GMA members make Capitol Hill connections

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23 meetings with lawmakers to promote geosynthetics, infrastructure initiatives, and new separation study.

More than two dozen GMA members met with U.S. representatives, senators, and their staffs in February. The annual GMA Lobby Day Feb. 16 echoed themes of infrastructure, transportation, public works, and ways that geosynthetic materials could be used in those projects.

One-third of the sessions were with members who are on transportation, infrastructure, and public works committees, including: Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Most of the meetings also included positive responses in aiding GMA’s Geotextile Separation/Interlayer Study.

In attendance for GMA were: John Henderson (TenCate), chairman of the GMA Executive Council; Boyd Ramsey (GSE); Frank Hollowell, Jason Lamers, and Brian Whitaker (Fiberweb); Frank Pace and Steve Thaxton (Propex); Archie Filshill (CETCO); Fred Chuck and Ken Collins (TenCate); Ed Silva (Ronald Mark & Assoc.); Davis Taylor (Thrace-LINQ); Gresham Barker (Belton); Sarah Hyland (IFAI); and GMA Managing Director Andrew Aho.

Representing the firms Whitmer & Worrall and Kemp Partners were: Martin Whitmer, Tom Worral, Jimmy Kemp, Rob Houton, Rudy Barry, and Jeff Loveng.

Ron Bygness is the editor of Geosynthetics. Andrew Aho is the managing director of the Geosynthetic Materials Association.

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