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The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in February 2018 is 21.4 million cubic yards, 3.6% lower than that in February 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. through February is 42.5 million cubic yards, 0.8% higher than that during the same period in 2017.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. Members can access details here.

NRMCA is looking for good men and women to serve on the Board of Directors. While serving on the Board requires both commitment and energy, it is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the industry. NRMCA represents a broad range of ready mixed concrete companies across the United States and our success is a direct result of the skills and expertise of our professional staff working in conjunction with our Board members. Director nominees must be committed to promoting NRMCA programs and working in the best interest of its membership and the industry at large. The Board provides strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and governance of the organization’s operations.

Nominees are vetted by the Nominating Committee, which consists of the current chairman, immediate past chairman and past chairmen of the Board for the previous seven years who are still active in the industry. The selected slate of nominees is then presented to, and elected by, the general membership and will serve a three-year term that begins immediately following the Annual Convention in 2019.

Please click here for more information that includes links to a list of current Board members, Board job description and nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, July 20. You may also contact Heather Houck at hhouck@nrmca.org for more information.

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Workforce Development

It’s that time of the year again when NRMCA asks your help to find the appropriate person in your company to fill out the annual Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey. If you are not a producer, please forward the survey link to your clients. Please note:

• All responses are confidential and anonymous;

• Survey data collection is May 1 - June 30; and

• To enhance data accuracy, if your company works in multiple regions, please complete one survey per region.

Click here to begin the survey. The report will be released this fall at ConcreteWorks.Thanks in advance for helping our industry gain a better insight about current mixer driver workforce issues.

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Due to industry demand, NRMCA will hold an extra Plant Manager Certification class June 26-29 in Nashville, TN. Registration is not yet open, but NRMCA is taking a list of interested people. Once the details are set, we will contact those on the waiting list to register. The only other remaining Plant Manager Certification class in 2018 will be December 11-14 in Austin; registration is open for it.

To place a name on the June Plant Manager Certification waiting list, send your request to meetings@nrmca.org. For more information, contact Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org.

NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safety work practices gives 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).

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NRMCA’s Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition offers producers national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practice in their operations. The program salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment. Any NRMCA member company producing ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the U.S., its territories or Canada is eligible to enter.

Awards will be determined upon individual plant merits. Winning entrants will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at NRMCA‘s ConcreteWorks this October in Washington, DC. Winners will also be featured in a 2018 edition of NRMCA’s Concrete InFocus magazine as well as Concrete Products magazine.

Entries and photos must be e-mailed to Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org by Friday, July 27. Click here for more information, to download an entry form and staff contact.

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Engineering

About 180 attendees from state agencies and industry convened at the Spring National Concrete Consortium (NCC) meeting in Coeur d’Alene, ID, this past week. The NCC is a national forum for concrete pavement research and technology transfer initiatives and is supported through a FHWA Pooled Fund TPF-5(159). There are 33 participating state highway agencies.

The primary theme of this meeting was on performance-engineered mixtures for concrete pavements with updates from the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, the FHWA mobile trailer, FHWA and its Turner Fairbanks Research Center. Implementation initiatives by Michigan and Idaho were reported. Jason Weiss of Oregon State University discussed the evolution of new test methods for transport properties of concrete and resistance to freezing and thawing. Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University presented research on a new method to measure water-cement ratio of concrete and on factors to consider for formwork removal. Other presentations included practices for latex modified concrete overlays in North Carolina and Missouri; reclaiming fly ash from legacy ponds by a burn-out process; alternative cementitious materials; fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement and various other state reports. The group ended the meeting with a technical tour of concrete pavement project at Lookout Pass-Montana state line.

Presentations from this meeting will be posted here as are those from previous meetings. For more information, contact Colin Lobo at clobo@nrmca.org.

The annual Professors’ Workshop organized by the Portland Cement Association and co-sponsored by several industry groups is scheduled for July 23 - 27 at the PCA Campus in Skokie, IL. The event is designed to provide faculty in engineering, architecture and construction management programs the tools to teach the latest developments in concrete design, construction and materials. The week-long event includes networking opportunities to facilitate exchange of ideas with professors from participating universities, software demonstrations and to collect classroom resource materials. Space is limited. A nominal registration fee is charged to cover expenses. Local groups are encouraged to sponsor professors from local universities to ensure that the latest knowledge on concrete is transferred to students.

Click here for more information.

NRMCA is offering its information-packed, one-day course, Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals, intended for concrete producers, contractors, engineers and testing labs on Wednesday, May 23 in Bozeman, MT, in association with the Montana Contractors Association. The course will discuss the latest changes to the code and specification requirements (ACI 318, 301, ASTM C94) governing ready mixed concrete. This course will address many topics, including answering the following questions:

  • What are the durability exposure classes in ACI 318?
  • What are the changes in the new ACI 318, ACI 301, ASTM C94 that are related to ready mixed concrete?
  • What are some specification revisions that can provide all around benefits in performance and cost?
  • What are the causes for low strength problems and who is responsible?
  • What should be on a concrete test report?
  • How does one improve the quality of acceptance testing?
  • Non-destructive testing, Coring – when and how?
  • How to do a proper mixture submittal?

Course instructors are Luke Snell, P.E., FACI, FASCE, Western Technologies and Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E., NRMCA vice president, technical services. Producers, contractors, engineers and testing labs will find the discussions on investigating low strength problems and specifications very helpful to address issues that impact partnering, project cost and schedule. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will earn 8 professional development hours, a certificate of completion and credits toward NRMCA’s STEPS program.

Click here for more information, registration options and staff contacts.

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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.

May 10, Webinar
Build with Strength: Communicating the Brand and Message
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 15, Grapevine, TX (Open to former Developing Industy Leader Participants)
Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) Workshop
Email: Eileen Dickson

May 17, Charlotte, NC
Regional ConcreteWorks, Lower Atlantic Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

May 22 – 24, Dallas
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

May 23, Bozeman, MT
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

August 21, Birmingham, AL | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Gulf Coast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Summer/Fall, Cheyenne/Casper, WY | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

September 6, Phoenix | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Southwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Uncasville, CT | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northeast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Kansas City, KS | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, South Central Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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

 

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October 9 – 12, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 17, Las Vegas, NV | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

November 5 – 9, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Short Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

November 13, Lansing, MI | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

December 4 – 6, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 11 – 14, Austin, TX
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

2019

January 15 – 17, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: Accounting, Finance, Business Law
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 22 – 24, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

March 19 – 21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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