The Looming Aggregate Supply Crisis – Causes and Solutions

    January 09, 2020
    6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
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    SUMMARY: Local aggregate suppliers are vital in providing low-cost materials that are integral to construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure projects, homebuilding, business development and our high quality of life.  However, as zoning and local land-use policies force producers further away from the point of use, the availability of quality aggregates is becoming a challenge and the cost of these raw materials is on the rise.  Public perception, regulatory restrictions, and specification requirements further inhibit the availability of quality aggregate.

    Pat Jacomet is the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) Executive Director.  He is a 30-year veteran in the aggregates, construction materials and testing industry.  After graduating from Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), Pat obtained a master’s degree from Ball State University before working for Bowser-Morner (Dayton, Ohio) for seven years as Supervisor of construction materials testing. Pat was then employed by Martin Marietta for seven years as Technical Engineer-Project Specialist for research and development and quality control prior to beginning with the OAIMA in 1999.  Pat works closely with the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio EPA, the Mine Safety and Health administration and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to ensure that Ohio’s mining industry remains a safe, environmentally conscious and community friendly part of Ohio’s economy.  

    Pat serves on the Board of Skills USA Ohio, Co-Chairs ASTM Subcommittee D 04.51 on aggregate specifications and is Co-Chair of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration’s Minerals Education Coalition. Pat was named NSSGA State Aggregate Association Director of the Year in 2014.  In 2019, he was appointed by Ohio Governor DeWine to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore for positively affecting economic development in Ohio.

    Brian P. Barger, of counsel, is an attorney at Eastman & Smith Ltd. In Columbus. His focus areas include Environmental, land use, natural resources, regulatory and zoning law.  He has experience representing clients both in court and before administrative agencies such as the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  With prior work experience at companies in the mining and gas industries, Brian Barger has been involved in lobbying as well as drafting legislation and administrative rules pertaining to the mining industry including drafting Ohio’s Great Lakes Compact regulatory program, updating and revising the laws pertaining to surface mining found in chapter 1514 of Ohio Revised code, and writing a number of revisions to county and township zoning laws found in chapters 303 and 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

    After earning his Bachelor at the Ohio State University, he went on to get his MBA and JD at University of Toledo.  In addition, Brian is an author and speaker.  In 2016, he was appointed by Ohio Governor Kasich to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore for positively affecting economic development in Ohio.

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