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Palmer Interim Head at MSHA

RR082117 PalmerAugust 21, 2017 – According to The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Trump Administration has announced its selection of Wayne Palmer to serve as acting assistant secretary for MSHA. Palmer has been serving as the Trump Administration’s chief of staff of the Department of Labor (DoL), and will be replaced there by Nicholas Geale, DoL’s solicitor. Earlier in his career, Palmer served as chief of staff for then-Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa). Because the temporary appointment of Palmer does not require Senate confirmation, the move enables DoL to move expeditiously to provide senior political leadership at MSHA. It is widely believed that, in September, the Administration will announce its intent to nominate an individual to serve as a permanent Trump appointee to head MSHA. That confirmation process should last well into the fall, if not beyond. NSSGA continues to promote the merits of an individual with aggregates industry experience spearheading the agency’s work. Palmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State. He also holds a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his public policy career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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New Video from NSSGA: A Rock Products Exclusive

NSSGAAugust 10, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) will hold its first Legislative Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-28. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. NSSGA also just released a new video featuring three members of Congress – Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) – touting the importance of infrastructure investment. The video is part of overall efforts to move the needle on important issues and increase industry buzz for the Legislative Policy Forum. Rock Products is pleased to introduce this video on an exclusive basis to the aggregates industry. 

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Safety Advice from MSHA-NSSGA Alliance

RR072817 MSHA NSSGAallianceJuly 28, 2017 – Louis Griesemer, president of Springfield Underground and NSSGA co-chair; and Marv Lichtenfels, MSHA deputy administrator, metal/non-metal, issued the following statement from the MSHA-NSSGA Alliance:

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Win an Award for Safety

RR071317 AwardJuly 12, 2017 Do you have an innovative process that helps workers stay healthy or improves safe operations? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wants to hear about it. Producers can apply for a NIOSH Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award by July 31. A simple description of the technology or process is all that’s needed to apply. Visit this website to submit a nomination, and please contact National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President of Safety Joseph Casper with any questions at 703-526-1074 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. NSSGA works cooperatively with NIOSH on a number of health and safety issues to help operators maximize safety and health performance. If an NSSGA member company receives the award, staff from that company will receive the award during a special event at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting this September in Washington, D.C. Register today for this new and exciting event that combines topic-specific education sessions with advocacy on Capitol Hill. 

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Drone Webinar This Week

RR071017 DroneJuly 10, 2017– Kespry will be hosting a “How Drone Data is Changing the Aggregates Industry” webinar this week, Thursday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST. Tony Cinkovich, senior project manager at Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel, will discuss how their company uses drone data for inventory management, mine planning and haul truck road construction. Attendees can submit questions before the webinar via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and during the webinar. There’s no cost to attend the webinar. You can register here.

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