ARTBA chair Alger calls for permanent Highway Trust Fund revenue solution at House hearing

July 17th, 2019

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chair Bob Alger today called on Congress to increase investment in the transit Capital Investment Program (CIG) but said it is best achieved in the broader context of legislation that provides a permanent revenue solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Alger, chairman of Connecticut-based Lane Construction […]

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The 2019 state of the geosynthetics industry

April 1st, 2019

The U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market includes geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials. In 2018 the U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market grew in the low single-digit range and is expected to grow somewhat higher in 2019. Consolidation continues in geosynthetics market U.S. geosynthetic manufacturers will likely experience stiff […]

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Working together to advance geosynthetics

February 1st, 2019

Leadership, participation and collaboration are important to the success of any association. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) can attribute its growth in recent years to the many members, leaders and industry partners who volunteer their time to support the association’s mission. Read below to learn more about some of them and the programs they support. […]

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Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

October 5th, 2018

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week. […]

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GMA’s geosynthetic education offerings make a difference on campus and Capitol Hill

October 1st, 2018

August 2018 was a great month for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the industry at large. Banner legislation promoting innovative materials was introduced in Congress by friend of the industry Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. GMA members and industry educators met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to educate students about the importance of […]

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Geosynthetics and coal combustion residuals

October 1st, 2018

According to the World Bank Group, in 2015 coal produced 41% of the world’s energy and about 34% of the energy production in the United States. While global warming and pollution are serious challenges according to most scientific evidence, and coal burning is cited as one cause of both, there are many staunch advocates of […]

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ARTBA testifies to House committee against century-old rule ‘stifling’ innovation in transportation

September 7th, 2018

A 1916 rule enacted by President Woodrow Wilson’s administration is curbing 21st-century transportation innovations that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said in Sept. 5 testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, a 102-year-old federal […]

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Senators and House members introduce bill to spur use of innovative infrastructure materials, GMA plays key role

August 3rd, 2018

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced on Aug. 2 the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and deployment of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide. Investing in these new techniques and materials would help […]

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Talking geosynthetics with Congressman Bruce Westerman

August 1st, 2018

One of the few professional engineers in Congress, Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas pulls no punches when discussing the potential use of geosynthetics in federal infrastructure projects. “I think geosynthetics should be part of the toolkit,” Westerman said during a phone interview with Geosynthetics magazine on May 19. First elected to Congress in 2014 […]

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GMA on Wisconsin, waste containment and Lobby Day

August 1st, 2018

April and May were very active months for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA). Our membership coordinated an educational opportunity in the state of New York, made a lobbying trip to Wisconsin and supported Infrastructure Week by advocating for geosynthetics in the nation’s capitol. GMA heads to Wisconsin On Apr. 9, 2018, members of the GMA […]

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