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newsandviews What it Takes to Produce CCIA President Material producers have a valued and diverse group of responsibilities that sometimes goes unnoticed. They not only manage their day-to-day operations, they actively participate in many industry-wide initiatives. Operating in a highly-regulated industry, it’s no surprise that they are aggressive advocates for the construction industry. Participating in a competitive marketplace, they are effective promoters of their products. Advocacy and promotional efforts in the construction industry are not easy. There are many challenging issues facing every producer. Compliance with environmental, health, and safety issues is at the core of any successful material producer’s operations. Research and education are ongoing to address the owners’ and designers’ needs for more sustainable products; and updating curriculum for certification and training programs for engineers, inspectors, and contractors to ensure proper handling, sampling, and testing of materials. Government affairs initiatives cover a vast scope of policy and funding issues on the national, state, and local levels. These are time-intensive endeavors. Three national associations are constantly working on issues related to the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and OSHA regulations; EPA air and water regulations; and equipment emissions standards that effect material producers. They are advancing new products and applications that are not only environmentally friendly, but sustainable and offer greater performance. They also work on initiatives to advance legislation that supports the industry. A fine example of material producers that show the extra effort are The L. Suzio/York Hill Companies. They are family owned and operated businesses that take industry leadership seriously, and are well-regarded for By Donald Shubert their advocacy efforts on behalf of the entire aggregates, concrete and asphalt industries. When it comes to the sand, stone, and gravel sector, Cheryl Suzio serves on the Executive Committee for the National Sand Stone & Gravel Association. Covering the ready mixed concrete business, Ric Suzio serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. For the asphalt pavement side, Len Suzio serves on the Board of Directors for the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Suzios are industry leaders on the state level as well. Len, President of the Connecticut Asphalt & Aggregate Producers Association, was instrumental in affiliating CAAPA with CCIA, which led to the industry holding quarterly meetings with ConnDOT and working with the Department to revise the asphalt pavement specification. Much of Ric’s nine-year tenure as President of the Connecticut Ready Mixed Concrete Association went to working with ConnDOT on the revised Concrete for Structures specification. Even as the discussions under certain provisions came down to the very end, and Ric had passed the leadership to Kevin Miller of Tilcon Connecticut Inc., Ric played a pivotal role as the industry representative in the meetings. In the materials industries, advocacy and coordination with all levels of government is very important. That work is fundamental to maintaining the balance between meeting the owner’s needs and getting the best performance out of the available products, all while operating efficiently and controlling costs. The specifications and practices used in the public sector are often adopted into other construction contracts. The time spent developing the standards and tolerances for material and applications is essential to the success of many construction projects. It’s not an easy endeavor. The meetings and initiatives are often technical and controversial. It’s detailed and precise work making sure that the requirements and provisions in specifications, regulations, and legislation are right. While perfecting that part of the equation, in today’s marketplace, innovation and promoting the right material for the right application is also essential to any successful project. As with many things in construction, there’s a lot more behind that ton of asphalt or yard of concrete than meets the eye. Many levels of leadership go into every load of material. That’s just the beginning. Please read more about what’s involved in this edition. CONNstruction / Winter 2012 / 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2012

What it Takes to Produce
‘Green’ Product Enhances State Capitol
Construction Labor Supply
Lean Construction: Continuous Improvement Comes to Construction
Road Warriors
Challenges and Opportunities
Better Quality Control
Quality Assurance for Project Produced Construction Materials
AGC of Connecticut Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
2012 Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
CEUCA 2012 Annual Meeting & Fall Dinner Program
CCIA/AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Winter 2012