[Herndon, VA – October 3, 2018] Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing Congressional authorization for the concrete masonry products industry to develop its own commodity checkoff program to support needed industry initiatives.
The concrete masonry products bill was included in H.R. 302 as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. Having already passed the House of Representatives, it now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign before October 7.
“This is a great day for our industry,” said Major Ogilvie of CEMEX USA, national chair of the CMU checkoff initiative since 2010. “We demonstrated a level of perseverance on this initiative that is only matched by the resilience of the products that we manufacture. We applaud the members of Congress for recognizing that the small businesses in our industry can accomplish great things together if we can more effectively pool our resources to promote ourselves.”
“Our work is just beginning,” said National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman of the Board, Kent Waide of Ruby Concrete. “Congress did not create a CMU checkoff program, they only authorized it. Our entire industry will now begin the earnest discussions about how we create a program that is meaningful to concrete block manufacturers of all kinds – those large and small, those in all regions of the U.S., and those with all kinds of local market interests. We will present the value proposition to rationalize an increased investment to collectively promote the value of concrete masonry systems.”
“People in this country deserve to live, work, shop, and learn in buildings that are resilient and durable. If we are successful, there will be more structures locally sourced, manufactured and constructed, creating more American jobs. These structures will be thoughtfully built with “strength,” resulting in more fire-resistant, energy-efficient, and cost-effective buildings that do not rot, burn, or decay.”