NRMCA e-news
NRMCA's E-NEWS will not be published next week. The next edition will be sent on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. President Robert Garbini, Chief Operating Officer Nicole Maher and the Association staff wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes for the New Year.
Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Pavement
The NRMCA’s Pervious Concrete Promotion Subcommittee has released its Pervious In Practice #2: Importance of Using Certified Pervious Concrete Contractors. The document is the second in the Pervious In Practice (PIP) series and is aimed toward owners and specifiers.
Association & Industry News
The preliminary estimate of ready mixed concrete produced in October 2016 is 33.2 million cubic yards, 3.2% lower than that in October 2015. The estimated production through September is 292 million cubic yards, 2.4% higher than that during the same period in 2015.
 
Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. Additional details, including quarterly production by state, is available for NRMCA members here.
The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has appointed Lori Tiefenthaler as 2017 chairperson of the association’s Board of Directors. Ms. Tiefenthaler is widely known throughout the cement, concrete and transportation-construction industry, including involvement with many NRMCA activities and staff. She becomes the first woman to serve in the association’s top volunteer position in its nearly 54-year history.
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
The deadline for entries for the 2017 NRMCA Kids Art Contest, sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, is December 31. 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
Join NRMCA and Athena Sustainable Material Institute on Tuesday, January 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time as we will discuss updates to the industry-wide EPD, the regional Benchmark Report and how they can be used to demonstrate compliance with green building standards. The Webinar will also introduce an EPD tool for the concrete industry: the Athena Institute has a new Web-based tool for ready mixed concrete manufacturers that:

• Is customized to individual operations;
• Delivers instant LCA/EPD data for any mix; and
• Helps create full LCA reports and EPDs at low cost.

They’ve built this tool on its previous industry-average LCA work for NRMCA; it can help support ready mix producers to find the "greenest" mixes when helping customers earn LEED points.

Click here to register. For more information, contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org.
Recently, NRMCA joined the Program Operators Consortium (POC) as the first industry association to become an affiliate member. The POC is the green building industry’s first and leading consortium of program operators.
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
OES
Last week, Judge Samuel R. Cummings of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) "persuader" advice rule is "unlawful." This latest development ends DOL's ability to implement the rule. Judge Cumming’s decision comes on the heels of his ruling back in November issuing a permanent injunction on the same rule. The injunction and summary judgment, sought in part by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace or CDW (of which NRMCA is a member), is a huge win for industry. Specifically, the summary judgment request was sought by 10 separate states, the National Federation of Independent Business, Texas Association of Business, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and Texas Association of Builders. The persuader rule, which NRMCA was ardently opposed to, aimed to limit employers’ ability to seek and retain legal counsel for purposes of consulting on employee union organizing drives. The rule also would have required employers and legal counsel to disclose certain financial and other unnecessary private company information.

Click here for more information on the persuader rule. Click here to review the court’s ruling. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.
Registration for NRMCA’s Spring 2017 Safety Course is now open; please note that this course will sell out very soon. It will take place March 20 - 22 in Atlanta. This 2.5-day course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance. It begins with why safety is so important and details the reasons why an effective safety program actually saves money through loss prevention and control. Participants learn about electrical safety, machine guarding, fall protection, hazard communication, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, fire fighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts.
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.
 
Nominating applications are due by Friday, December 30, 2016 via e-mail to NRMCA’s Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org. Click here to download the nomination form and for more information.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company
Engineering
The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University has released a report that discusses strategies for preventing or limiting premature joint deterioration due to salt reactivity and joint saturation. The primary goal is to help concrete pavement engineers understand the causes of premature joint deterioration, focusing on deterioration due to deicing/anti-icing salts and joint saturation. The guide discusses strategies for preventing or limiting such deterioration and also provides summaries of joint maintenance, repair and restoration strategies, including a decision matrix. Finally, the guide offers guidelines for developing project specifications.

The report can be accessed here.
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.

January 10 - 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 10, Webinar
NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD, Benchmark Report & Introduction to Athena EPD Tool
Email: James Bogdan, 412-420-4138
 
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
 

Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd. CarbonCure Technologies Inc.

February 6 - 10, Salt Lake City
Regional "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
February 14 - 16, Nashville, TN
CCSP Module I: Technical Product Knowledge
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393
 
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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