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CalCIMA Wins Big Award


The California Construction & Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) announces that the “entire CalCIMA membership” is awarded the 2012 Spirit of the Industry Award for their support of legislative efforts.

The Spirit of the Industry Award recognizes the “member or members who exemplifies the desire to advance the goals and objectives of the industry and demonstrates the energy and passion to strategically further the Association’s policy agenda.”

“The entire membership is highly deserving of this award for their outstanding efforts to participate and support the legislative efforts,” said Gary Hambly, CalCIMA’s president and CEO, in making the award presentation.

“Last year, Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) challenged our industry to get 40 members to a hearing on AB 812 if we want to increase the allowable amount of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) to 40 percent. Well, not only did 40 industry members testify, but members continuously were testifying at hearings, meeting with legislators, and writing letters of support throughout the year,” said Hambly.

“CalCIMA members are asked for a high level of participation with legislation. This means meeting with legislators, asking legislators to author and co-author bills, and asking legislators to lead floor debates. It means writing letters and making calls, sometimes as much as a half-dozen times for a single bill,” said Hambly.

In the recently concluded 2011-2012 session of the California Legislature, CalCIMA sponsored nine bills and seven were enacted into law. The legislation addressed mineral resource protection, right-to-mine, mineral access, idle mines, truck safety, recycling, and weigh scale automation.

CalCIMA is a trade association for aggregate, ready mixed concrete, and industrial mineral producers in California. The members of CalCIMA provide the local materials to build roads, bridges, hospitals and schools, and support agricultural and manufacturing industries in California. In all, CalCIMA’s membership includes over 500 production facilities.

The award was announced at the recent 2012 CalCIMA Education Conference in Rancho Mirage.