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NSA, NAA merger goes ahead

THE National Stone Association (NSA) and the National Aggregates Association (NAA) have agreed to a merger that will create a new organization representing more than 90% of the crushed stone and 70% of the sand and gravel produced annually in the US. The associations expect to complete the merger by 31 December 2000.

According to the NSA and NAA, combining the two associations will provide additional services to the entire industry, give them greater credibility and enhance their ability to speak with one voice to all levels of government and the public.

NSA chairman Kim W. Snyder, president of Eastern Industries Inc., said: 'We are genuinely excited about the prospect of joining forces with the NAA so that we can leverage our strengths and speak with one voice.'

The merged organization will be headquartered in new offices recently leased by the NSA in Arlington, Virginia. Joy Wilson, current president of the NSA, will serve as president and CEO of the new organization, while Charlie Hawkins, current president of the NAA, will serve as executive vice-president and COO.

'This merger marks one of the most dynamic actions taken by this industry to continue to ensure its success in the future. The new association will solidify our strength and visibility in Washington DC, and in the states,' commented NAA chairman Michael E. Hayes, president of Aggregate Industries Management Inc. 

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