BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
Southwest Scaffolding
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
June 9, 2012 8:00 AM CDT

Energy on The Hill

For the record


MCAA members and industry professionals listen to guest speakers during the conference.

MCAA members and industry professionals listen to guest speakers during the conference.
They say some cities have a heartbeat. I believe Washington, D.C., is one of those cities. When I visit D.C., I feel as if I am visiting an old friend. It's a familiar place, but never stagnant. The monuments stay the same, but the city's vibe changes from year to year. Of course, politics dictate a lot, connected to our economy and even bigger world issues.

Last month, members of the MCAA and many masonry industry professionals converged on our nation's capital, and the vibe was, once again, different from the year before. This year, the air was thick with a feeling of hope that our industry is coming back. I can tell you, it's a wonderful feeling. We all can breathe a little easier, knowing the construction industry's heart is beating more briskly.

With the help of The Keelen Group and the enthusiasm of our industry key players, I am positive that masonry left a mark on The Hill this year. Any politician will tell you that a visit paid to your congressman's office to voice your opinion on various bills (existing or proposed) that affect your industry truly is invaluable. Sitting down with an elected official puts you in the center of the decision-making process, which plays out through votes cast in the future. Our presence in Washington, D.C., matters.

Our industry makes me proud. We are serious about protecting the best interests of the mason contractor, and we walk the walk, every year, in D.C. I hope next year, you'll join us to make a difference on The Hill.

Originally published in Masonry magazine.

About the Author

Jennifer Morrell was the editor of Masonry magazine. She has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as a writer and editor, covering such topics as real estate and construction, insurance, health care, relationships and sports. A graduate of The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazines and is an award-winning newspaper columnist.


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