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Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Pavement
NRMCA joined forces with the American Concrete Pavement Association's (APWA) Colorado Wyoming Chapter in sponsoring a booth at the 3rd Annual APWA Colorado Chapter Conference held on November 7-8 in Arvada, CO, reports NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Don A. Clem, PE. The conference, which focused on innovation, drew over 210 public works professionals from throughout Colorado. The program featured high level presentations from transportation leaders, including the executive directors of the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation District. The booth was staffed by Clem, Angela Folkestad, PE, executive director, ACPA CO/ WY, and Jamie Johnson, PE, paving engineer, ACPA CO/ WY.

For more information, contact Don A. Clem, PE, dclem@nrmca.org.
Association & Industry News
  
It is with sadness that NRMCA notes the recent death of Jerry Woods, a longtime industry advocate who served with distinction at both the Iowa and Illinois ready mixed concrete associations along with the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Woods, 78, died November 11 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Last week at the Washington Aggregates & Concrete Associations’ (WACA) educational Winter Workshop in Spokane, NRMCA President Robert Garbini discussed the Build with Strength campaign to promote concrete building systems through communications, direct project promotion, education and advocacy. Tien Peng, NRMCA’s vice president of sustainability, then discussed the significant changes to LEED v4, how concrete contributes to green building and recent developments in the cement industry. Approximately 40 industry professionals from the Pacific Northwest as well as local government agency representatives attended.
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
Propelled by record fundraising efforts, CONCRETEPAC was able to invest a record-breaking $423,500 to 122 pro-ready mixed concrete candidates in 42 states for the U.S. House and Senate by Election Day.  A Post Election Report can be found here. CONCRETEPAC enjoyed a 95% win rate and is excited to welcome back many of our Congressional Champions when the 115th Congress begins in January. A complete disbursement listing from the 2015-2016 Election Cycle can be found here and the CONCRETEPAC Election Scorecard here.
 
For more information, contact NRMCA’s Cara Gavagan at cgavagan@nrmca.org.
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 November 7-11, 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 Kerri Leininger at kleininger@nrmca.org.
On November 14, the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015 (HR 985) passed without objection in the House. This marks the first time the concrete masonry industry has been successful in getting a vote on this bill. It was introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-02-KY) and lead cosponsor Rep. Kathy Castor (D-14-FL) and would authorize concrete masonry to conduct an industry-wide referendum establishing a commodity check-off program which would be sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Commerce
NRMCA is now accepting entries for its 2017 Kids Art Contest, sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. The theme for the contest is "Build with Strength - Building to Withstand the Test of Time." The contest is open to children up to grade 12 who have a relationship with an NRMCA member.
NRMCA will host its fourth quarterly DC Days for 2016 on Thursday, December 1. Please join your industry peers on Capitol Hill to help educate Members of Congress and their staffs regarding advocacy issues impacting the ready mixed concrete industry. This will be your last opportunity to discuss how the laws that they pass in the 114th Congress impact your day-to-day operations.
Buildings
NRMCA has verified a system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program to help members meet new product transparency credits in green building standards. Martin Marietta is the first concrete producer to verify EPDs using the new system level EPD verification procedure; it has verified 300 products (50 concrete mix designs from six plants) owned and operated by the Rocky Mountain Division.
NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovation, Michael Wymant traveled to Dorval, FL, earlier this week to present Build with Strength to a select group of designers in conjunction with Blue Buildings Inc. and Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) manufacturer Quadlock. More than 30 professionals attended the event, including structural engineers. It was held at the Biscayne Bay Brewing Company in Dorval; a unique space.
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
OES
Following President-elect Donald Trump’s upset election win eyes are turning toward potential Trump Administration opportunities. Particularly, NRMCA is looking toward the regulatory front opportunities to both stall and vacate a host of erroneous, burdensome and costly industry regulations.
The annual Dispatcher Training Forum will be held January 10-12, 2017, in Orlando, FL. With a small class-size and lots of personal attention from expert instructors, this class arms dispatchers, schedulers, shippers and managers with the ready mixed concrete-specific technical, practical and customer-service skills needed to succeed
NRMCA's Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company McInnis USA, Inc. Xypex Chemical Corp
Education & Training
NRMCA’s most popular Webinar for sales managers will take place on Tuesday, December 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. As the end-of-year evaluation become a reality, learn how to ascertain if your sales reps’ performance are at the top of his/her game... and, if not, how you can help them. Learn how to identify the specific barriers that could be holding them back and how to create a personal coaching and motivation strategy to improve performance during 2017.
 
Click here for more information and registration options.
Calendar
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

November 29, Webinar
Introduction to Concrete Pavement Analyst (CPA) Software
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 *Sold Out
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 13, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete Parts I (Part II is December 20)
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 

Promotion
Nominations are now open for the NRMCA Promoter of the Year Award, Affiliate Promoter of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Promotion. The deadline for submitting nominations is Thursday, December 15. These awards will be presented at NRMCA’s 2017 Annual Convention, March 4-6 in Las Vegas.
Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd. CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
2017
 
January 10 - 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 17 - 19, Kissimmee (Metro Orlando), FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 18, Sacramento, CA
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 19, Ontario, CA
Improving Concrete Quality
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
 
January 24 - 27, Kansas City, MO
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
February 6 - 10, Salt Lake City
Regional "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
February 21 - 24, Atlanta
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 4 - 6, Las Vegas, NV
Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 20 - 22, Atlanta
NRMCA Safety Course
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
 
April 25 - 28, Seattle
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
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