Three leading conscientious and proactive aggregate producers announced the formation of the South Carolina Aggregates Association (SCAA), an organization to protect and promote the interest of the South Carolina aggregates industry.
SCAA will serve as the leading voice for the aggregates industry, advancing public policy that protects and expands safe and environmentally responsible use of aggregates that are necessary to build South Carolina’s and America’s infrastructure.
“SCAA members realize that working together our industry voice is stronger and our advocacy program will be more effective,” said SCAA President Elliott Botzis, Vulcan Materials. “Together we speak with a collective voice”.
South Carolina produced approximately 45 million tons of aggregate in 2018.
SCAA membership is open to all construction and industrial aggregate producers and industry suppliers. SCAA members will include the producers of crushed stone, sand and gravel, and other construction and industrial materials. SCAA is also supported by the equipment suppliers and service providers that are essential to the industry.
“New laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level affect our entire industry,” said SCAA Vice President Jim Thompson, Martin Marietta. “SCAA will represent the interest of the aggregates industry through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process and community involvement.”
SCAA members produce the essential raw materials found in homes, schools, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and public works projects. The largest users of aggregate are local, state, and federal agencies in their road and infrastructure programs. Aggregates are also used in the production of pharmaceuticals, paint, carpeting, glass, and other everyday products. Everything we consume on a daily basis is either grown or mined.
“The aggregates industry is a significant contributor to the economy of South Carolina. Including indirect jobs, the industry employs over 11,000 skilled workers and contributed over $1,000,000,000 to the state’s GDP,” said SCAA Secretary-Treasurer Doug Larson, Hanson-Lehigh. “As the industry continues to grow, our producers need more qualified employees. One of the priorities of our association will be workforce development.”
The association named Michael Newman as it’s executive director. Newman previously served as the president and managing director of the Michigan Aggregates Association for 21 years.