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NOV 2012

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IN THE KNOW Port Authority Association, ARTBA Sign Partnership The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) are joining forces to buildgreater awareness of the need to significantly boost federal investment in the na‐ tion's ports and waterways infrastructure. The two groups signed a memorandum of cooperation October 24 during AAPA's annual meeting in Mobile, Ala. The agreement calls for each group to participate in the other's committee meetings and policy discussions, share technical best practices, exchange information through newsletters and reports, and jointly lobby Congress on pending legislation that impacts ports and waterways. "Investing in freight‐handling infrastructure is an essen‐ tial, effective utilization of limited federal resources," said Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of AAPA. "We look forward to this enhanced relationship with ARTBA, and to combining thestrength of all our freight partners, to ensure port‐related infrastructure is a priority whenever federal transportation policy and funding decisions are‐ being considered." ARTBA has been involved in port advocacy for several years. In early 2011, the association launched its Ports & Waterways Council (PWC), composed of members of the engineering, heavy construction, material and supply, and dredging industries whose core mission is to develop and advocate consensus transportation design and construction policy positions, recommendations and programs aimed at growing a well –funded and efficient infrastructure market for the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS). In Febru‐ ary 2012, the PWC submitted written testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Select Revenue Measures and Oversight calling for increased growth and investment in the nation's MTS. "With growing emphasis on the need to expand the na‐ tion's freight system and calls to double the nation's ex‐ ports, the time is right for ARTBA and AAPA to ensure that one of the most vital links in America's transporta‐ tion network maintains a strong voice at the policy mak‐ ing table," said Pierce Homer, transportation director with Moffatt & Nichol, who also serves as co‐chair of ARTBA's PWC. The deal will build greater awareness of the need to signifi- cantly boost federal investment in the nation's ports and water- ways infrastructure. Established 110 years ago, the Washington, D.C.‐based ARTBA is the "consensus voice" of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, White House, news media and general public. On behalf of its 5,000+ public and private sector members, ARTBA advocates for strong investment in the nation's highway, bridge, rail, airport, port and waterway infra‐ structure systems. Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 150 of the lead‐ ing seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an in‐ terest inseaports. Amherst Quarries Sold to Walker Industries Niagara, Ontario, Canada‐based Walker Industries Holdings Ltd. pur‐ chased Amherst Quarries, which has two locations, one located south of Windsor, Ontario, the other in the town of Amherstburg. Approximately 25 employees work for the company. "This acquisition gives Walker a foot‐ print in the aggregates business in Southwestern Ontario," said Ken Lucyshyn, the company's vice‐presi‐ dent responsible for aggregates and construction. 12 ROCKproducts • NOVEMBER 2012 "We are looking to grow our aggre‐ gates division by acquiring new busi‐ nesses and expanding our existing ones. We're interested in pursuing op‐ portunities which allow us to expand geographically or replace depleting aggregate resources." Walker Industries was established in 1887 and has been owned by five gen‐ erations of the Walker family. The Walker group of companies includes aggregates, construction, emulsions, environmental project management, waste management, renewable energy projects and green building. They em‐ ploy more than 400 workers. Walker Aggregates has 10 operations in the Niagara, Simcoe and Grey County areas. Acquisition gives Walker a footprint in the aggregates business in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. PRODUCER NEWS ASSOCIATION NEWS FAST FACT FAST FACT

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