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Is your company in the North Central, South Central, South East or Rocky Mountain regions? These producers remain under-represented in this year’s survey submittals. In fact, submittals are 35% lower. Why your company should participate: NRMCA is the only entity that specifically focuses on analyzing CDL mixer drivers. We help with insight about what is working and what is not working, nationally, regionally and by company size. Please click here to fill out the survey.
 
All responses are anonymous;
Survey collection is through this Friday, June 30; and 
The report will be released this fall at ConcreteWorks. Data is reported in a national summary, then further broken down region, by size of company and by type of market.
 
If our industry is going to collectively address the driver shortage, it’s "going to take the village."  

For further inquiry, please contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.
Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Pavement
Recently, the ACI 330 Committee completed the development of the new ACI 330.2R-17 document titled Guide for the Design and Construction of Concrete Site Paving for Industrial and Trucking Facilities. This document will provide the designer key information on the design, details, construction, repairing and inspection of industrial type parking lot pavements. Thickness design tables for common semi-truck type loadings as well as industrial lift trucks are included. For contractors, proper construction techniques to construct a durable pavement are discussed, including placement, consolidation and finishing.

Click here to order the document. For more information, contact Amanda Hult at ahult@nrmca.org.
WAM USA, Inc. CarbonCure Technologies 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 June 19 - 23, 2017, 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 Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.
Buildings
June officially started the hurricane season in the United States and it runs through November. While continuing to focus on fire safety, our Build with Strength effort will also be highlighting resilient construction throughout the summer months. In utilizing research from the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Build with Strength will continue to urge resilient construction not only in coastal communities, but also throughout the U.S. wherever natural disasters occur.
 
In 2016, insured losses in the United States due to natural disasters totaled nearly $24 billion, so resilient construction is vital in disaster-prone areas. The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub's Break-Even Mitigation Percent (BEMP) Model is designed to help calculate the expected loss ratio due to hazard damage. The results demonstrate the right amount to invest, so that it will pay for itself over the building's lifetime. This study estimated a $340,000 hazard mitigation for a $10 million structure (3.4% break-even mitigation percent) over the building's life-cycle would actually pay for itself. This allows for safer residents and stronger communities because millions of dollars won't be needed to rebuild after a disaster. This shows that using resilient building techniques upfront, with durable and quality materials like concrete, is an important step in preventing disaster before it occurs.
 
Resilient construction is also valuable through tornado alley. Hurricane season has officially begun, but spring and summer months also see increases in tornado activity. Highlighting resilient structures, like safe rooms and safe schools, are vital during the season of increased storm threats. Through the Build with Strength initiative, NRMCA has resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient and safer construction including model legislation, talking points, public relations, and other key strategies.
 
To learn more about how NRMCA can assist in state advocacy, please contact NRMCA Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs John Loyer, at 703-675-7603 or jloyer@nrmca.org.
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
OES
Does your facility need to report to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program? Have you run the calculations to determine if your facility does? Do you know what the requirements are and/or how to report if necessary? Now’s the time to obtain answers to all of these questions. Remember, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TRI Program "tracks the management of more than 650 toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment." Specifically, "U.S. facilities in certain industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment." This information is then submitted annually to EPA and compiled in the TRI.

Facilities that handle toxic chemicals, including ready mixed concrete plants, are required to calculate the quantities that were handled and if any quantity is over an allowable threshold, that chemical and amount need to be reported under the program. Should a facility need to report, the reporting deadline is July 1, 2017.
 
Click here for more information on the program, including listed chemicals, potential for reporting and when/how to report. For more information from NRMCA staff, contact Gary Mullings or Kevin Walgenbach.
The NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safety work practices give to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry as a whole. The NRMCA Annual Safety Award is presented to an individual or company whose actions represent the very highest in the advancement of safety in the ready mixed concrete industry. The award program is generously sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB). The deadline for to submit nominations is Friday, June 30, 2017.

The award may be presented to an individual whose single action or long-time commitment to safety and health in the ready mixed concrete industry exemplifies superior performance in the field of safety. Examples of the award winner could be a ready mixed concrete truck driver whose actions were life saving. Other examples could include plant managers, safety managers and company officials who have outstanding long-time dedication to safety and health in the ready mixed concrete industry. Other examples would be an individual’s involvement with community safety activities.
 
This award may also recognize a corporation, coalition or organization that was unrelenting in its pursuit of safety for the industry. Nominees may have created and implemented a life-saving and or injury-preventing safety solution. Examples of the award winner could be a ready mixed concrete producer company, a ready mixed concrete state association or an industry-related equipment or material supplier.
 
Criteria for selection of the individual or company may include evidence of the following:
• Reduction of accidents/incidents;
• Demonstration of leadership in safety;
• Identification, evaluation and control of hazards;
• Development of safety-conscious policies and procedures;
• Active promotion of safety in the workplace;
• Innovation and enthusiasm in marketing safety;
• Collaborative and proactive work toward improving safety;
• Placing a high personal value on safety; and
• Mentoring of others in safety.
 
Nominations shall be made by submitting a detailed explanation for why the individual or company should be considered for the award. The explanation should focus on highlighting the criteria listed above. Submissions should include necessary supporting documents, a high-resolution electronic image of the nominee (if an individual) or a high resolution company logo, and any other relevant images.
 
Entries must be e-mailed to gmullings@nrmca.org by Friday, June 30. Click here for more information on the award, the specific requirements for the nominating process and staff contact.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company
Engineering
NRMCA is now accepting applications for its popular Excellence in Quality Award contest. This year we have a new section which will help establish industry quality benchmarks. A company must be a NRMCA producer member in good standing to participate. Companies can enter as a company or a division. Applicants are asked to respond to a multiple-choice type application form that generates their scores. Companies or divisions that achieve a score of 75% or greater will be recognized at NRMCA's ConcreteWorks, scheduled from October 1-3 in Dallas. The deadline for receiving completed award applications is Friday, July 7.

There are several advantages to participating in this award program:
1. It provides recognition to the companies that maintain high quality standards.
2. The award criteria can serve as an excellent quality improvement tool for companies.
3. Companies have used the award criteria for conducting internal quality audits.
4. Companies who apply will be provided with industry average quality benchmark data

Click here to access the Excel spreadsheet award form from NRMCA's Web site and for more information, including past quality award winners please. Completed award forms should be e-mailed by July 7 in the original Excel format along with required supporting documentation to Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org.
MAPEI Xypex Chemical Corp
NRMCA Paving Engineer Amanda Hult recently presented at the Florida Concrete & Products Association (FCPA) Day of Training. She discussed the Local Paving Department’s Pave Ahead and Design Assistance programs and the Build With Strength campaign to more than 30 attendees, including ready mix and other supplier companies. Hult challenged them to seek opportunities for concrete pavement designs and conversions. In addition, Votorantim Cimentos President and General Manager North American Ready Mix James Munro presented on the Parking Lot Committee’s goals and regional promotion focus, and FCPA’s Matt Sitter provided the attendees with promotional presentations.

For more information, contact Amanda Hult at ahult@nrmca.org.
Calendar
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

July 12, Salt Lake City
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132
 
August 11, Nashville, TN
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Program
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393
 
September 18 - 20, Salt Lake City
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 1 - 3, Grapevine, TX
NRMCA ConcreteWorks 2017
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 10 – 13, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 17 – 19, Denver
Safety Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 2, Salt Lake City
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 6 – 10, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Technical Short Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 13 - 14, Dallas 
Leadership, Coaching for Operations Executives
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 15, Dallas
Sales Managers Leadership Workshop
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 5 – 7, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 12 – 15, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
2018
 
January 9 – 11, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 16 – 19, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

January 16 – 19, Minneapolis
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

January 23 – 25, Orlando, FL
RMC Effective Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

February 20 – 23, Albuquerque, NM
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

March 27 – 30, Louisville, KY
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
March 27 – 29, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
Ryder Fuel Services Mack Trucks, Inc.