mark Orler (Walker Concrete), Ryan Chandley (Ready Mix USA), Rep. Dominic LaRiccia (House Sponsor), Bill Davis (Thomas Concrete), Governor Nathan Deal, Tom Hall (BH Hall Ready Mix), Sen. Tyler Harper (Senate Sponsor), Rep. Matt Hatchett, Jimmy Cotty (GRMCA), Dale Henderson (SiteMix), Rusty Ingram (Scruggs Concrete), David Ernst (Ernst Concrete)

On Monday, May 8th Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 247 into law. House Bill 247 is the GRMCA backed bill which provides tax exemptions for transit mixer maintenance and replacement parts.

The law will go into effect on July 1, 2017. If the potential exists to delay any major equipment or maintenance expenditures, please consider doing so.

The GRMCA is currently preparing guidance for the ready mix industry on how to claim your tax exemption and distribute it amongst ready mix producers across the state. If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to contact Jimmy Cotty or Nadia Groome with the GRMCA.

Thank you to all of our members who came down to the capitol for the signing, hosting plant tours and meeting with legislators during this process. It makes a difference!

DRIVER SKILLS CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRUCK SHOW RECAP

   

PICTURED: FIRST PLACE WINNER DUSTIN FREEMAN

Congratulations to our winners!

1ST PLACE & GEORGIA STATE CHAMPION:
DUSTIN FREEMAN – THOMAS CONCRETE

2nd Place – Kenny Ainsworth – Argos
3rd Place – “Lee” Basil Pierce – Argos
4th Place – Mark Cleaveland – Argos
5th Place – Randall Dillon – Ready Mix USA

Dustin Freeman and Kenny Ainsworth will go on to represent the state of Georgia in the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s competition in San Antonio, Texas.

We want to thank everyone for participating in the Driver Skills Championship & Truck Show and for coming out and supporting our drivers, who are the backbone of our industry. A fantastic time was had by all and we are looking forward to next year. We doubled our numbers in turnout this year and hope that this event will continue growing in the coming years.

Thank you again to all of the event sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers. This event would not be possible without you!

Pictures and video from the event will be coming soon.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR COMPETITORS. IT WAS A TIGHT COMPETITION AND ALL OF THE DRIVERS DID A GREAT JOB.

Dash Andrews Vulcan Materials
Edward Kemp Ready Mix USA
Tom McGaha Ernst
Kenny Ainsworth Argos
Marion Morgan Southern Concrete
Dustin Freeman Thomas
Chris Schwartz Ernst
Randall Dillon Ready Mix USA
Mark Cleaveland Argos
Greg Johnson Vulcan Materials
Richard Brinkley Fowler-Flemister
Tony Bright Thomas
Charlie Reynolds Jr. Scruggs Concrete
Jamin Horner Ready Mix USA
“Lee” Basil Pierce Argos
James Hatcher Vulcan Materials
Cesar Castaneda Thomas
Robinson Lopez Ernst
Thomas Massey Fowler-Flemister

 


CONGRATULATIONS SPORTSMAN RAFFLE TICKET WINNERS!

WEEK 1: LARRY LORREN
WEEK 2: JONATHAN SILVERS

TESTING LAB ACCOUNTABILITY & BUILDING CODE AMENDMENTS


From Left to Right: Vance Robinson (Ready Mix USA), Jimmy Cotty (GRMCA), Larry Lorren (Wayne Davis Concrete)


A task force meets to review building code amendment and make recommendations to the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee.

On Wednesday, May 10th, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs State Code Advisory Committee held a subcommittee hearing on proposed amendments to the International Building Code. GRMCA has proposed several amendments to the IBC that would require stricter certifications requirements for technicians who are sampling and testing concrete in the field as well as testing concrete strengths in the lab.

The amendments were passed by the subcommittee and will be reviewed by the full Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee in June. The amendments will then receive a public hearing in September prior to a full vote of the Board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in November.

GRMCA Executive Director Jimmy Cotty was joined by Vance Robinson with Ready Mix USA and Larry Lorren with Wayne Davis Concrete in presenting and testifying on the necessity for testing technician certifications.

We will have more on this as it develops but this will be the firt step in bringing some additional accountability to concrete testing in the field.

ANNUAL MEETING: SAVE THE DATE

JULY 27-30

The Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association returns to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club July 27-30, 2017 for its Annual Meeting.

This is the premier gathering for the ready mixed concrete industry of Georgia and features ready mix producers along with industry vendors. Start reserving rooms now for next year!

FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL (888) 839-9145.

Information on registration, meeting details and agenda will be coming soon.

GRMCA April Activities Recap

The Curtis Cup is presented to team Argos.
(Pictured from left to right: Polo Bascunan, Matt Prior, David Black, Curtis Gould, Steve Phillips.)

 

 

 


The Curtis Cup is presented to team Argos.
(Pictured from left to right: Polo Bascunan, Matt Prior, David Black, Curtis Gould, Steve Phillips.)

GOLF TOURNAMENT RECAP

The “Curtis Cup” scholarship golf tournament was held on Monday, March 27th at The Frog Golf Course in Villa Rica, GA. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated or supported through a sponsorship.

This event raises funds for two student scholarships at Middle Tennessee State University for the Concrete Industry Management Program as well as general scholarships for students of GRMCA member companies. This money also goes towards Concrete Field Tech Level 1 certification for all UGA students enrolled in the Construction Materials course. This allows us to expose these students to working with concrete specifically. In addition, these funds will support any additional research or educational opportunities that arise throughout the year in order to support future leaders of our industry.

Congratulations to team Argos for winning the Curtis Cup this year! Thanks to Argos and Bluegrass Materials for breakfast and Cemex for cooking up delicious hot dogs and burgers for lunch!

View Photos

 


SPORTSMAN RAFFLE TICKET SALES EXTENSION!

Order Tickets

Raffle ticket sales for the Sportsman’s Raffle have been extended to Friday, April 21st.

Drawings will begin taking place on Wednesday, April 26th. Get your raffle tickets now and enter the running to win guns and cash!

DRIVER SKILLS CHAMPIONSHIP & TRUCK SHOW

COME CELEBRATE THE DRIVERS IN OUR INDUSTRY!

There is no cost to attend, so come out and bring the whole family for a fun-filled day where we recognize the outstanding drivers in our industry! This event is meant to be an employee give-back where we celebrate all industry employees!

Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, GA 30228

The event will take place from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

12:30 p.m. – Gates open
1:00 p.m. – Lunch is served
2:00 p.m. – Competition starts

Attractions Include: 
–   Driver Skills Championship
Competition
–   Vendor Booths displaying the
latest trucks & equipment
–   Free Pace Car Rides around the track
–   Activities for the kids

Please share this event with the vendors that you conduct business with as an opportunity for them to network with our association, gain new potential customers and display their latest trucks, equipment, and products.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

HOUSE BILL 247 PASSES THE SENATE!


Senator Tyler Harper of Ocilla, Georgia was the Senate sponsor of House Bill 247.

House Bill 247, the GRMCA backed bill which provides tax exemptions for transit mixer maintenance and replacement parts, passed the Georgia State Senate by a vote of 48-4 late Tuesday afternoon. All that remains for the bill to become law is the Governor’s signature.

The Georgia General Assembly adjourns for the year Thursday night. Beginning Friday, we will enter a 40 day period in which the Governor will sign or veto all legislation that was passed by the General Assembly. He could also do nothing, but any bill not signed (but not vetoed either) by the Governor will become law. GRMCA met with the Governor’s staff earlier in the session and we will be doing so again in the next several weeks. I believe at this time that the Governor will indeed sign the bill into law.

Next week, GRMCA will issue some guidance with regards to House Bill 247. If the potential exists to delay any major equipment or maintenance expenditures, please consider doing so. Even if/when HB 247 is signed into law, the law will not take effect until July 1. Any maintenance purchases for transit mixers prior to then will still be subject to state and local taxes.

Also, with the closing of the legislature, GRMCA will also provide a full recap of bills of interest and also various study committees of interest to meet over the summer.

 

ANNUAL MEETING: SAVE THE DATE

JULY 27-30

The Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association returns to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club July 27-30, 2017 for its Annual Meeting.

This is the premier gathering for the ready mixed concrete industry of Georgia and features ready mix producers along with industry vendors. Start reserving rooms now for next year!

FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL (888) 839-9145.

Information on meeting details and agenda will be coming soon.

HB 247 Senate Passage

GRMCA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

House Bill 247, the GRMCA backed bill which provides tax exemptions for transit mixer maintenance and replacement parts, passed the Georgia State Senate by a vote of 48-4 late Tuesday afternoon. All that remains for the bill to become law is the Governor’s signature.

The Georgia General Assembly adjourns for the year Thursday night. Beginning Friday, we will enter a 40 day period in which the Governor will sign or veto all legislation that was passed by the General Assembly. He could also do nothing, but any bill not signed (but not vetoed either) by the Governor will become law. GRMCA met with the Governor’s staff earlier in the session and we will be doing so again in the next several weeks. I believe at this time that the Governor will indeed sign the bill into law.

Next week, GRMCA will issue some guidance with regards to House Bill 247. If the potential exists to delay any major equipment or maintenance expenditures, please consider doing so. Even if/when HB 247 is signed into law, the law will not take effect until July 1. Any maintenance purchases for transit mixers prior to then will still be subject to state and local taxes.

Also, with the closing of the legislature, GRMCA will also provide a full recap of bills of interest and also various study committees of interest to meet over the summer.


Senator Tyler Harper of Ocilla, Georgia was the Senate sponsor of House Bill 247.

Upcoming GRMCA Activities

GRMCA ACTIVITIES

It is an exciting time at the GRMCA right now with all of our upcoming and ongoing activities and events, so mark your calendars! Tickets for the Sportsman’s Gun Raffle are still on sale and our Scholarship Golf Tournament takes place at the end of this month. We are also gearing up for our Driver Skills Championship and Truck Show, which is coming up in May.

In addition to these events, we have a pervious concrete contractor certification scheduled for March 20th.

More information and registration for all of our upcoming events and activities is below.

SPORTSMAN’S GUN RAFFLE

50 GUNS & $5,000 GIVEAWAY

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT GRMCA SCHOLARSHIP FUND & CONCRETE PROMOTION EFFORTS.

HOW THE RAFFLE WORKS:

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Donate $100 for one raffle ticket and gain access to GRMCA’s 50 Gun, 5 Grand weekly raffle.
  • There are no restrictions on the amount of tickets per individual.
  • Tickets will be available from February 1, 2017 through March  31, 2017.

REFERRAL PROGRAM

By referring friends to participate, you win free tickets. We will award the top 3 referrers with free raffle tickets.

#1: 5 free tickets
#2: 3 free tickets
#3: 1 free ticket

There is no limit on the amount of referrals you can get, so refer as many friends and family as possible to collect free tickets!

ONLY 1,000 TICKETS AVAILABLE. GET YOURS TODAY!

Order Now

 

“CURTIS CUP” SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT

2017 SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

We are proud to offer a scholarship program for students from Georgia majoring in Concrete Industry Management at Middle Tennessee State University. You can read more details about the scholarship here. 

The Frog Golf Club
2699 Georgian Parkway
Villa Rica, GA 30180

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.
Tournament begins at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.
Lunch and breakfast to be provided

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMITTED TEAMS & SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

ARGOS READY MIX
ARGOS CEMENT
ERNST CONCRETE OF GEORGIA
BECK INDUSTRIAL
BLUEGRASS MATERIALS
BORAL MATERIAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
GRACE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS
HANSON AGGREGATES
LAFARGEHOLCIM
MARTIN MARIETTA
MCNEILUS
MIDSOUTH AGGREGATES
NATIONAL CEMENT
READY MIX USA
THOMAS CONCRETE
THOMSON CONSTRUCTION
TRINITY LIGHTWEIGHT
VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY
WALKER CONCRETE

DRIVER SKILLS CHAMPIONSHIP & TRUCK SHOW

MAY 7, 2017
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
1500 TARA PLACE, HAMPTON, GA 30228.

There is no cost to attend, so come out and bring the whole family for a fun-filled day where we recognize the outstanding drivers in our industry! The event will take place from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m., lunch will begin being served at 1:00 p.m. and the competition starts at 2:00 p.m.

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Driver Skills Championship Competition
  • Vendor Booths displaying the latest trucks & equipment
  • One free pace car ride around the track, additional rides will be $25 per ride.
  • Activities for the kids
  • Member ready mix companies are encouraged to set up tents and handout promotional items.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER DRIVERS TO COMPETE.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND OR VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AS A SPONSOR OR EXHIBITOR FOR THE EVENT. 

 

PERVIOUS CONCRETE CONTRACTOR CERTIFICATION

Register today for a pervious concrete contractor certification.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

Location: Argos Concrete Lab
1511 Ronald Reagan Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch provided.

Member fee: $295
Non-member fee: $395

Contractor Membership: $500

Register

HB 247 Passes the House!

GRMCA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

GRMCA Members:

One of our association’s priorities for 2017 is to achieve tax relief from the state on our transit mixers. Today, February 22, is a major step in that direction. This afternoon, the Georgia House of Representatives debated and voted on House Bill 247. The bill passed 158-4.

I would like to commend our staff, Jimmy and Nadia, for their hard work in educating the House members on the issue. They have been at the Capitol virtually every day since the first of the year working the bill. I would also like to thank our members who have hosted plant tours. These have been proven to be highly effective in gaining support for the measure. Finally, I would like to thank our members who have made personal calls and emails to their representatives. Personal contact from constituents is invaluable.

There is still much work to be done. It has passed the House but now we will need to navigate the Senate. I encourage you to contact Jimmy and Nadia if you have a personal relationship with your State Senator. Every relationship matters and your willingness to help will be critical.

Again, thanks to all for your help, but mostly thank you and congratulations for the work to date from Jimmy and Nadia. Now, let’s get HB 247 passed into law!

Sincerely,

Ryan Chandley, Chairman
GRMCA Board of Directors

HB 247 Roll Call Vote

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.