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Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Pavement
The Local Paving Division of NRMCA is pleased to announce the seminar topics for the Paving Promotion Track at the upcoming ConcreteWorks 2016 Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
Association & Industry News
Join the RMC Research & Education Foundation for a Walk for Wellness on Sunday, September 18, at 8:30 a.m. (registration beginning at 8 a.m.). This year, the walk will take place in conjunction with the  NRMCA’s Annual Truck Mixer Driver Championship, starting and ending at the course. This popular event will continue to emphasize the importance of health within the concrete industry while also supporting the participants of the Mixer Driver Championship. Your participation is a tremendous opportunity to support this initiative and the Foundation at the same time. Registration is $25 per walker.

Please click here for more information and to register or contact Jennifer LeFevre at jlefevre@rmc-foundation.org or 240-485-1151.
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
Media articles on Congress, transportation infrastructure, regulation, taxes and other subjects, each of which relate to the ready mixed concrete industry, are updated each week by NRMCA's Government Affairs staff. To access the most recent compilation of articles for August 22-25, 2016, please click here.
 
If you would like to receive this weekly updated link in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments about the roundup, contact NRMCA’s Jill Landry at jlandry@nrmca.org.
NRMCA urges you to contact your U.S. House of Representative and tell him or her to cosponsor HR 3397, the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act.
Buildings
In a unanimous decision, the Sandy Springs (GA) City Council instituted a permanent ban on all light-framed combustible construction in order to preserve the safety of their constituents that inhabit and work in buildings above three stories and exceed 100,000 square feet. In the ordinance, the Council stated that it wished to institute a requirement for construction with enhanced quality materials that increase the durability and longevity of the buildings.
Please join NRMCA's John Loyer, senior director of state and local government affairs and Tien Peng, vice president of sustainability, codes and standards, on Monday, September 19, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., in Nashville at ConcreteWorks for a session that will present the strategies and tactics you can take to introduce legislation and regulations at the state level that can favor concrete construction. It will present the tools and resources available from NRMCA, including lobbying advice, bill writing, outreach and coalition building. NRMCA has a library of model legislations to address fire safety, resilience and sustainability, each of which place concrete in a favorable position.
 
The session will also provide recommendations for defeating legislation that is detrimental to concrete at the state and local level and tie directly into NRMCA’s Build with Strength campaign that provides resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient construction, including model legislation, talking points, public relations and other key strategies.
 
Click here to learn more and to register for ConcreteWorks. To learn more about how NRMCA can assist in state advocacy, please contact John Loyer at 703-675-7603 or jloyer@nrmca.org.
NRMCA Producer member Chandler Concrete of Wilmington, NC, recently held a sales meeting to engage its team on NRMCA's Build with Strength campaign.
Are you tired of the constant drumbeat of why wood is better than concrete? Then join NRMCA’s Lionel Lemay, senior vice president of structures and sustainability and Brett Ruffing, senior director, communications and public affairs, for the BuildwithStrength campaign, on Tuesday, September 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Nashville at ConcreteWorks for this deep dive into NRMCA’s Build with Strength initiative and learn how you can deliver a consistent message about concrete’s strength, durability, safety and long-term value. The session will provide you with an understanding of the needs of different decision maker groups and how to provide them with information they need to make concrete the material of choice for their next building project. It will look at the tools available to you such as the Concrete Design Center, education programs, fact sheets, case studies, videos and presentations and how to use them to your advantage.

Click here to learn more and register for ConcreteWorks. Click here to learn more about NRMCA’s building promotion program or contact Lionel Lemay at LLemay@nrmca.org or 847-918-7101.
Please join NRMCA's James Bogdan, senior director of sustainability initiatives and Tien Peng, vice president of sustainability, codes and standards, on Monday, September 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Nashville at ConcreteWorks.
The Portland Cement Association just published a research paper addressing the carbon footprint claims of the wood industry which has long held the environmental benefits of cutting down carbon-absorbing trees and building with carbon-sequestering wood products
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
OES
The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, published guidance and a final rule, respectively, requiring all prospective federal government contractors and subcontractors to disclose labor law violations before a federal contract can be awarded.
Late last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a joint rule to create a new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) to require "all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds," such as ready mixed concrete mixer trucks, to be equipped with speed limiting devices. While the agencies are proposing speed limiters on all new trucks, they have not proposed a specific speed the units should be programmed to. The agencies have, however, suggested maximum speeds of either 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour; although other speeds could be examined as well.
Following a two-day session last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Medical Review Board issued recommendations after examining obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its relation to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, such as ready mixed concrete mixer truck drivers. While the Medical Review Board doesn’t hold any regulatory power to mandate the recommendations, this is the latest development in the efforts by both FMCSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to craft new regulations for testing and treatment of OSA for CMV drivers and train conductors.
To facilitate your planning processing, please note the following classes are open for registration.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company
Engineering
The following are recently-posted technical reports on pavements:
McInnis USA, Inc. Xypex Chemical Corp

 

Education & Training
As this incredible sales year kicks into the last quarter, NRMCA will offer two Webinars to get ready for 2017. The price is a bargain and you lose no time being away from the action in your market. Both are open for registration.
Calendar
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

September 18 - 20, Nashville, TN
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks 2016
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
September 26 - 28, Seattle
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 4 - 7, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 11, Webinar
Recruiting & Hiring Top Performing Ready Mix Sales Reps
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 11 - 13, Indianapolis
NRMCA Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 12 - 14, Online Class 
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 7 - 11, Silver Spring, MD
Annual "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 29 - December 1, Orlando, FL
Environmental Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

December 6, Webinar 
Sales Performance Assessments and Reviews...for Ready Mix Sales Managers
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 6 - 8, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 13 - 16, Anaheim, CA
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
2017
 
January 10 - 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 17 - 19, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 24 - 26, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 4 - 6, Las Vegas, NV
Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

March 7 - 11, Las Vegas, NV
CONEXPO- CON/AGG
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 21 - 23, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
Continental Mixers CarbonCure Technologies Inc.