Work Zone Awareness Week Begins Today

Please help us get the message to as many motorists as possible to

Slow Down and Pay Attention when driving through Work Zones

 

There will be several coordinated events and press conferences
during Work Zone Awareness Week throughout the state.  Appreciation to all who attended the Press Conference in Mobile today.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9th we are asking as many people as possible to attend the Mobile City Council Meeting wearing safety vests/t-shirts to show your support for those who have lost their lives in work zones.
The meeting begins at 10:30 A.M. at the City County Complex.

Wednesday, April 10th has been designated as  “Wear Orange Day” in honor of those who have lost their lives in Work Zones.  We are asking members of all of our organizations to have their employees wear their safety vests or t-shirts to work on Wednesday! 


We are encouraging our members to host a Safety Stand Down, Tool Box Talk, 
or Safety Meeting
 anytime during the week to make their employees aware of the 
importance of driving safely and undistracted through work zones by providing them with a power point presentation  http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/

Each year we track the number of employees from Alabama 
who participate in this national event by asking them to register their stand down information to us:    http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/

Last year over 100,000 people were touched during the awareness campaign. 
Please help us get our message out to as many people as possible about the dangers of driving through work zones.

Please visit our Facebook page:   
https://mtouch.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2530717233623702&id=160135680681881
and help us Share the Importance of Driving Safely through Work Zones with as many people as possible.

Final Call for Entry for Safety Classes on Temporary Traffic Control and Trenching & Excavation

AGC and the University of Alabama OSHA Ed Center are working together to provide the following safety classes
during Work Zone Awareness Week.  Facilitating both of these classes will be Melissa Bonds.

If you are interested in participating in either class, please register immediately.  Classes are limited in size.

OSHA #7410 –Managing Excavation Hazards
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Click Link to view Details:  
Trenching and Excavation Flyer April 9, 2019

 

Temporary Traffic Control for Contractors MUTCD Part 6
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Click Link to view Details:  
MUTCD Course April 2019

For more information, please contact the AGC office:  251-344-8220  or staff@agcmobile.org

Reminder Press Conference TODAY April 8 2019 9:00 AM at ALDOTs Office Mobile AL

Please make every effort to attend this Press Conference at ALDOT’s office TODAY
Monday, April 8th
at 9:00 A.M. and show your support for Work Zone Safety!

 

 

Media Advisory


From
:        Mobile Section, AlabamaAGC
                   754 Downtowner Loop West   Mobile, AL  36609

                   251-344-8220 Office   251-610-6715
                   Contact:  Charlotte Kopf         charlotte@agcmobile.org

 

What:         National Work Zone Awareness Week Kick-off 
Press Conference with Alabama Department of Transportation Region Engineer Matt Ericksen
              

When:       Monday, April 8, 2019                   
                   9:00 A.M.

 

Where:      Alabama Department of Transportation Mobile Office  
                  1701 Beltline Hwy N. – Mobile, AL  36618
                  Training Room -  Building T

                  
April  8-12 is National Work Zone Awareness Week.

 

Please join us Monday, April 8th at 9:00 AM  at  Alabama Department of Transportation’s  Office in Mobile, as the Alabama Department of Transportation,  AlabamaAGC,  AGC’s Construction Leadership Council, Mobile and Baldwin County Road Builders Associations, and the Alabama Struck-By Alliance; City of Mobile Police Dept.,  ALEA,  Mobile County Sheriff’s Dept., and  Baldwin County Sheriff’s Dept. kick off Work Zone Awareness Week with a press conference to bring attention to the need for safe driving through work zones. “Drive Like YOU Work Here” is this year’s theme..

 

Each year the Alabama Struck-By Alliance, made up of approximately 20 organizations from around the state, reaches out to the public through an awareness campaign asking them to slow down and pay attention when entering a Work Zone.


Last month, in Mobile, AL  John G. Walton Construction Co., Inc. experienced a tragic work zone death of one of their employees, Clay Crutcher.  This tragedy brings up the importance of work zone safety and the need to bring awareness to motorists to SLOW DOWN and pay attention when driving through a work zone.


This is the second tragic work zone death John G. Walton Construction Co., Inc. has experienced in less than 4 years.   Owner John G. Walton lost his son to a work zone death in 2015.  Marshall Walton was only 25 years old.   
Following Marshall’s death, Johnny & Kathy Walton began a campaign to reinstate the vehicular homicide statute in the State of Alabama.  With the help of Senator Trip Pittman, Representative Chris Pringle, AGC Lobbyist Chris Williams, and the District Attorneys’ Association along with many friends in the industry the Walton’s worked hard to get a new version of the law passed.  After two years the “Marshall James Walton Worker Safety Act” was passed and signed into Law in April 2017 by Governor Ivey.    The law makes Vehicular Homicide a Class C Felony and is punishable by one to nine years in prison based on the severity of the crime. 

 

What will it take to get the public to slow down and pay attention when driving through a work zone?

There will be several coordinated events and press conferences
during Work Zone Awareness Week throughout the state,  in addition to Monday’s Press Conference in Mobile.  

Tuesday, April 9th we are asking as many people as possible to attend the 
Mobile City Council Meeting wearing safety vests/t-shirts to show their support for those who have lost their lives in work zones.

Wednesday, April 10th has been designated as  “Wear Orange Day” in honor of those who have lost their lives in Work Zones.  We are asking members of all of our organizations to have their employees wear their safety vests or t-shirts to work on Wednesday!  Also as part of this effort, the RSA towers in Mobile and Montgomery will be lit up in Orange on Wednesday evening.

We are encouraging our members to host a Safety Stand Down, Tool Box Talk, 
or Safety Meeting
 anytime during the week to make their employees aware of the 
importance of driving safely and undistracted through work zones by providing them with a power point presentation  http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/

Each year we track the number of employees from Alabama 
who participate in this national event by asking them to register their stand down information to us:    http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/

Last year over 100,000 people were touched during the awareness campaign.

We hope you will make an effort to join us for this Press Conference on 
Monday, April 8th at 9:00 AM at ALDOT’s office in Building T.
Please help us get our message out to as many people as possible about the dangers of driving through work zones.


Please visit our Facebook page:   https://mtouch.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2530717233623702&id=160135680681881
and help Share the Information on Work Zone Safety.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES BY 16,000 IN MARCH AND 246,000 FOR THE YEAR AS WEEKLY HOURS HIT NEW HIGH AND UNEMPLOYMENT A NEW LOW FOR MARCH

Please see the attached Press Release: CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES BY 16,000 IN MARCH AND 246,000 FOR THE YEAR AS WEEKLY HOURS HIT NEW HIGH AND UNEMPLOYMENT A NEW LOW FOR MARCH

Hiring Rebounds from Losses in February, Suggesting Demand for Construction Remains Strong; Association Calls for Career Training Funding and Immigration Reform to Continue Growth

 

Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in March and by 246,000 jobs, or 3.4 percent, over the past year, according to an analysis of new government data today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called on federal officials to double funding for career and technical training programs and facilitate immigration for workers with construction skills before a worker shortage stalls future infrastructure projects.

 

“Construction employment rebounded in March, indicating that the dip in February was probably related to extreme weather conditions and not the beginning of a slump,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “In fact, the construction industry has added jobs at twice the rate of the overall economy in the past year.”

 

Construction employment totaled 7,447,000 in March, an increase of 246,000, or 3.4 percent, since March 2018. The growth rate was double the 1.7 percent gain in total nonfarm payroll employment, the economist noted. Average hourly earnings in construction – a measure of all wages and salaries – increased 3.3 percent over the year to $30.45. That figure was nearly 10 percent higher than the private-sector average of $27.70.

 

“The average workweek in construction is at a record high for March and the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience is at all-time lows,” Simonson added. “These data suggest that contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers even though the industry pays better than the private sector as a whole.”

 

All construction industry employees averaged 39.9 hours of work per week in March, the highest March rate in the 14-year history of the series, Simonson observed. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed jobseekers whose last job was in construction totaled 490,000 in March, a steep decline from the 696,000 such workers in March 2018 and the lowest March total since the series began in 2000. The unemployment rate for those jobseekers amounted to just 5.2 percent, down sharply from the 7.4 percent rate a year earlier. The economist said the lack of experienced workers to hire results in longer-than-usual hours for short-handed construction crews.

 

In a survey the association released in January, more contractors reported they expect the dollar volume of projects available to bid on to expand than to shrink in 2019 in each of 13 project categories. In addition, 79 percent of respondents reported that they expect to add employees in 2019. However, nearly as many—78 percent—reported they were having trouble filling some positions and 68 percent said they expected that hiring would remain difficult or become harder.

 

Association officials said that growth in the construction industry was dependent on finding qualified construction workers and that a lack of skilled workers would hold back businesses and infrastructure projects. They called on federal officials to double investments in career and technical education programs to expose more high school students to construction opportunities and to allow a contractor to bring in foreign workers for specific projects when the firm can demonstrate it was unable to hire U.S. workers.

 

“Our member firms continue to worry about finding enough workers to fulfill the demand for construction.” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The only way to ensure that the construction industry continues to grow is to develop more skilled domestic workers that contractors need and to allow construction firms to seek qualified workers from outside the United States.”

 

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Action Alert: Support Composite Plan Adoption

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The nation’s multiemployer pension plan system is facing a crisis. Over 100 plans and a million participants’ retirement security are in jeopardy.

Various measures have been proposed to address the severe underfunding of these plans as well as the federal agency serving as their financial backstop - the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. However, one pension reform policy that should be enacted immediately is the authorization of composite plans.

A composite plan is a hybrid between a traditional defined contribution and a defined benefit plan. Composite plan legislation would be beneficial to the construction industry because:

The plan design would protect retirement savings from market downturns or other unforeseen circumstances;These plans provide lifetime income to participants and give employers certainty as to how much they must contribute to the plans; andThe plan design is tried, true, and trusted. In fact, a similar, successful model is utilized in Canada.

Taking action is easy! Simply submit the pre-written message and tweet as is to your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.
 

TAKE ACTION!

April 25-26 Southeast CFMA Conference

THE CAN'T-MISS CONFERENCE FOR CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGERS

You have no doubt been very aware of how changing market demands are forcing change on how you do business. You are needing to continually adjust your firms processes and business model to maximize growth, and to ensure the value of your business does not get eaten away by changing demands in the marketplace.

This Regional Conference offers ground breaking presentations from top industry Leaders, the opportunity to earn up to 14 CPE credits, and several fun and exciting social events that will allow you the opportunity to network with your peers in relaxed and casual settings.

Register Online Here

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 37 STATES BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2018 AND 2019; ONLY 16 STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN PAST MONTH AMID EXTREME WINTER WEATHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 22, 2019

CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org


 

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 37 STATES BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2018 AND 2019;

ONLY 16 STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN PAST MONTH AMID EXTREME WINTER WEATHER

Texas and West Virginia Have Biggest Number and Percent of Annual Job Gains as Louisiana and Maine Trail;

Georgia and Alaska Have Largest One-Month Gains, While Illinois, Delaware and Minnesota Experience Worst Losses

 

Thirty-seven states added construction jobs between February 2018 and February 2019, although construction employment increased in only 16 states between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said the slowdown may reflect the impact of widespread severe weather on construction last month as well as a growing shortage of qualified workers, and they urged federal officials to allow contractors to hire year-round construction guest workers while protecting American jobs and reducing incentives for individuals to enter the country illegally.

 

“Although job growth remains widespread on a year-over-year basis, the combination of exceptionally bad weather and record low unemployment in many states stopped the growth of construction jobs at least temporarily in February,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “The record number of job openings in construction reported in the government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for January shows that finding qualified construction workers is still a challenge.”

 

Texas added the most construction jobs over the year (22,700 jobs, 3.1 percent), followed by Florida (22,400 jobs, 4.2 percent), Arizona (16,500 jobs, 10.7 percent), West Virginia (16,000 jobs, 46.4 percent) and Georgia (14,600 jobs, 7.6 percent). West Virginia added the highest percentage of construction jobs over 12 months, followed by Nevada (11.7 percent, 10,200 jobs), Alaska (11.0 percent, 1,700 jobs), Arizona and Wyoming (10.1 percent, 2,000 jobs). Construction employment reached a record high in Oregon and Pennsylvania.

 

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs over the latest 12 months. The largest decline occurred in Louisiana (-5,500 jobs, -3.7 percent), followed by South Carolina (-3,800 jobs, -3.6 percent) and Missouri (-3,000 jobs, -2.4 percent). Maine had the steepest percentage loss of construction jobs over the 12-month period (-6.8 percent, -2,000 jobs), followed by Vermont (-5.8 percent, -900 jobs) and South Carolina.

 

Among the 16 states with one-month construction job gains between January and February, Georgia added the most (2,300 jobs, 1.1 percent), followed by Florida (1,900 jobs, 0.3 percent), Arizona (1,600 jobs, 1.0 percent), Pennsylvania (1,300, 0.5 percent) and Kentucky (1,000 jobs, 1.3 percent). Alaska added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month (3.0 percent, 500 jobs), followed by Kentucky, Georgia, New Hampshire (1.1 percent, 300 jobs) and Arizona.

 

Construction employment decreased from January to February in 33 states and D.C. and was unchanged in Vermont. California lost the most construction jobs for the month (-7,700 jobs, -0.9 percent). The largest percentage losses of construction jobs—3.0 percent—occurred in Delaware (-700 jobs) and Minnesota (-3,800 jobs).

 

Association officials said the record number of job openings in construction shows the urgency of allowing contractors to bring qualified guest workers into the country along with strict safeguards for American jobs and reduced incentives for individuals to enter the country illegally. They called on Congress and the president to enact legislation such as the recently introduced Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act.

 

“Contractors continue to struggle to find enough qualified workers to hire in order to keep pace with demand for construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Allowing employers to bring in guest workers for positions that can’t be filled otherwise is essential to keep the economy expanding.”

 

View the state employment data by rank and state. View the state employment map.

 

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 275 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM JANUARY 2018 TO JANUARY 2019; 39 AREAS EXPERIENCE CONSTRUCTION JOB LOSSES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 15, 2019

 

CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org


CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 275 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM JANUARY 2018 TO JANUARY 2019; 39 AREAS EXPERIENCE CONSTRUCTION JOB LOSSES

 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale and Chico, Calif. Have Largest Gains While San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. and Danville, Ill. Have Biggest Losses; Association Calls for Expanded Career Training Programs

 

Construction employment grew in 275, or 76 percent, out of 358 metro areas between January 2018 and January 2019, declined in 39 (11 percent) and was unchanged in 44, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said demand for construction in most parts of the country appears to be outstripping the supply of qualified workers to hire.

 

“While construction hiring remained very widespread through January, industry employment gains nationally slowed in February—possibly an indication that the pool of qualified workers has dried up in many markets,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “It will be hard to match this level of employment gains when the unemployment rate is setting new lows in much of the nation and job openings in construction are at all-time highs.”

 

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (12,300 jobs, 10 percent). Other metro areas adding a large amount of construction jobs during the past 12 months include Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (9,700 jobs, 8 percent); Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (8,500 jobs, 4 percent) and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (8,400 jobs, 6 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Chico, Calif. (25 percent, 900 jobs), followed by St. Cloud, Minn. (21 percent, 1,100 jobs); Midland, Texas (19 percent, 6,200 jobs) and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (18 percent, 5,900 jobs).

 

The largest job losses between January 2018 and January 2019 occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (-3,000 jobs, -6 percent), followed by Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (-1,900 jobs, -2 percent); Corpus Christi, Texas (-1,600 jobs, -6 percent) and San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif. (-1,300 jobs, -2 percent). The largest percentage decrease took place in Danville, Ill. (-20 percent, -100 jobs), followed by Bloomington, Ill. (-12 percent, -300 jobs); Niles-Benton Harbor, Mich. (-10 percent, -200 jobs) and Altoona, Pa. (-10 percent, -300 jobs).

 

Association officials said that the number of unemployed construction workers is at a series low and urged federal officials to boost investments in career and technical education. They warned that firms may not be able to keep pace with growing demand for construction unless more young adults are exposed to, and consider pursuing, high-paying careers in construction.

 

“Contractors in most parts of the country are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to keep pace with strong, and growing, demand for construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Expanding the number of high school programs that expose students to the fact construction is a rewarding career path will put more young adults into high-paying construction jobs.”

 

View the metro employment data, rankings, top 10, history and map.

 

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House Panel Weights Path Forward on Infrastructure Legislation

AGC Testifies before House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 
 

On March 13, Al Stanley—a current contractor member of the AGC of America Board of Directors from the Alabama AGC—testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit about the much-needed funding necessary to address the nation’s transportation and infrastructure needs, which especially includes the Highway Trust Fund’s revenue shortfall. Chairwoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called the hearing as the House begins to debate an infrastructure package and the need to reauthorize the federal aid-highway and transit programs. 

 

Stanley pointed out that not only is funding needed to address current poor road conditions, but also to advance transportation to the next level by modernizing the system. Stanley also addressed issues that slow construction of transportation facilities, including delays caused by railroad interfaces and relocating utilities. Stanley said that now is the time to act with bipartisan support in Congress and from the Administration. 

Registering Now for-Respiratory Fit Test, Audiometric and Spirometry Workshops!

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With the recent changes implemented to the OSHA Silica Standard, this workshop is applicable to any contractor with silica exposure and will walk participants through exercises and protocols to become a competent fit tester.  The workshop will be held on April 24 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Courtyard Marriott in Homewood, Alabama.  To register or obtain additional information, please see the attached flyer.

Construction Partners SteamRolls the Southeast

Construction Partners leadership team, from left, CFO Alan Palmer, CEO Charles Owens and Senior VP John Harper, who is also president of Wiregrass Construction.  Photo by Jay Hare

Construction Partners leadership team, from left, CFO Alan Palmer, CEO Charles Owens and Senior VP John Harper, who is also president of Wiregrass Construction. Photo by Jay Hare

The road to success for Construction Partners Inc. (CPI) is paved with strong leadership, a continued strategic growth plan in the Southeast and the ability to attract talented individuals.

CPI is one of the fastest-growing civil infrastructure companies in the United States, specializing in the construction and maintenance of roads in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. With corporate offices in Dothan, CPI was founded in 2001 and currently has about 2,000 employees, which is double the number employed by the company eight years ago.

Charles Owens, chief executive officer; Alan Palmer, chief financial officer, and Ned Fleming, executive chairman of the board and managing partner of SunTx Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm — all of whom are Wiregrass natives or have strong connections to the area — are CPI founding partners. In his role at SunTx, Fleming brought in the private equity partners who provided the initial capital to start CPI. All three men are still active in the business today.

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“We are happy to have our corporate offices in Alabama and Dothan,” says Owens. “There is a lot of excellent talent in Alabama and the Wiregrass area.”

In May 2018, CPI took another milestone step in its relatively short history when it became a publicly traded company. It is one of only a few public companies that specialize in road construction. CPI raised more than $100 million in its initial public offering in the spring, and its Class A common stock is now traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol ROAD.

“There is only so much money available to grow with private equity,” Palmer says. “We believe raising public money is the best route to create shareholder value and continue to grow the company.”

Thus far the strategy has proved to be successful, as CPI reported $680 million in revenue in fiscal year 2018, which ended September 30. The revenue was up from $568 million in fiscal year 2017, and the company target is $1 billion in revenue by 2022.

When CPI started 18 years ago, Owens and Palmer were certainly not embarking on a road less traveled in their careers. In fact, combined, the two of them have more than 60 years of experience in the road construction industry.

They both began their careers in the road construction industry with Couch Construction, a family-owned hot mix asphalt company in Dothan. In 1986, Couch was sold to Superfos, a Danish company. Superfos’ U.S. division headquarters remained in Dothan, with Owens serving as president and CEO and Palmer serving as CFO.

During their time at the helm of the U.S. division of Superfos, Owens and Palmer oversaw the acquisition and integration of more than three dozen companies. It propelled Superfos U.S. into one of the largest highway construction companies in the U.S. In 1999, Superfos U.S. was sold to Ashland Oil Co.

In 2001, the newly formed CPI purchased its first platform company in Florida — C.W. Roberts Contracting. The Florida company remains an integral subsidiary of the CPI family today. A year later, the company expanded into the Alabama market by purchasing Wiregrass Construction Co. Wiregrass Construction, like C.W. Roberts Contracting, is still a subsidiary handling all types of Alabama road construction projects. In its first two years of existence, the young company was off and running by literally opening new roads for growth.

CPI grew in Alabama and Florida during its first 10 years. The second decade has seen growth into Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“Our target growth area is the Southeast,” Palmer says. “However, if it made sense, we would look outside the Southeast.”

Palmer says Southeastern weather patterns allow for year-round project work. CPI’s acquisition history has included five platform companies in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, 11 bolt-on companies and seven greenfield expansions. Bolt-on companies and greenfield expansions are operated through the platform companies.

In addition, CPI operates 30 hot mix asphalt plants and nine aggregate facilities. The hot mix asphalt plants provide material to resurface roads, airport runways and commercial sites. CPI also sells asphalt from the hot mix plants to local customers in some of its markets. In fiscal year 2018, CPI produced 3.6 million tons of hot mix asphalt, which was up 12 percent over the prior year.

About 70 percent of CPI’s revenues come from public projects and includes local and state roads, interstate highways, airport runways and bridges. From a private perspective, CPI offers paving and site work services for residential subdivisions, office and industrial parks, shopping centers and local businesses.

Both Owens and Palmer believe the company will continue to grow, because there is a significant need for road resurfacing and adding additional lane capacity. There is an increasing demand due to deteriorating roads and rising investment by public customers, such as states, in the fastest growing region of the country.

“Our growth strategy is to continue buying existing family-owned companies,” Owens says. “There are a lot of family-owned civil construction companies with hot mix asphalt plants.” He also believes there are still a lot of families looking to retire and get out of the business, which will create more acquisition opportunities for CPI.

CPI managers pride themselves on building a good reputation as a “buyer of choice” among companies looking to sell, allowing them to acquire and integrate some 16 companies over the years.

“Our goal is to retain the local management team of companies we acquire and to keep day-to-day decision making at the local level, while standardizing key business practices and providing strategic leadership and insight from our senior management team,” says Owens.

“There are a lot of talented people who are experienced in this industry,” Palmer says. “By acquiring family-owned businesses, we give talented people an opportunity to advance in the company.”

John Harper, president of Wiregrass Construction and senior vice president of CPI, is an example of someone who has advanced in the company. He was recently named chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, which represents the interests of asphalt pavement material producers and paving contractors on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations.

As the company continues to grow, it is paving the way for talented individuals to keep CPI viable for years to come.

Mark Stewart and Jay Hare are freelance contributors to Business Alabama. Both are based in Dothan.

Rebuild Alabama Act signed by Governor Ivey

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Governor Kay Ivey signed the historic Rebuild Alabama Act into law yesterday, Tuesday, March 12, after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 28-6. We are grateful for all the hard work put in by the many stakeholder organizations toward this effort. 


Thank you continuing to represent every segment of the construction industry in an effort to improve Alabama’s construction environment. 


Alabama AGC was well represented in Montgomery during the special session and our thanks go out to Rep. Bill Poole, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Senator Clyde Chambliss and Senate President Pro Tem, Del Marsh for their hard work shepherding this legislation through the process.  And also for the support and dedication shown by Governor Kay Ivey and her team. 

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https://www.al.com/news/2019/03/ivey-says-alabama-gas-tax-increase-for-roads-marks-historic-day.html


Alabama Struck By Alliance

What is the Alabama Struck By Alliance?
Struck By Alliance Fact Sheet

Many firms, agencies, organizations and associations have begun participate annually during National Work Zone Awareness in an effort to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety as well as to mobility issues in work zones.  In Alabama, the activities include posting newsletter articles, giving poster presentations, conducting safety stand downs, and placing billboards alongside the highways. Many of these activities  are coordinated by the Alabama Struck By Alliance. The Alliance is an organization of business persons and governmental officials who share information and conduct activities to promote the safe travel and operations in and around the work zones along the highways in the state.

2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12, 2019.

Please join Alabama Struck By Alliance  in a statewide Safety Stand Down in recognition of
National Work Zone Awareness Week.

We are asking you to join us by hosting a safety meeting on one of the days during that week (or anytime during the month of April)  to make your employees aware of the importance that the  construction industry places on Work Zone SAFETY.

This year’s National focus is  “Drive Like YOU Work Here!”

The initiative is asking that we get the message of  the importance of
SAFE “Undistracted” driving through a Work Zone.

Your company may not be involved in building roads – BUT your
employees drive to and from work everyday; and many are driving
company vehicles.  Please ask that they Drive Safely through
Work Zones…and to always EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!!

In an effort to give OSHA an idea of how many employees participate in this National Event, we are asking that each company
to register using the attached registration form. It will not take more than a few moments
to fill out this form.  Click link to download:  2019 Struck By Safety Stand Down Registration Form

2019-NWZS-Tool-Box-Talk Revised March

Help us keep Safety as Our Number 1 Priority and
Help protect YOUR Employees
!