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PCA appoints new Vice President of Public Affairs

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The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has named Mark J. Anderson as the new Group Vice President of Public Affairs, effective 17 February 2014. Anderson will be the main PCA government affairs representative, responsible for the overall direction and execution of legislative and regulatory initiatives in support of the Association’s advocacy and promotion.

“Mark will take the lead in shepherding the association’s legislative and regulatory efforts and in developing key policies and strategies,” said Gregory M. Scott, PCA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With more than 20 years experience on the Hill as a lobbyist and congressional staffer, his leadership and strategic experience is unparalleled.”

Anderson has extensive experience in advocacy activities, particularly in the areas of trade, manufacturing and energy. From 1999 – 2006 Anderson served in a variety of legislative leadership roles, including Senior Policy Advisor to then Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), Legislative Director for Congressman Terry and Legislative Director to Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). Following this, Anderson created and executed several successful lobbying strategies on transmission line permitting, energy production and climate change issues as a Manager for Federal Affairs at Southern California Edison's Washington DC office.

Subsequently, Anderson was employed as a Senior Advisor for Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in Washington, DC, managing client relationships with energy, telecom, environment, agriculture and consumer product clients. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff for Representative Lee Terry (R-NE), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT).

US cement industry

The latest USGS Mineral Industry Survey revealed that cement shipments for the January – November 2013 period rose by around 4% y/y to 76.9 million t. Clinker production during January – November 2013 also saw a 4% y/y increase to 64.7 million t.

PCA’s Chief Economist, Ed Sullivan, forecast 8% growth in US cement production in 2014, driven by demand in residential, nonresidential and public construction. GDP growth of approximately 3 – 4% in 2014 is also anticipated.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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