The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced an agreement with the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) to create a new Industrial Sand Division (ISD) of NSSGA. Members of NISA will form the nucleus of NSSGA’s Industrial Sand Division.
“NSSGA members have long known the value of coming together as an industry for effective representation of our priorities,” said NSSGA Chairman Randy Lake, CRH American Materials. “Formalizing this partnership will only strengthen our collective position and increase our effectiveness to make real improvements on policies where America relies on aggregates and industrial sand.”
Formed in 1936, NISA has represented North American industrial sand companies. NSSGA serves as the leading voice for the aggregates industry, advancing public policies that protect and expand safe, environmentally-responsible use of aggregates that are necessary to build America’s infrastructure.
“Industrial sand operations produce, process and deliver industrial sand to a range of end users, including ceramics, glass, paint, oil & gas production and many others that touch our everyday lives,” said NISA Chair Dan Gerber, Covia Corporation. “It just makes sense for our members to join with NSSGA to provide our perspective and resources toward the issues we share as an industry.”
The Industrial Sand Division will have its own board of directors, and the ISD board’s chairman and vice chairman will serve on NSSGA’s Executive Committee. They will become involved in NSSGA’s meetings and events, advocacy efforts and ROCKPAC. The agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2019.
“We recognize that our industry voice is strongest when we are together, and today’s announcement only furthers that objective,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “Creating the Industrial Sand Division for NSSGA provides the best of both worlds: bringing together the voice of industrial sand with the advocacy and representation NSSGA is known for with its members and policymakers. We look forward to working with our new members toward collectively delivering results for the aggregates and industrial sand industries.”