Concrete Products

MAR 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • March 2018 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INFRASTRUCTURE President Donald Trump's formal infrastructure proposal hinges on four basic principals: stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastruc- ture spending through a 10-year, $200-billion federal commitment; shorten project permitting windows; invest in rural transportation, environmental and related public works; and, improve training to attract qualified workers to the trades. The White House's 53-page "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America" is an opening bid to further House of Representatives and Senate negotiations on how to meet admin- istration objectives and address financing measures, much like the reform-driven Tax Cuts & Jobs Act signed in late 2017. At least six House and five Senate committees will consider "Rebuilding Infra- structure" elements, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff noted in a memo early last month. "It's a welcomed and necessary way to start a very overdue conversation. We look forward to more in-depth conversations with Congress [and] urge lawmakers to create a robust and long- term solution to our country's chronically underfunded infra- structure," said National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association CEO Michael Johnson. "To meet the president's goal, NSSGA supports a wide variety of funding options, especially shoring up the High- way Trust Fund." The White House plan calls for a) $100 billion in grants to be distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency; b) $50 billion in rural project grants; and, c) $20 billion for transformative projects that could spawn public-private partnerships. Project sponsors, states and agencies would request funds for specific needs. Concurrent with the plan, White House is drafting a memo to 17 federal agencies seeking to speed up the time it takes to secure infrastructure project environmental permits. INFRASTRUCTURE TRENDS Following President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, where he urged Congress to pass a bill funding the federal government's share of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan outlined the following week, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers issued 10 predic- tions for 2018. They are based on a TRC Companies' report examining federal and state government agency investments in aging infra- structure and a smarter, more balanced utility grid. The following trends will affect how the construction industry conducts business and goes to market in the year ahead and beyond, notes TRC, an engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services firm: • Spending will intensify as a result of comprehensive federal infrastruc- ture legislation potentially bankrolling projects both big and small across the country. • States will rely on alternative approaches to planning and construc- tion in order to pay for projects. This could include more design/build transportation contracts or public-private partnerships. • A project boom in some states will prompt labor shortages across the board. This will in turn lead to delays for many companies if they don't plan for workforce challenges. • Investment in natural gas projects will be tempered by low prices. Trump infrastructure plan: Spur investment, cut permitting, improve training SILOS AND SO MUCH MORE Here's how the engineers and project managers at Imperial Industries helped Wausau Tile create a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot concrete paver manufacturing facility: • Integrated system includes 16 Imperial carbon steel silos that range from 29 to 37 feet tall, providing 5 million pounds of material storage • Also includes two large "grizzly" dump hoppers and a dozen additional "day bins" for Wausau Tile's custom- color mixing system • All pieces were designed, manufactured, painted and inspected at Imperial's newly expanded manufacturing facility • Imperial also manufactured all stairs and handrails included in the facility 800-558-2945 | IMPERIALIND.COM FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS

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