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Pavement
Schwing America, Inc.
NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge recently met with representatives of the design and construction division of Sheetz, Inc. Kresge was joined by Ken Crank, director of concrete promotion for the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA). Historically, Sheetz has used concrete pavements for its convenience stores, and Kresge and Crank sought to reinforce the concrete industry's position. They also discussed sustainability, including the concept of insulating concrete forms (ICF) construction.

Based in Altoona, PA, Sheetz is a convenience store chain that operates 553 stores in several Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, contact Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.
Association & Industry News
Fritz-Pak Corporation
NRMCA is looking for good men and women to serve on the Association's 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 its success is a direct result of the skills and expertise of the professional staff working in conjunction with Board members. 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, the immediate past chairman and past chairmen of the Board for the previous seven years who are still in active in the industry. The selected slate of nominees is then presented to and elected by the general membership and will begin serving three-year terms immediately following the 2018 annual convention. Nominees should have the following attributes: 
  • Current NRMCA producer member in good standing;
  • Hold key decision making responsibility within his or her company;
  • Inherent leadership, management and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts;
  • Commitment to attend and participate in two Board meetings each year and fulfill the duties and responsibilities as referenced in the Board Job Description; 
  • Serve on NRMCA committee(s) of his or her choice;
  • Annually support the association's Political Action Committee (CONCRETEPAC) and the RMC Research & Education Foundation;
  • Attend and participate in promotion programs in his or her region; and
  • Actively recruit new members and help to retain existing members.
Any NRMCA member can submit a nomination and individuals are also free to nominate themselves. Click here for a list of current NRMCA Board members along with the year that his or her term expires. Please note that members who have served three-year terms and are going off the Board in 2018 are not eligible for re-election until 2019. The exception to this is Board Members who are filling an unexpired vacant seat. Those individuals are marked with an asterisk. Help build NRMCA’s future by nominating a strong industry leader today! Nominations are due by Friday, July 14.

For more information, contact Heather Houck at hhouck@nrmca.org.
Government Affairs
True Dispatch
Next month, NRMCA Government Affairs Department will host two DC Days: Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 19. NRMCA’s DC Days is an opportunity for you to come to your nation’s capital to meet with your elected representatives and their staffs to discuss important issues impacting the ready mixed concrete industry. Choose the date that works best for your schedule and we will do the rest.

July’s DC Days will focus on building the membership of NRMCA’s two Congressional caucuses - the Ready Mixed Concrete Congressional Caucus and the Resilient Construction Congressional Caucus - both of which serve to advance the interests of the ready mixed concrete industry. In addition, we will advocate for provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill and continue to support the development of a $1 trillion infrastructure package.

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org or Cara Gavagan at cgavagan@nrmca.org. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC.
OES
NRMCA will offer a free Webinar this Friday, June 23, at 11 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the changes for drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) federal regulations in 2017. Over the last decade, the federal HOS regulations have been subject to numerous court actions, executive branch and congressional meddling. Now, once again there are recent, new revisions to the HOS rules, including the confusing 30-minute break, 34-hour restart provision, and when mixer drivers do and don’t need to use logs. Do you know how these changes impact your drivers? Is your company in compliance? Do you know how to be compliant? This Webinar will explain what the law is, how the industry is impacted, and what your company and drivers need to do, or not do, to be compliant. The Webinar will also cover the new ready mixed concrete driver compliance scenario for Electronic Logging Devices or ELDs.

Click here for more information, staff contacts and to register.
Registration for NRMCA’s Fall 2017 Safety Course is now open; please note that this course has a limited number of seats and will sell out very soon. The course will take place October 17-19 in Denver. This 2.5-day course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance, beginning 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, fire fighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts.
Each August, Members of Congress recess to their districts for a month of local activities. Congressional staff are already planning the legislators' schedules and those schedules should include you! One of the best ways to build relationships with your Member of Congress is by hosting a plant tour; an opportunity to spend time with your congressional representative and lay the foundation for advocating for the ready mix industry. Members of Congress love these because they are educational and activity-based (they make great photo opportunities) while providing them not only an opportunity to learn about issues facing local businesses, but also to meet many of the employees at the plant.

If you are interested in hosting your Member of Congress for a plant tour, please contact Andrew Tyrrell for more information. He will help you contact your congressional office and offer guidance on how to host a plant tour.
Engineering
Earlier this month, NRMCA Engineering Staff attended the ASTM meeting of Committees C09 on Concrete and C01 on Cement in Toronto and filed the following update:
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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.

June 23, Free Webinar
Drivers’ Hours of Service – What’s New for 2017?
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
July 12, Salt Lake City
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132
 
September 18 - 20, Salt Lake City
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 1 - 3, Grapevine, TX
NRMCA ConcreteWorks 2017
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 10 – 13, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
October 17 – 19, Denver
Safety Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 2, Salt Lake City
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 6 – 10, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Technical Short Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 13 - 14, Dallas 
Leadership, Coaching for Operations Executives
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 15, Dallas
Sales Managers Leadership Workshop
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
November 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 5 – 7, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
December 12 – 15, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
2018

January 9 – 11, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
 
January 16 – 19, 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 23 – 25, Orlando, FL
RMC Effective Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

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

March 27 – 30, Louisville, KY
Plant Manager Certification Course
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
News Links
The Washington Business Journal has posted a story in which the wood industry has responded to the Build with Strength industry campaign that has called attention to a number of fires in the wood buildings across the U.S. In this article, the Leesburg, VA-based American Wood Council has its say.

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The Chicago Tribune recently toured NRMCA member LafargeHolcim's limestone mine near Joliet, IL, to get a better understanding of how Chicago gets its concrete. The resulting detailed article, graphics and video also quotes NRMCA Producer member Ozinga Bros. a major ready mix supplier to the metropolitan area.

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About 150 ready mix trucks poured "20 million pounds" of concrete in one of the largest pours in Denver's history. The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station was the site of the pour. The CBS News Denver affiliate posted the article on June 10.

View here.
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