AMA’s formation following a membership vote includes a new digital identity and website – alabamamining.org.
The mission of AMA is to promote the safe and sustainable mining of the natural resources that “strengthen our infrastructure and grow our economy for all Alabamians,” the news release said.
While the organization has a new name, existing members can expect the same level of unwavering focus on and tireless advocacy for their industry that the association has been known for since 1972, the release said.
“Whether you mine the stone, sand and gravel that strengthens our infrastructure, met coal exported to steelmakers around the world or the thermal coal that powers local industry, AMA is the partner that keeps you producing,” said Patrick Cagle, president of the Alabama Mining Association.
According to the release, the mining industry’s greatest responsibility is to “ensure the health and safety of our workforce and our neighbors in the local communities in which we operate.”
The organization said it will also work toward making the “sustainability and the stewardship of Alabama’s bountiful natural resources our priority and purpose.”
“AMA is enthusiastically leading the effort to bring the concept of sustainable mining to the United States and is the first state association to establish a sustainable mining program,” the release said.
“Mining is a very important part of our state’s economy, and I value the work that the Alabama Mining Association does to support this critical industry,” said Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said. “Their expansion to represent all mining operations will benefit the many companies who produce the construction aggregates used to build and improve our state’s important infrastructure and drive economic growth.”