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The Build with Strength (BWS) Monthly Advocacy Report has been updated; each month it outlines the state and local measures BWS is actively tracking and working on for the ready mixed concrete industry. There is no shortage of pro-wood industry activity at the state and local level. Stay informed, organize and activate!

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

   WAM USA, Inc.       Kryton International    
Workforce Development

In the week since President Trump signed the Executive Order to establish the National Council for the American Worker, NRMCA has engaged with both the White House and the Department of Commerce to support and participate in this important initiative.

Government Affairs

The Stop the Timber Innovation Act Coalition sent a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committees leadership opposing the inclusion of a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition or any mass timber building competition in the upcoming farm bill conference meeting. Neither the House nor Senate versions of the farm bill included these provisions, but provisions are occasionally “air dropped” into the bill when the House and Senate meet to discuss the differences between their bills. Several of the key sponsors of the Timber Innovation Act are on the conference committee, and NRMCA and the Stop the TIA Coalition will be monitoring developments to continue to oppose mass timber provisions. The House appointed conferees last week and the Senate is expected to appoint conferees in the coming weeks. The timing of the conference is uncertain.

Click here for the House letter and here for here the Senate letter. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

NRMCA joined a group of pro-business associations in urging the White House to rescind an Obama-era labor rule that mandates project labor agreements (PLA) for certain federal and federally-assisted construction projects. PLAs require all contractors, regardless of whether their workforce is unionized or not, to subject themselves and their employees to unionization in order to work on a government project. These agreements typically result in higher project costs for taxpayers and require employers to follow union dictates.

Click here to read the letter. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

Last week, both the House and Senate passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizing programs that provide career and technical education assistance to states to distribute to technical colleges and high schools for career-based job training and education. The legislation supports programs that offer students the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary to compete for jobs in a broad range of fields. This legislation provides more than $1 billion per year for these programs, emphasizing the importance of training students for careers rather than categorically pushing them toward college. These programs train employees in trades and technical education, such as the ready mixed concrete industry. With the industry’s shortage of drivers and skilled workers, this is important legislation to support the industry’s workforce development needs. With passage by both House and Senate, the bill will go to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Association & Industry News

Exhibition space is still available for NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2018 being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from September 29 – October 1 at National Harbor, MD. Space costs can be found in the Exhibitor Prospectus. Don’t miss your chance to be among the best in this year’s exhibit hall; reserve your spot now by completing the exhibitor booth application and contract and returning it to NRMCA. Exhibit space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to access the prospectus. For more information, please contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach at jwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    
SEO

Registration for NRMCA’s Fall 2018 Safety Course is still open; it takes place October 16 - 18 in Glendora, CA. 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, firefighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts.

   BASF Construction Chemicals       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    

In the past 20 years, producers have relied on the venerable Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) series to hone their aggressive efforts toward winning business. NRMCA extends a discount off the registration fee for those who register for all four classes at one time or for companies that send three or more people to one class.

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Registration is now open for this year’s Environmental Certification Course to be held in Orlando, FL, November 27-29. Course attendees will be educated on industry-specific environmental issues that affect ready mixed concrete production, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Solids Management, Hazardous Materials, Dust Control, Recycling, Spill Prevention Plans, Air Quality Management, Noise Management, Environmental Auditing and much more. Those who should attend include plant, environmental and compliance managers, executives and anyone with fiscal and/or environmental responsibilities that should know the details concerning company responsibilities for EPA regulations, the Clean Water Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management and numerous other critical environmental matters.

Click here to register and for more information. You may also contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
   Mack Trucks, Inc.       Ryder Fuel Services    
Calendar

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

August 16, 2018, Orlando, FL
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Course
Email: Tracy Leighton, (407) 895-9333

August 21, Birmingham, AL
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

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

 

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

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

   Concrete Pump Supply       Naylor Association Solutions