Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2017

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58 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JUL-SEP 2017 JOURNAL A T T E N D E E S S H A R E T H E I R T H O U G H T S O N T H E D . C . S I T D O W N S : T I M H A R R I S O N P re s i d e n t H a r r i s o n C o n s t r u c t i o n " T h i s wa s m y f i r s t t r i p t o D . C . f o r a p o l i t i c a l n a t u re , a n d I f e l t i t we n t re a l l y we l l . We m e t w i t h s i x o u t o f s eve n o f o u r H o u s e re p re s e n t a t i ve s a n d b o t h o f o u r s t a t e s e n a t o r s . T h ey we re a l l ve r y i n t e re s t e d i n w h a t we h a d t o s ay. We d i s c u s s e d a n u m b e r o f t o p i c s , s u c h a s t h e n e e d f o r t h e re p e a l o f D o d d - F ra n k , c ra f t t ra i n i n g a n d i m m i g ra t i o n . B e f o re I we n t I wo n d e re d w h a t t y p e o f i m p a c t we c o u l d m a ke , b u t I l e f t t h e re f e e l i n g we we re re a l l y a b l e t o p u t a s p o t l i g h t o n s o m e a re a s t h a t n e e d e d i t . I t h i n k we m a d e a d i f f e re n c e . " A L L E N M CC A I N P re s i d e n t B r i g h t F u t u re E l e c t r i c " I t h i n k t h i s t r i p wa s ve r y b e n e f i c i a l a n d p o s i t i ve . O u r s t a t e re p re s e n t a t i ve s a p p e a re d t o u n d e r s t a n d a n d s h a re o u r c o n c e r n s , a n d a l l o f o u r t o p i c s we re f avo ra b l y re c e i ve d by t h e m . I t wa s o bv i o u s t h ey a re wo r k i n g o n o u r b e h a l f. We g o t a ve r y g o o d f e e l i n g t h a t t h i n g s a re m ov i n g i n t h e r i g h t d i re c t i o n . I ' m c a u t i o u s l y o p t i m i s t i c t h a t t h e b e n e f i t s t o t h e b u s i n e s s i n d u s t r y w i l l b e p o s i t i ve . " J I M CO O P E R O w n e r C o o p e r C o n s t r u c t i o n " I ' m ve r y p l e a s e d w i t h t h e re l a t i o n s h i p w i t h h ave w i t h o u r s t a t e d e l e g a t i o n . T h e d i a l o g u e we h ave w i t h t h e m i s re a l a n d h o n e s t . T h ey n e e d t o h e a r f ro m u s , a n d t h ey a re p ay i n g a t t e n t i o n t o o u r c o n c e r n s . We t a l ke d a b o u t h e a l t h c a re , t a x re f o r m , P L A s , D o d d - F ra n k a n d t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f c ra f t t ra i n i n g a n d a p p re n t i c e s h i p t ra i n i n g , j u s t t o n a m e a f ew. T h e s e a n n u a l m e e t i n g s a re s o i m p o r t a n t b e c a u s e we h ave t o c o m e t o g e t h e r a n d wo r k t o g e t h e r t o c re a t e sy n e rg y a c ro s s t h e b o a rd . We a re m a k i n g a d i f f e re n c e w i t h t h e s e t r i p s . T h i s wa s o u r s e c o n d o n e o f t h e ye a r, a n d we w i l l b e g o i n g b a c k a g a i n i n t h e f a l l . I ' m exc i t e d b e c a u s e e a c h v i s i t g e t s b e t t e r a n d b e t t e r. " A B C O F A L A B A M A D . C . F LY- I N A T T E N D E E S : JIM COOPER // Cooper Construction ROBIN SAVAGE // Robins & Morton OSCAR PRICE // Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt DAVID PUGH // Bradley ALLEN MCCAIN // Bright Future Electric DEEPA BHATE // Building & Earth Sciences BEN PATRICK // BL Harbert International JOHN BAKER // Thompson Engineering TIM HARRISON // Harrison Construction TIM HIGHTOWER // Southern Carpet, Hardwood & Tile JR MORAN // Brasfield & Gorrie A B C N O R T H A L A B A M A D . C . F LY- I N A T T E N D E E S DAVID WILKINSON // Reed Contracting WILLIE LAFAVOR // Contractor Service & Fabrication KERRICK WHISENANT // Limestone Building Group TIFFANY BRIGHTWELL // North Alabama Chapter President PICTURED WITH VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE IS DAVID PUGH OF BRADLEY

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