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Schwing America, Inc.
NRMCA's celebration of the 100th anniversary of ready mixed concrete in the U.S. begins its submissions for November with more Producer and Associate member profiles - see below for their respective Web site links. This week's industry milestone: Work began in 1984 on the 4.2 mile Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, FL. When complete, it would become the longest concrete span in North America.

To have your company featured in this space in the coming weeks, please contact 
NRMCA's Kathleen Carr Smith at or 301-587-1400, ext. 1145.

Beatrice Concrete Company - Beatrice Concrete Company was founded in 1944 and developed by Everett R. Jones and J.W. Lawler who remained partners until 1983. In 1983, the current owners incorporated Beatrice Concrete Company. It now operates throughout southeastern Nebraska with ready mix plant facilities in Beatrice, Crete, Fairbury, Tecumseh and Highway 2. Read more.

An NRMCA Producer member since 1960 

Separation Technologies - Separation Technologies was founded in 1989 to develop commercial applications for a proprietary electrostatic separation process. By 1994, Separation Technologies was focusing on applying its separation technology to processing fly ash that could be used in high value commercial applications rather than being disposed of in landfills. Read more.

An NRMCA Associate member since 1997
GivenHansco, Inc
The latest development in Canada's concrete vs. wood feud centers on the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association which recently paid for full-page ads in major newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal, that position wood-frame construction as vulnerable to insects, severe weather and fire. The ad features a picture of wreckage caused by an Oklahoma tornado and bears the headline: "Wood First? First to go." The ad plays off the British Columbia government's Wood First Act of 2009, which specified that wood must be the dominant building material in all publicly funded provincial buildings. With $3 billion in play each year, it was seen as a significant plum. B.C. also openly lobbied other provinces and the federal government for a pan-Canadian, wood-first policy and worked to extend B.C.'s 6-story wood-frame building code across the country.

Source: A November 2 article in the Edmonton Journal.
An October 26 article posted by The Virginian-Pilot which covers the Hampton Roads area of the state address the issue. In short, it’s recycled. In dump truck after dump truck, old concrete slabs of interstate are hauled away to be crushed and reused in another construction project. The sections taken from the interstate can be as large as 15 feet long and 6 feet wide. They’re stacked on a truck and driven to one of E.V. Williams Inc.’s three locations in South Hampton Roads to be transformed into a usable product. Read more.
New York State Electric & Gas has recently installed its first concrete utility poles in the Town of Patterson in Putnam County and Town of Bethel in Sullivan County. Concrete poles can potentially last longer than traditional wooden poles and have a good record of withstanding wind, ice and snow.

Source: A very brief article by The Associated Press which was posted November 2 on the Web site of The Wall Street Journal.
After several roads in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar were damaged in rain that has continued non-stop in late October, experts have suggested building concrete roads that can survive similar downpours. A single spell of rain is enough to create potholes on the roads. If some of the roads, which are located in low-lying areas and are prone to waterlogging, can be "concretized," as officials term it, there would be no need for frequent repairs.

Source: An October 27 article posted by The Times of India. Read more.
NRMCA has created a series of training modules to help develop promotion and advocacy strategies for concrete streets and local roads (SLR). The series will be offered at no cost to NRMCA members and partners as a 10 Webinar series beginning on Friday, November 22, at 11a.m. Eastern time with a promotion and advocacy overview. This first Webinar will cover general issues and approaches appropriate for review by any producer or coalition that is considering a SLR promotion effort. Subsequent Webinars will provide much more detail on recommended strategies and approaches. Please note that these modules can be packaged together and presented in half or full-day sessions on location. Click here to sign up for any of the first four Webinars below:

SLR Planning & Strategy:
                1- Promotion/Advocacy Overview: Glenn Ochsenreiter/Amy Miller, Friday, November 22, 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time
                2 - Team Building & Situation Analysis: Phil Kresge/Doug O’Neill, Thursday, December 5, 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time
                3 - Promotion for DOTs, Counties & Municipalities: Jon Hansen/Phil Kresge, January 9, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time
                4 - Winning Initial Projects in Counties & Municipalities: Jon Hansen/Amy Miller, January 29, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time
                5 - Elected-Official Advocacy: Glenn Ochsenreiter/Amy Miller, details to be announced

Additional modules focus on utilizing promotion/advocacy resources and will be scheduled beginning in February 2014: Utilizing MIT Research Results, Industry Promotion & Technical Resources for SLR & Parking Lots, SLR Concrete Construction & Repair Basics, Overlays for SLR and RCC for SLR.

For more information, contact Glenn Ochsenreiter at or 240-485-1140.
NRMCA Senior Director, National Resources, Doug O'Neill recently attended the Northeastern States Materials Engineers Association (NESMEA) annual meeting in Portsmouth, NH, along with promotion partner Jonathan Kuell with the Northern New England Concrete Promotion Association. NESMEA member states include Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hamphsire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. O'Neill and Kuell were invited  to attend the event by the Materials & Research Division of the NH DOT, which had hosted them in a meeting several weeks prior. The topic of discussion was why DOT officials have never considered using concrete for intersections, round-a-bouts and parking lots.

The answer to the question of "why" was met with "we really don't know, other than asphalt is all we've ever used," O'Neill related. He and Kuell then introduced their hosts to the concrete industry's design resources and provided them with evidence of what other cold weather states are doing, prompting a return visit in late November that will include members of the construction, bridge and highway design sectors along with a representative of the Commissioner's Office. Several other valuable contacts were made at this event; O'Neill said he will follow-up with each of them.

For more information, contact Doug O'Neill at
More than 80 participants attended Concrete Forums held recently in Brooklyn Park and Rochester, MN, reports NRMCA Vice President, National Resources, Jon Hansen. Sponsored by Portland Cement Association-North Central (PCA-NC) Executive Director Doug Burns and marketed by Margaret Mills with the Minnesota Concrete Council, NRMCA’s newest state affiliate, this series of forums focused on ACI 330 parking lot design, concrete overlays of existing asphalt parking lots, and the use of fibers in concrete flatwork applications.

"Within days of the forums, April Stier, pavement engineer with PCA-NC, received a request from a facilities engineer who attended a parking lot Design Assistance Program (DAP) for a project that was designed with asphalt but is now seeking a concrete option," Hansen said. "Another request for a Streets and Local Roads DAP is being processed at the request of a city engineer that attended. In addition to these urgent requests for DAP service, there were a number of national and regional companies requesting follow up information for future projects."

For more information, contact Jon Hansen at To learn more about the Minnesota Concrete Forums and the variety of topics presented throughout the year, contact Doug Burns at To learn more about the Minnesota Concrete Council, contact Margaret Mills at or view its Web site.
The NRMCA Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Task Force will hold a conference call on Thursday, November 14, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Anyone interested in participating but has not yet signed up may still do so. Topics of discussion will include RCC specification, contractor qualifications and the ready mix industry's perceptions of RCC.

For details, please e-mail Phil Kresge at
NRMCA's Promotion-focused Webinars have resumed in November. This Friday is the next Webinar, on ACI 330 and why it's the gold standard when designing concrete parking lots. Click on the title below for more information, including online registration.
The Euclid Chemical Company
NRMCA is now accepting entries for its 2013 Kids Art Contest. In rounding out the 100th Anniversary of Ready Mixed Concrete, the theme for the contest is "The Evolution of the Ready Mixed Concrete Truck." The contest is open to kids up to grade 12 who have a relationship to an NRMCA member.

• All entrants must be related to or sponsored by an NRMCA member.
• Contestants are limited to one entry each.
• Artwork should be 100% produced by the entrant and be original.
• Entries may be in a medium of the artist's choice (oil, water color, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, etc.). Entries can be a drawing, collage, painting or other two-dimensional work.
• All entries must incorporate a ready mixed concrete truck in some manner – but should not be limited to a picture of a ready mixed concrete truck.
• Entries must be on 11" x 14" flat paper. We encourage artwork to be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Entries should not be framed or matted.
• For contact purposes, please include artist’s name, address, phone number, age and grade, and the name of the NRMCA member and his/her relationship to the artist on the back of their artwork.
• Entries must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, December 31.

Entries will be divided into the following grade categories: pre-K, K-2, 3-5 and 6-12. First, Second and Third place winners will be selected from each grade category. Entries will be judged only against others in their respective grade category. They will be judged on originality, effort, creativity, composition and interpretation of the theme.

Winners in each category will be announced at NRMCA’s Annual Convention, March 1-3, 2014 in Las Vegas. Winning entries will be auctioned off at the CONCRETEPAC Dinner & Auction to help raise money for NRMCA’s Political Action Committee. Images of the winning entries will be used later in the year to create a 2015 NRMCA calendar; winners and the sponsoring members will receive a free copy of the calendar.

All entries will be displayed at NRMCA’s Annual Convention and CONEXPO – CON/AGG, and entries will be on display at NRMCA’s headquarters in Silver Spring for the remainder of 2014. NRMCA reserves the right to copy and modify any entry for reproduction. Entries will not be returned and may be used for future promotional opportunities. 

Entries must be post marked no later than December 31, 2013 and should be mailed or delivered to:
Kerri Leininger
900 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910 

For more information, contact: Kerri Leininger at or 240-485-1159.
The Manufacturers, Products & Services (MPS) Division of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2014 Concrete Cares Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in community service by an NRMCA producer member company, are now being accepted.

With ready mixed concrete plants in almost every community in America, NRMCA member companies are making a real difference. From Earth Day celebrations, to organized volunteering for Boys & Girls Clubs, local schools and recreation departments, to raising awareness for breast cancer screenings, ready mixed producers are at work every day in their communities. The Concrete Cares Award aims to recognize these efforts and shine a national spotlight on the positive impact ready mixed concrete companies have in hometowns across the nation. A donation, in the name of the selected honoree, will be made to the charity of their choice. The award will be presented at NRMCA’s Annual Convention, March 1-3, 2014 in Las Vegas, during the Association’s annual Awards Breakfast.

Ready mixed concrete producers that are members of NRMCA are eligible for nomination. To check out past honorees and submit a nomination for consideration, please use the form found here and forward the nomination form and supporting materials to Kathleen Carr-Smith, senior vice president, membership and communications, via e-mail at or mail to 900 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, December 31, for consideration.
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 Tuesday, December 3, in Sacramento, CA, and Wednesday, December 4, in Glendora, CA. Dealing with concrete specifications, troubleshooting low strength problems and ensuring proper mixture submittals can be expensive and time consuming. This one-day course will get into code and specification requirements (ACI 318, 301, ASTM C94) governing ready mixed concrete, including exposure categories in the ACI Building Code 318-11. It will suggest specification revisions for all around benefits in performance and cost which is based on a specification guideline document. The guideline document is the result of review of numerous concrete specifications (Section 03300) belonging to large owners and has been reviewed and supported by NRMCA's Research Engineering and Standards Committee.  

The course will cover the analysis of strength test results to identify causes for low strength problems and provide guidance to track compliance with specification requirements. Non-destructive testing techniques such as the Rebound Hammer, core testing, evaluating core test results for acceptance and assignment of responsibility will be discussed. The course also provides necessary details required for an efficient concrete mixture submittal following the ACI 318 Flowchart for Selection of Concrete Mixtures.

Course instructors are Luke Snell, P.E., FACI, FASCE, Western Technologies and Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E., vice president technical services at NRMCA. 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, including registration links and staff contact.
As business winds down, allow your operations staff to hone immediate skills that increase efficiency and performance practices as well as their compliance parameters. Registration fee discounts are extended to those companies that send three or more people to one class title.

The Effective RMC Supervisor – Silver Spring, MD, November 12-14. Click here for more information. 
Environmental Professional Certification – Orlando, December 4-6. Click here for more information. 
Plant Manager Certification – Orlando, December 10-13. Click here for more information.

These three classes are required to earn NRMCA's STEPS "Operations and Production" Track certification, CCPf. STEPS is the ready mixed concrete’s industry most prestigious employee professional development program, supporting career development and job retention/succession planning.

For more information or questions, contact NRMCA's Jessica Walgenbach at or 240-485-1152.
The deadline for submitting abstracts for NRMCA’s 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference is Saturday, November 30. The ninth annual conference is scheduled for May 12-15 just outside Boston at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. The conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. Researchers, academics, students, engineers, architects, contractors, public works officials, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts. Suggested topics include the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as it relates to sustainability.

Abstracts can be submitted online by November 30. The 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference is being held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Showcase scheduled for May 15, 2014. Registrants for the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference will have the option of attending both events.

Click here for more information or contact NRMCA's Lionel Lemay at or 847-918-7101.
On October 30, Reps. Richard Hanna (NY-22), Tom Rice (SC-7) and Michael Michaud (ME-2) introduced H.R. 3413, the True Understanding of the Economy and Safety Act (TRUE Safety Act). This bipartisan legislation seeks to halt the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) "restart rule" change until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a full assessment of the data and rationale the agency used in issuing its rule. FMCSA’s change, which limits the use of the 34-hour restart provision to once a week covering two periods between 1 and 5 a.m., adversely affects the ready mixed concrete industry as well as the trucking industry at large. These rule changes were implemented without the completion of a field study required by Congress. Passage of H.R. 3413 would require the old 34-hour restart rule to be put back into effect until after FMSCA completes the study and GAO reports on its assessment of the rule.

In coming weeks, NRMCA, in cooperation with members of the Hours of Service Coalition, will be seeking additional cosponsors for the legislation from House members and will work with the coalition and sponsors to see it move forward.

For more information contact NRMCA's Kerri Leininger at

The November 2013 issue of Concrete Capitol Connection is now available online, with updates on legislation, regulation and case law from the previous month. If you would like to receive this monthly newsletter in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments, please contact NRMCA’s Elizabeth Fox at
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 the Week of October 28 - November 1, 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 Elizabeth Fox at
On Wednesday, November 20, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, NRMCA will host a free Webinar,  STEPS A Long Term Career Tool for the RMC Industry. Because STEPS (Seminars, Training, & Education, Programs) continues to play an important role in the ready mixed concrete industry as its premier certification program, this short, FREE Webinar will discuss what the program is and how to enroll. Learn how STEPS®  encourages industry employees to participate in a broad range of technical, operations, sales and sustainability classes through NRMCA, state associations and through their respective companies. The program also builds industry-wide standards for consistent performance that not only enhances business outcomes but also illustrates to employees that they have a device to plan long-term ready mixed concrete careers.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at 240-485-1164 or
Considering the current sales environment and producers’ recovery goals for 2014, it has never been more timely to beef up sales skills to close orders. To help, NRMCA will offer a hands-on, updated workshop, CCSP Module II, Understanding Your Concrete Contractor's Business, December 3-5 in Silver Spring, MD, at the RMC Research & Education Foundation Center.
Topics tie directly into what a sales rep should know that impacts business, including learning about contactors’ estimating methods, bidding, design, procurement, project planning and scheduling. Those that pass the optional exam receive credit toward CCSP Module II certification. This is a required class for STEPS recognition.

Click here to register or for more information.
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

November 4-8, Silver Spring, MD
Concrete Technologist Training & Certification "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 7, Scottsdale, AZ
Regional ConcreteWorks, Southwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158
November 8, Webinar
ACI 330 R-08 – The Gold Standard of Concrete Parking Lot Design
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 8, Phoenix, AZ 
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification
Email: Susan Kregar,
November 12-14, Silver Spring, MD
The Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
November 15, Okemos, MI
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158
November 18, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete - Part 1 (*Part 2 on November 25)
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
November 20, Free Webinar
STEPS™ A Long Term Career Tool for the RMC Industry
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 2-3, Online Course
Designing Pervious Concrete Pavement for Municipal & Commercial Applications
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
December 3, Webinar
Roller Compacted Concrete: Another Choice for Pavement
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 3, Sacramento, CA
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
December 3-5, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 4, Glendora, CA
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
December 4-6, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 9-12, Online Course and Certification
Concrete's Role in Sustainable Development
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
December 10-13, Orlando, FL 
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 23, Webinar
Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete - Part 1 (*Part 2 on December 30)
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
January 14, Webinar
Concrete Pavement Jointing Plans
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
January 15, Free Webinar
STEPS™ A Long Term Career Tool for the RMC Industry
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
January 20-23, Webinar
Building Green with Concrete
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
January 28, Webinar
RCC: Intro to Design and Construction Webinar
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
February 11-12, Online Course
Designing Jointed Concrete Pavement for Streets and Parking Areas
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
February 18, Webinar
Understanding Asphalt
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
February 24-27, Webinar
LCA of Concrete Structures
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
March 18, Webinar
Controlling Moisture in Concrete Slabs
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
March 25, Webinar
Concrete Overlays for Streets and Local Roads and Parking Lots
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
May 6, Webinar
Soils 101
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
June 17, Webinar
Concrete Pavement Jointing Plans
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382
August 19, Webinar
Controlling Moisture in Concrete Slabs
Email: Amanda Hult, 303-953-2382

  November 6, 2013
Fritz-Pak Corporation
Marcotte Systems Ltd.
MPAQ Automation
Putzmeister America, Inc.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc.
Webwise Websites, Inc.
900 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Phone: 301-587-1400 Toll Free: 888-84 NRMCA (846-7622)


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