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Andrew Gillman From The Road For The Road Connection

Hello Everyone!

It has been a very exciting couple of weeks for all of us here at The Road Connection. We have just wrapped up a leg of our tour, and are taking a short break before hitting the road again. We covered a lot of ground in the month of March, (Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Newport News, Nashville, Topeka), and are looking forward to our upcoming events at Road Machinery and Supplies in Savage, Minnesota, Astec Mobile Screens in Sterling, Illinois, and the Michigan Aggregates Association meeting in Kalamazoo.

Looking back on the past month, a lot has happened in Washington regarding the current legislation surrounding a long-term highway bill. Congress and the President passed a short-term, 90-day extension to maintain current funding levels, the ninth of its kind since SAFETEA-LU expired in 2009. This is a short-term, “band-aid” approach and doesn’t give contractors the confidence to hire more workers, purchase necessary machinery, or in other words boost the U.S. economy and fix our crumbling roads and bridges. This extension maintains the status quo, and unfortunately, the current status quo is at a solid D-minus.

In the next 90 days, The Road Connection will be continuing to carry the message that “Roads Matter” to folks all across the country pushing for the passage of a fully-funded, long-term highway bill. We are taking the message to Congress that “Extensions are not Solutions,” and really pressuring our lawmakers to work together and invest in our infrastructure.  We sincerely appreciate all of your support in spreading the message to your colleagues, friends, and family.

Thank you all for your support in spreading this very important message that affects us all. Really quickly, I just want to point out a few updates that might interest you:

- Attached: Astec Mobile Screens open house Press Release

- Updated videos on our YouTube channel – including Rally for Roads speeches (URL below)

- New “facts” page on our website (URL below)

- Updated photos on Flickr and Facebook (URLs below)

Thank you again for all your help.  As always, if there are any questions I can answer, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Best Regards,

Andrew Gillman

http://blog.theroadconnection.org/

Astec Mobile Screens to Host The Road Connection

With some progress being made in Washington regarding a long-term highway bill, The Road Connection travels to the Midwest to stress the importance of this legislation for roads and bridges in the United States.

On April 13, 2012, Astec Mobile Screens will host an open house in conjunction with The Road Connection at its facility in Sterling, Illinois, to share that message.

The program will be held from 1–3:30 p.m., and will include video presentations, product demonstrations and various speakers. The schedule for the program is as follows:

1:00 – Welcome from Astec Mobile Screens

1:15 – Short video, presentation and speeches by The Road Connection

2:00 – Production presentation

2:30 – Networking and Discussions

3:15 – Final call for grand prize entries and drawing

Astec Mobile Screens is a supplier of screening solutions. The full line of products include mobile screening plants, portable and stationary screen structures and the PEP line of high frequency screens for the quarry, recycle, sand and gravel and other material processing industries. Astec Mobile Screens is a branding partner with Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. and Johnson Crushers International, Inc. Collectively, the three companies make up KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, a single-source solution for crushing, screening and material processing. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens is a primary sponsor of The Road Connection.

The Road Connection is a grassroots, non-partisan campaign, traveling the country for a year to advocate for a long-term, federal highway bill. The campaign believes that by passing legislation for improving U.S. roadways, not only will there be a positive effect on the nation’s infrastructure, but will also boost the struggling U.S. economy.

For more information about The Road Connection, please visit www.theroadconnection.org. To follow The Road Connection’s progress, visit blog.theroadconnection.org or facebook.com/theroadconnection.

See where The Road Connection is headed next

See where The Road Connection is headed next.

Get Connected and Stay Connected.

The Road Connection continues its travels across the country spreading our message. Check out our upcoming events where you can learn the latest news about the transportation bill and other important information related to the need for improved infrastructure.

Upcoming Events:

Road Machinery & Supplies Co. Open House, April 5
Join us from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. as Road Machinery & Supplies welcomes The Road Connection to their corporate headquarters. Event location: 5633 W. Highway 13, Savage, MN 55378. Lunch at noon and Special KPI FT4250 Crusher Demo at 1 p.m.
RSVP to Tyler Igou: tigou@rmseq.com

Astec Mobile Screens Open House, April 13
Tim Gonigam, President of Astec Mobile Screens invites The Road Connection for a shop tour and product presentations at their Sterling, IL location. Event is from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. with drinks, food, giveaways and a special presentation from The Road Connection. Event location is 2704 West Le Fevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081.
RSVP to Brenda Wescott: bwestcott@astecmobilescreens.com

Michigan Aggregates Association Annual Meeting, April 17 – 18
The Road Connection is headed to Kalamazoo, MI to continue spreading our message that infrastructure funding is a must. Don’t miss this event as Senator Tonya Schuitmaker will also give an update on what is going on during the legislative session. Make sure to stop by The Road Connection table to show your support. Event is located at the Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel. Click here for more information.

Get the details, tour schedule and see all the great sponsors and partners behind the cause at www.theroadconnection.org. And make sure you subscribe to our blog to check out what’s happening on the road.

See Where The Road Connection Is Headed Next…


Get Connected and Stay Connected.

The Road Connection continues its travels across the country spreading our message. Check out our upcoming events where you can learn the latest news about the transportation bill and other important information related to the need for improved infrastructure.

Upcoming Events:

Road Machinery & Supplies Co. Open House, April 5
Join us from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. as Road Machinery & Supplies welcomes The Road Connection to their corporate headquarters. Event location: 5633 W. Highway 13, Savage, MN 55378. Lunch at noon and Special KPI FT4250 Crusher Demo at 1 p.m.
RSVP to Tyler Igou: tigou@rmseq.com

Astec Mobile Screens Open House, April 13
Tim Gonigam, President of Astec Mobile Screens invites The Road Connection for a shop tour and product presentations at their Sterling, IL location. Event is from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. with drinks, food, giveaways and a special presentation from The Road Connection. Event location is 2704 West Le Fevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081.
RSVP to Brenda Wescott: bwestcott@astecmobilescreens.com

Michigan Aggregates Association Annual Meeting, April 17 – 18
The Road Connection is headed to Kalamazoo, MI to continue spreading our message that infrastructure funding is a must. Don’t miss this event as Senator Tonya Schuitmaker will also give an update on what is going on during the legislative session. Make sure to stop by The Road Connection table to show your support. Event is located at the Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel. Click here for more information.

Get the details, tour schedule and see all the great sponsors and partners behind the cause at www.theroadconnection.org. And make sure you subscribe to our blog to check out what’s happening on the road.

The Road Connection Gains Momentum in Memphis: National Pavement Expo 2012

The Road Connection continues its nine-month, non-partisan, grassroots campaign across the United States to talk about the importance of a long-term highway bill. Support for the cause was evident in Memphis at the 2012 National Pavement Expo.

The Road Connection team had an opportunity to talk with contractors, business owners, industry experts, and the media about the importance of a federal highway bill. Their message was well received at the Cook Convention Center, where the National Pavement Expo was held from February 16th-18th.

As part of their booth setup at trade shows, The Road Connection kiosk offers a feature where those interested in contacting their Congressional members can quickly and easily log on to The Road Connection website, and send letters to their specific Congressional members to alert them to the fact that legislation for a long-term federal highway bill is an important issue. Over 200 letters were sent to U.S. lawmakers from the National Pavement Expo, making it a huge success for The Road Connection campaign.

Members of The Road Connection had a chance to swap interesting stories with people in the road construction industry. One particular attendee, who preferred to remain anonymous, shared some eye-opening information with The Road Connection team. He said that there are towns in Mississippi that have absolutely no funding for roads, and they are actually ripping up paved roadways and going back to dirt roads to make them travelable. Curt Peterka, one of the drivers of the Road Connection truck responded, “Stories like these make our cause worthwhile. Hopefully we can make a real difference for this town in Mississippi and others like it across the United States,” he said.

The next stop for The Road Connection truck is the Georgia Crushed Stone tradeshow, in Atlanta, GA. Kevin Lentz, one of the key players on The Road Connection team will be speaking during the General Assembly on February 22nd, educating attendees about the benefits of a long-term highway bill. The Road Connection booth will be located adjacent to the registration area, where people will be able to learn about the campaign and send letters to Congress from the Road Connection kiosk.

For more information on The Road Connection, visit www.theroadconnection.org. To follow the campaign’s progress, visit www.facebook.com/theroadconnection or www.twitter.com/road_connection.