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World of Asphalt and AGG1 2013 Exhibit Space Sales Strong

Exhibit space sales for the co-located 2013 World of Asphalt and AGG1 expositions are tracking more than 15 percent ahead of the 2012 show for the same time in the show cycle, with about 11 months to go until opening day. Leading companies will be displaying their newest equipment, products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety sectors.

The co-located World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo will be held March 19-21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

“Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from our exhibitors and partner associations as we extend the momentum from our record-breaking 2012 events,” stated Show Manager Rich Prausa.

“The show floor will feature a broad array of the latest industry innovations; attendees will find what they need to get their jobs done with maximum efficiency and productivity,” he added.

Exhibit space rates have not increased since 2009 and are very competitive; a package plan of booth-related services such as material handling is included at no charge in the rates; and membership in the owner/producer trade associations provides a rate discount.

Show management offers exhibitors a variety of sponsorship options, including custom programs, to help companies more effectively achieve their marketing objectives; exhibitors also receive complimentary marketing materials to enhance their customer outreach.

Quality Buyers and a Reputation for Measureable Value

Show attendees are quality buyers interesting in making purchases: 93 percent from 2012 said the shows were valuable to their businesses, and 90 percent were satisfied to very satisfied with their show experience.

A New Products & Technologies Preview Program and Industry Leaders Directory will help attendees more easily connect with the products and people they want to see on the show floor.

World of Asphalt and AGG1’s reputation of offering measureable value and their history as industry-run, customer-driven expositions are key factors in their continued success, added Prausa.

World of Asphalt is owned by National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) with Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). AGG1 is owned by NSSGA. AEM produces both shows.

Exhibit space is still available with applications accepted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on exhibiting at or attending World of Asphalt and AGG1, go online to www.worldofasphalt.com and www.agg1.org.

Hundreds Rally in Washington D.C. to Support Transportation Funding

15 Transportation Construction Industry Associations Rally to Make Transportation Job #1

Leading bipartisan Members of Congress joined hundreds of members of the transportation construction industry and its suppliers in Washington D.C. Tuesday to support the passage of a multi-year, fully funded transportation bill. The second annual RALLY for ROADS brings attention to the impact transportation and highway investment has on our nation’s economy.

“America’s infrastructure is vital to economic growth and job creation,” said Kerri Leininger, a RALLY for ROADS spokesperson and the Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. “America’s transportation needs are too great, and its impact on the nation’s economic health and well-being are too substantial to delay passage of a surface transportation bill any longer.”

RALLY for ROADS is a bipartisan rally sponsored by 15 national transportation construction associations. Ten members of congress participated in the event including Chairman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Representatives from all facets of the road construction, manufacturing, services, retail, agriculture and natural resources industries will join together to support the rally.

“Deficiencies in America’s surface transportation systems have cost households and businesses billions of dollars,” said Leininger. “Our livelihoods depend on America’s roads. The support for RALLY for ROADS from congressional and industry members highlights the importance of getting our nation’s infrastructure back on track.”

“RALLY for ROADS” is sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) the US Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Second Annual RALLY for ROADS Tuesday March, 20th in Washington D.C.

Nation’s largest transportation advocacy rally to support a fully-funded, multi-year transportation bill

The second annual RALLY for ROADS will take place Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:00am on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Members of 15 transportation construction industry associations will join together to show their support of a fully-funded, multi-year transportation bill. The rally will showcase the role transportation plays on stimulating the economy, maintaining the nation’s global competitiveness and above all, creating American jobs. The Rally will feature employees from all facets of the road construction industry, including materials providers, road pavers, and equipment manufacturers and dealers.

RALLY for ROADS will be hosted by former Texas representative Max Sandlin. Participating speakers include Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (FL), Rep. John Duncan (TN), Rep. Sam Graves (GA), Rep. Nick Rahall (WV), Rep. John Shimkus (IL), Rep. Jason Altmire (PA), Rep. Tom Petri (WI), Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR). Speakers will also include representatives from the manufacturing, services, retail, agriculture and natural resources industries.

 What: RALLY for ROADS

When: Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00am (media set up can begin at 10am)

Where: Between 14th Street NW and 15th Street NW on the National Mall

Who:  American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the US Chamber of Commerce

To RSVP please contact Christin Fernandez 202-789-4365, cfernandez@hdmk.org or visit www.rallyforroads.com

World Of Asphalt 2012 Is Already Largest In Show’s History – AGG1 Exhibit Space On Target To Also Be Record-Breaker

The 2012 World of Asphalt Show & Conference is already the largest in the show’s history at more than 70,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Space sales for the co-located 2012 AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo have already exceeded the last show and are on track to be a record-breaker as well with more than 26,000 net square feet already reserved.

World of Asphalt and AGG1 will be held March 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The exhibitions are held annually except in CONEXPO-CON/AGG years and target aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry professionals.

Attendees will find a broader array of equipment, products and services on the show floor, including an expanded emphasis on pavement maintenance. Many returning companies have increased their space and new-to-the show-companies are signing on to take advantage of this quality venue to connect with customers. Companies range from multinationals with multiple product lines to smaller firms with niche products.

Education is a hallmark of the shows, and attendees have convenient access to more than 90 learning opportunities with the People, Plants and Paving Training Program, the Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s Asphalt Pavement Conference and the AGG1 Academy.

“Attendees tell us that seeing new products is the number-one reason they attend, and they’ll be able to compare the latest technologies and talk with technical experts,” stated Show Director Melissa Magestro. “Our robust education focuses on industry best practices and increases the value quotient of the shows.”

More than 20 industry-related organizations are official supporters of World of Asphalt and AGG1, and both shows are industry-owned and operated. “This is where the industry gathers to network and gain the essential product and operational knowledge they need to stay ahead in these economic times,” Magestro added.

Advance registration is open with reduced exhibit entrance and education fees. Visit www.agg1.org and www.worldofasphalt.com for information on attending or exhibiting.

World of Asphalt is owned by National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) with Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). AGG1 is owned by NSSGA. AEM produces both shows.

Construction Materials Group Supports President’s Call For More Infrastructure Investment

A group of construction materials trade associations representing five essential aspects of infrastructure construction is today standing united in support of the president’s call for more infrastructure investment.

Before a joint session of Congress last night, President Barack Obama called for a renewed commitment to job creation and economic growth, in part through increased infrastructure spending for road and bridge construction/reconstruction.

The speech to Congress follows his Labor Day remarks in Detroit, Mich., where the president said, “We’ve got more than one million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is work to be done and there are workers ready to do it.”

The president’s comments last night come after unanimous passage by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee of a four-month extension of SAFETEA-LU at level funding.

The construction materials group, comprised of members of the American Concrete Pavement Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and Portland Cement Association, support calls from Congress and political leaders of both parties to set aside politics that are costing jobs and continuing economic stagnation. The group urges Congress to take action immediately to invest in the long-term future of the nation’s surface transportation network.

Through this investment, a myriad of economic problems can be addressed, notably: lower materials production, which is down 70 percent is some areas of the country; high unemployment in the construction sector, which has reached as high as 20 percent; and, lack of funding certainty essential to state government planning and informed capital and human resource decisions by business.

Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., ACPA president and CEO, said, “Our nation is living on borrowed time as state highway agencies and the transportation-construction industries wait for Congressional action.  The federal government, state agencies and road building community are all stakeholders in our nation’s highways, and we must work together to find solutions to this significant problem.   As a starting point, we need Congress to lead the charge toward reinvesting in the nation’s surface transportation system, which is vital to the safety, security and economic vitality of our nation.”

According to NAPA Chairman Kim Snyder, president, Eastern Industries, Inc., “Legislation to fund our nation’s Federal-aid highway program has always been a bipartisan effort in Congress.  The construction industry has lost more than two million jobs since December 2007 and both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO have called on Congress to pass a surface transportation reauthorization bill to create infrastructure jobs.  The National Asphalt Pavement Association calls on the president and the Congress to make passing a long-term reauthorization bill with full funding for highways its top legislative job creation priority.”

Karl Watson, Jr., chairman of NRMCA and president, CEMEX USA, said, “It is time for the president and Congress to get serious about solving the problems of our crumbling infrastructure and lack-luster job growth. Fixing the two go hand-in-hand and will result in jump starting the economy more than any single piece of legislation coming out of Washington. We applaud our nation’s leaders’ efforts in forging a path forward to pass an extension of the current highway program while continuing to work on a new bipartisan, fully funded, multi-year transportation bill.”

Also commenting, NSSGA Chairman David Thomey, executive vice president, Maryland Materials, Inc., said, “We applaud the president and members of Congress for recognizing the importance of infrastructure investment to our nation’s economic well being. While the amount of funding being discussed falls fall short of what is essential to meet the surface transportation needs of the nation, we call on Congress to pass the Senate extension of the highway bill and move immediately to crafting a multi-year reauthorization.”

Brian McCarthy, president and CEO of PCA, concurred.  “To mend our nation’s infrastructure, put the construction sector back to work, and launch America back onto solid international competitive footing, Congress needs to act quickly. Every day allowed to pass without continued investment in the resources and personnel to care for our transportation network risks further detriment to other sectors of our economy and to the way of life we enjoy.”

With the pending expiration of current extension on SAFETEA-LU on Sept. 30, Congress must pass another extension of the law and immediately begin work on a multi-year transportation authorization that at a minimum maintains level funding.