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Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Association & Industry News
Each year, NRMCA is proud to recognize all of the member companies that support the organization through NRMCA’s annual sponsorship program. In 2016, we were proud to recognize BASF, CarbonCure, Command Alkon, Euclid Chemical Company, GCP Applied Technologies, Lytx, Sika, Trimble plus many more as sponsors. Our targeted program offers participating companies the opportunity to show support for your customers, ready mix producers, through their sponsorship. Our research shows that NRMCA members are more likely to support companies that support NRMCA through sponsorship than those that do not.

NRMCA’s 2017 Sponsorship Program is now available. No matter the size of your marketing budget, NRMCA’s sponsorship program has many opportunities for you to show your support. Show your customers that you back their association by becoming an NRMCA sponsor today!

For more information, contact Kathleen Carr-Smith at kcarrsmith@nrmca.org.
The RMC Research & Education Foundation has published its year-end newsletter. Please click here to access it. Please click here for options on making a last-minute, tax deductible contribution.

For more information on the Foundation’s work, please visit www.rmc-foundation.org or contact Julie Garbini or Jennifer LeFevre with questions.
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
Earlier this year, the Timber Innovation Act (S 2892/HR 5628) was introduced, authorizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place "mass timber" as the material of choice for all tall building structures exceeding 85 feet. The bill advocates the acceleration of research and development (R&D), education, marketing, technical assistance, training and promotion of engineered, cross-laminated timber (CLT's). The bill will give the wood industry a market share advantage above all other structurally sound materials in tall building structures.
House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a $170 water bill that they hope to send to President Obama for final signature into law before week’s end. The "Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act," S. 612, authorizes the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure, and also helps strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness. It authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for 30 Army Corps of Engineers' water infrastructure projects in 17 states, including drinking water infrastructure programs as well as waterways and flood control systems.
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.
Buildings
  
While tragic wildfires in Tennessee rage on this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has spent over $1 billion to help households recover from natural disasters. But it should be noted that there are no limits on the number of times a household can apply, so the program isn't just a safety net; for some people, it's effectively a subsidy to live in areas that are especially vulnerable to hurricanes, floods and storm surges. This begs the question, if FEMA stops or seriously cuts back funding, will people move away from areas prone to disaster? Shouldn’t they just build more resilient homes and buildings?

NRMCA has verified a system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program to help members meet new product transparency credits in green building standards. Benefiting from advances in software services, the ability to generate EPDs more efficiently is available to concrete producers. The program meets international standards for EPD verification and streamlines the verification process more efficiently, including reviewing life-cycle assessments (LCA) that is generated from the on-demand EPD software. Various software providers can integrate LCA impacts of mix designs to generate EPDs when desired. The software and underlying life cycle data for each mix is reviewed and verified prior to being published in NRMCA’s EPD program. From this point forward, concrete producers have the opportunity to generate EPDs on-demand from plants that integrate EPD software.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) is charged with building the next generation of schools for children of military personnel. "DoDEA’s wide-sweeping educational facility reform stems from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ desire to fulfill two major priorities: foster an intelligent, more efficient, lighter, quicker military supported by 21st century soldiers; and attract the best and brightest military personnel by building the best school facilities possible for their children." To accomplish the latter goal, the project team relied on VMDO Architects, reports NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Gregg Lewis. VMDO recently completed a new Arlington, VA, Discovery Elementary School as the state's first Net Zero Energy School. Discovery Elementary was built using Insulated Concrete Forms and was built for less than the Arlington Country School Board had allocated for its construction.
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
OES
Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule establishing a database/clearinghouse containing "information about violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program for the holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).
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. As a salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver’s career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career of Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional.
 
The 2017 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, in March 2017.
 
All nomination applications are due by December 30. They should be sent to Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org. Click here to to download the nomination form and for more information and staff contact.
Registration is now open for a new 1-day interactive workshop for senior and middle operations managers, February 7, 2017, in Dallas. The workshop’s goal is to give attendees the opportunity to develop strategic, organizational and personal skills that help  them more effectively manage, coach, motivate and assess their teams as well as their direct report supervisors. Part of the class uses the  PEAK7™ World Class Management Standards curriculum that offers insights into performance and motivation factors that can lead to your teams’ success. Space is limited to 25 - do not delay registering. We expect this inaugural class to sell out. (This is NOT a workshop for entry-level supervisors - we have another class for them -  see next announcement below.)

Click here for more information and registration options.
With hiring and retention of paramount importance in the recovery, it is critical that ready mixed concrete front line supervisors understand the scope and tasks they are expected to execute. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the most common business lawsuit filed is by employees against their employers - and the employees cite their direct supervisor as the cause. Therefore, the class content supports plant, operations dispatch, fleet and driver managers and supervisors, as well as QC supervisors. Content includes industry-specific, hands-on exercises to develop solid procedures to increase efficiency and profitability using better communication skills with front line employees. The class will be held January 17-19 in Kissimmee (metro-Orlando), FL.

The Effective Supervisor Course is held just once a year. Training reduces risk: No producer’s bottom line can afford an expensive internal attack.
 
Click here for registration options, NRMCA staff contact and more information.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company
Engineering
The November 2016 newsletter of the National Concrete Consortium reports the following:
 
• MAP Brief – Causes of Early Cracking in Concrete Bridge Decks – lays out the current understanding on factors that increase or reduce bridge deck cracking;
• Two recent research projects by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and the Iowa Highway Research Board studied effects of internal curing on the fresh and hardened properties of concrete and on concrete shrinkage cracking and anticipated service life;
• A recent Minnesota DOT project reviewed the performance of in-service pavements at the MnROAD facility in order to create a draft specification for the aggregate base/subbase for concrete pavements; and
• The Florida DOT recently investigated the environmental effects of concrete grinding residue and recycled concrete aggregate.
 
Click here to access the newsletter and associated reports.
The Annual NRMCA Short Course was attended by 57 industry personnel last month near the BWI airport near Baltimore and Washington, DC. The following certifications were awarded; each attendee was recognized for his or her participation:
 
• NRMCA Field Testing Technician Grade II – 34
• NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 2 – 45
• NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 3 – 28

The results will be mailed to the attendees shortly. The Regional Technical Short Course is scheduled for February 6-10, 2017 at the office of ACG of Utah in Salt Lake City. The course is co-sponsored by the AGC of Utah and the ACI Intermountain Chapter. The course is filling up fast. Interested personnel should register early.
 
Click here for registration options, more information and staff contact.
McInnis USA, Inc. Xypex Chemical Corp
Calendar
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

December 12, Atlanta 
Regional ConcreteWorks Lower Atlantic Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132  
 
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
 
December 15, Gettysburg, PA
Regional ConcreteWorks Atlantic Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132
 
December 15, Free Webinar
Meeting new LEED v4 product transparency requirements with system verified EPDs
Email: James Bogdan, (412) 420-4138  
 

Sustainability
Santa Monica, CA, recently became the first city in the world to require zero net energy (ZNE) construction for all new single-family homes, reports NRMCA's Tien Peng. Policies such as this can support the use of concrete products such as Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) as a proven solution for energy efficiency in the residential market. The new rule also calls for new multifamily and commercial buildings to reduce their energy consumption to 10% below the rates set in the 2016 California Energy Code. The CALGreen standard referenced by the Santa Monica ordinance defines ZNE construction as resulting in a building where the value of the energy produced on-site by renewable energy technologies and the value of the energy consumed annually by the building are equal.
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 7, Dallas
Leadership, Coaching & Management Skills for Senior RMC Managers
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
 
February 28, Harrisburg, PA
Improving Concrete Quality
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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