16 October 2018
16 October 2018
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
The legislation will advance the study and deployment of projects which utilise cutting edge materials and techniques which speed up construction and are more resilient to flooding and corrosion.
The roundtable was led by the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island and featured discussions by Rep. David Cicilline, Peter Alviti, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, as well as representatives from ACMA, University of Rhode Island and Goetz Composites.
MJ Carrabba, Associate Director of Government Affairs at ACMA, attended the event.
"ACMA is very proud to be working with Senator Whitehouse, Congressman Cicilline and their fellow co-sponsors on the IMAGINE Act,” he says. “This legislation creates a pathway to deploy 21st century construction solutions, like strong and lightweight composites, to rebuild American infrastructure to meet new demands and create opportunity for manufacturers in Rhode Island and around the country to thrive."
Introduced this past summer, the bill fosters bipartisan cooperation on infrastructure development.
"All groups and companies in the innovative infrastructure space need to work together to build as much support as possible to the IMAGINE act,” states Tom Dobbins ACMA President and CEO. “ACMA members were recently in Washington recruiting co-sponsors during a legislative fly-in and will be doing so again in February. By working together, we can achieve opportunity for our industries and, even more importantly, a stronger and more resilient American tomorrow."
Photo provided by ACMA
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