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On June 17, the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by journalist Vince Beiser titled “Concrete is the stuff civilization is made of. But for all its blessings, there are huge environmental costs.” In it, Beiser misrepresents the cement and concrete industry’s environmental impact and negates the positives of resilient, non-combustible concrete construction. Build With Strength Los Angeles, a diverse coalition of community organizations advocating for a safer built environment in Los Angeles, responded:

Build With Strength (BWS) has updated its monthly report that encompasses state and local advocacy efforts. This Monthly Advocacy Report helps ready mixed concrete personnel stay informed on pro-wood industry activity.

Click here to access the advocacy report. For more information, contact John Loyer at jloyer@nrmca.org.

Important - Time Sensitive - Must Read: NRMCA is updating the Product Category Rule (PCR) for concrete and is seeking comments from stakeholders, including concrete producers and product suppliers. Product Category Rules (PCR) define the criteria for producing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). PCRs have a shelf life of five years and the current PCR is expiring in 2018. Over the past 18 months, NRMCA, in collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and key industry participants, has revised the PCR to meet changes in international standards.

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Please help, the response rate is 14% lower than the first three years' average and the June 30 deadline is fast approaching. Does your company have 13 minutes to spare? That’s all we are asking – the time to drink one cup of coffee. The response rate encompasses the U.S. and Canada; specifically, U.S. South-Central and Southwest companies along with those producing more than 500,000 cubic yards a year are currently under reported proportionate to annual productivity stats.

The survey is 100% anonymous so NRMCA cannot tell you if your company has participated. By the same token, that anonymity maintains privacy so hopefully NRMCA accurately reports mixer driver recruitment and retention data.

Click here to take the survey. If you have questions, e-mail Eileen Dickson. And a big thanks to those who already completed the survey. NRMCA deeply appreciates your commitment to help us help you solve the mixer driver dilemma.

   Euclid Chemical Company       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
Workforce Development

NRMCA’s essential operations and production classes have been scheduled each month to support very busy schedules. These classes are standalone’s, but collectively they are pivotal for career development.

These classes are required to fill NRMCA’s STEPS' requirements for the Operations and Production career track certification.

For more information about standardized ready mixed concrete-specific career development through the STEPS program, e-mail Eileen Dickson or click here. For further information about classes open for registration, e-mail Meghan Callahan or call 240-485-1135.

Pavement

Swederski Concrete Construction, Inc. (SCCI) is no stranger to NRMCA and its many successful parking lot projects through the years. Father Len has been a guest speaker at a number of NRMCA events and now the second generation of Swederski’s is taking the business to new heights: the NRMCA Local Paving Team is happy to announce that Joe Swederski will address the Promotion Committee meeting at NRMCA ConcreteWorks on Thursday, September 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Swederski will share success best practices that have made SCCI the premiere concrete parking lot contractor in the nation. Attendees will also have time for “Ask Joe” questions on how to do in their regions what SCCI has done in the Upper Midwest.

“I encourage everyone to attend this one-time opportunity to meet Joe Swederski, interact and learn from SCCI success. To prepare for the meeting, check out the over 60 YouTube videos for before and after photos of its projects,” said Jon Hansen, NRMCA senior vice president, local paving.

For more information contact Jon Hansen at jhansen@nrmca.org.

   BASF Construction Chemicals       True Dispatch    
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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 Sunday, July 1.

Click here for more on the program, listed chemicals, potential for reporting and when/how to report. You may also contact NRMCA's Gary Mullings or Kevin Walgenbach.

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.

   Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.       Xypex Chemical Corp    

The 2018-2019 application period for the NRMCA's annual Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) program has been closed, so no further applications are being accepted this year. Applications for the 2019 - 2020 period will be accepted starting April 1, 2019.

Click here for more information.

   MAPEI       Mack Trucks, Inc.    
Calendar

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

July 26 – 27, Nashville, TN
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Course
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393.

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

August 27 – 29, Silver Spring, MD
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

 

   Ryder Fuel Services       Roebuck Consulting Group    

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

October 16 – 18, Glendora, CA
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
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

October 30, Lansing, MI | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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

November 27 – 29, 2018, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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 8 - 10, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

January 15 – 18, Tucson, AZ
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

February 19 – 22, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification 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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