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MAR 2019

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14 • ROCK products • March 2019 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW FAST FACT The association's new chairman is Bob Weldon, president of Weldon Materials Inc., Westfield, N.J. Materials Inc., based in Westfield, N.J. He is the fifth generation to run the family business. "Our products feel indispensable," Weldon said. "You cannot build a road or bridge without aggregates. Our highways cannot be paved without our materials. Schools and hospitals cannot serve their communities unless they're built with our materials. We provide good paying jobs for the people of the communities in which we operate. We all know people who have worked in our companies as long as we have – they're like family to us. We couldn't think of doing our jobs without them. They're indispensable, and over the next 12 months, I want to work toward having NSSGA seen the same way by you." Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and chief executive, reminded the crowd that every aggregates company is needed to get a major, federal infra- structure investment across the finish line this year. "The time is now. A collective commit- ment and bipartisan compromise are essential to finally making the much overdue and badly needed investment required if the U.S. is going to continue to be the strongest economy and the most secure nation in the world," John- son stated. The 2019 convention featured two keynote speakers, Byron Reese and Rich Kargaard. "The thing about progress is that things always get better," said Reese, CEO of tech research company Gigaom. "What- ever time, wherever in the world and by any measure of success, things are better now than they were back then." That's because technology continues to double, he explained. Technological innovations are focused, in the simplest sense, on solving technical issues. Reese counted aging, poverty, hunger and aging as technical issues that could be solved with the right innovation. Kargaard, Forbes publisher, said that the industry should look to "late bloomers" to fill employment gaps. Northwestern Mutual, for example, identified athletes from Division 3 colleges, military veterans, first generation Americans CST Industries | 903 E 104th Street, Suite 900 | Kansas City, MO 64131 | 844-44-TANKS FLAT-PANEL JACK-BUILT STORAGE SOLUTION FULL LINE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO TO OFFER THE RIGHT SOLUTION, EVERY TIME CST is the only tank manufacturer in the world that provides a flat-panel jack-built tank, a chime panel scaffold built tank and factory welded tank designs, all capable of safely and economically being installed on every diverse site imaginable. World-Class Coatings with OptiBond TM Coating Process 125 Years of Experience EMR Rate of .68 350,000 Installations in over 125 Countries W O R L D R E C O G N I Z E D L E A D E R I N D R Y B U L K S T O R A G E TECTANK CP ™ WELDED Optimized Design – Reduced Hardware Required/Reduced Penetration Points Industry Leading Gasket – Leak Proof Design Heavy Duty Jacking System – Proof Load Tested and PE Stamped Preconfigured Models Available – Lead Time Within 10 Weeks of Order CST OptiBond™ Proprietary Coating – Ensures Best Quality Available Faster Construction Time – 20% Faster Than Chime, 30% Faster Than Welded ¨ TECTANK FP ®

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