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E-NEWS will not be published next week and will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. NRMCA President Bob Garbini, Chief Operating Officer Nicole Maher and staff wish you the best of the holiday season and a happy new year.

Early bird registration is open for NRMCA’s 2018 Annual Convention, scheduled for March 2-5, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston. NRMCA’s Annual Convention is the venue to explore industry trends and network with your peers. This year’s event is co-located with the National Stone Sand & Gravel Association’s Annual Convention and the Portland Cement Association 2018 Spring Congress. Early Bird Registration will be available on or before January 12, 2018.

NRMCA has a block of rooms at the Marriott Marquis Houston at a discounted rate of $249/night plus applicable taxes. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations online by clicking here. Hotel reservations can also be made by calling the Marriott Marquis Houston directly at (713) 654-1777 and asking for the “National Ready Mixed Concrete Association” or “NRMCA” rate. The hotel reservations cut-off date is February 9, 2018 or whenever the room block sells out, whichever occurs first. The room block is reserved for attendees of the NRMCA 2018 Annual Convention only.

Click here to access links for convention and hotel registration and more. You may also contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach at jwalgenbach@nrmca.org or 240-485-1152.

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Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a number of rulings overturning erroneous decisions from the Obama Administration. Specifically, the NLRB overturned contentious rulings on joint-employers (Browning-Ferris), “micro-units” (Specialty Healthcare), employer handbooks (Lutheran Heritage) and employer bargaining duties (DuPont). These welcome rulings come on the heels of the NLRB’s request for information (RFI) to potentially change the 2014 Election Rule, also known as the “quickie” or “ambush” elections rule. The RFI asks four separate questions about whether to retain the rule, rescind it or variations of each. NRMCA will submit comments to support rescinding the rule and readopting the status quo prior to the 2014 rule. Comments on the RFI are due by Monday, February 12, 2018.

For more information on the rulings please click here, here, here and here. To review the RFI on the 2014 Election Rule, please click here. You may alson contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced another delay for the compliance date for electronically reporting 2016 workplace injuries and illnesses. No later than Sunday, December 31, 2017, facilities with between 20 and 249 employees, will need to electronically report to OSHA, their summary of injuries and illnesses from 2016 reported on their OSHA Form 300A. OSHA has announced that after December 31st, no 2016 data can be submitted.

For more information on and how to complete the electronic submission please click here. To review the delay notice please click here. You may also contact NRMCA's Kevin Walgenbach for more information.

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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 ready mixed concrete delivery professional. The 2018 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in Houston in March 2018.

Applications are due no later than Friday, December 29, 2017 via e-mail to NRMCA’s Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org. Click here for more information and to access the nomination form from NRMCA's Web site.

The 2017 Mixer Truck Rollover Survey is designed to collect data on actual rollovers of ready mixed concrete trucks in calendar year 2017. The electronic form uses check and drop down boxes for ease of completion and data compilation. The data collected is for rollovers that occur in calendar year 2017; no personal or company names are required to complete the form.

Click here to download the form. When completed, please return the form to NRMCA's Gary Mullings. Questions regarding the program or form should be directed to Gary Mullings at 240-485-1161 or gmullings@nrmca.org.

Pavement

NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge recently joined Drew Turner, business development manager for NRMCA Producer member Concrete Supply Co., in meeting with the Greensboro, NC, office of Geo-Hydro Engineering. Kresge’s presentation focused on all aspects of pervious concrete, from designing and specifying to maintenance and operations. Attendees from Geo-Hydro asked numerous questions based on their experiences with pervious concrete on several previously completed projects. Additionally, Kresge instructed on the proper field tests for quality assurance and acceptance.

With offices in Georgia and North Carolina, Geo-Hydro Engineers provides environmental consulting services, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing for both public and private clients throughout the southeast.

For more information, contact Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.

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Engineering

The NRMCA Regional Concrete Technologist Training and Certification program (Short Course) will be held at the Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch (Dallas area), TX, on February 5-9, 2018. Registration is open and the course is close to being sold out, so interested persons should register as soon as possible. The Regional Short Course is co-sponsored by the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association (TACA).

The short course provides a fundamental understanding of concrete, aggregates and concrete making materials; requirements in industry codes and standards and proportioning concrete mixtures. Attendees have the opportunity to obtain industry-recognized NRMCA certifications: NRMCA Level 2 and 3 Concrete Technologist certification and an optional NRMCA Grade II Field Testing Technician certification. The NRMCA Short Course is intended for quality, sales and other personnel with a technical role with ready mixed concrete companies and suppliers to the industry. New hires in these roles can also benefit from attending. A significant amount of technical content is covered in four days that requires attendees to have a basic concrete technology background and at least a high-school level of math.

Click here for more information, including registration options. You may also contact Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org.

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Calendar

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site

2018

January 9 – 11, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

January 16 – 18, 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 17, Eagan, MN
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

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

February 5 – 9, Dallas
Regional Technical Short Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

February 20 – 22, Nashville, TN
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-6670

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

March 2 - 5, Houston
NRMCA's Annual Convention
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

March 27 – 30, Louisville, KY
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

April 10 – 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

September 29 – October 1, Metro Washington, DC
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

December 11 – 14, Austin, TX
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

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