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Schwing America, Inc. Fritz-Pak Corporation
Recently, NRMCA’s Local Paving engineers Amanda Hult and Brian Killingsworth joined the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in presenting the Design of Concrete Pavements course in Lombard, IL. The 2-day pavement course provided in-depth design and construction strategies for conventional concrete, pervious concrete, roller-compacted concrete and concrete overlays. Attendees participated in the design of several concrete projects. The next Design of Concrete Pavements course will take place March 23-24, 2017 in St. Louis.
Click here to register or contact Amanda Hult at for more information.
As reported early in November, Swederski Concrete Construction, Inc. met the owner’s challenge of minimal out of service time by placing 80,000 square feet of paving and material receiving area in one day. Utilizing a laser guided placement screeds and a Saturday commitment from a ready mix producer for just this job, the project northwest of Chicago highlights the speed and back in service time that concrete so often is seen at a disadvantage.

"Now you can view a 4 minute video on the project and see how it was done," reports Jon Hansen, NRMCA senior vice president, local paving.

Click here to view the project. For more information, contact Jon Hansen at
Association & Industry News
Each year, NRMCA is proud to recognize all of the member companies that support the organization through NRMCA’s annual sponsorship program. In 2016, we were proud to recognize BASF, CarbonCure, Command Alkon, Euclid Chemical Company, GCP Applied Technologies, Lytx, Sika, Trimble plus many more as sponsors. Our targeted program offers participating companies the opportunity to show support for your customers, ready mix producers, through their sponsorship. Our research shows that NRMCA members are more likely to support companies that support NRMCA through sponsorship than those that do not.
NRMCA’s 2017 Sponsorship Program is now available. No matter the size of your marketing budget, NRMCA’s sponsorship program has many opportunities for you to show your support. Show your customers that you back their association by becoming an NRMCA sponsor today!

For more information, contact Kathleen Carr-Smith at
WAM USA, Inc. Putzmeister America, Inc.
Government Affairs
The Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund operations for most federal agencies at current fiscal levels until April 28, averting a possible government shutdown late Friday night and completing its legislative business until the 115th Congressional session begins on January 3, 2017.
Last week, over 300 business and industry groups – including NRMCA – joined forces in sending a letter to Congressional leadership calling on it to prioritize regulatory reform during the 115th Congress. The letter, led by the U.S. Chamber of Congress, emphasized the need for swift passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) which builds on basic principles of a "fair regulatory process" with more accountability to Congress and the American people.
NRMCA has added two more building experts to bolster the Build with Strength Concrete Design Center, a nationwide effort to offer technical expertise to developers and design professionals in order to incorporate cutting-edge concrete solutions into their building projects. The experts, Michelle Roberts and Patrick Matsche, have joined the association’s Structures and Sustainability Division as senior directors, building innovations.
Los Angeles is the third largest city in the U.S. and unlike its sister cities, New York and Chicago, does not ban the use of combustible, light-framed wood construction within city limits. Recently, however, large scale fires in LA like the DaVinci development fire have brought the issue front and center before the City Council.
With LEED v4 officially launched on November 1, suppliers to the green building marketplace expect to see activity and inquiries regarding product transparency, whether in the form of environmental, health or responsible sourcing disclosure. As such, the Health Product Declaration Collaborative recently launched a directory of products with HPDs.
BASF Construction Chemicals True Dispatch
Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a long-anticipated negotiated rulemaking that establishes guidelines for minimum training requirements for individuals seeking to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
As 2016 closes, folks are signing  up quickly to assure registration fees fall into producers’ 2016 expenses. As a result, do NOT delay signing up for a class. Below are the operations classes that will run in the first quarter of 2017:
For more information, contact NRMCA's Jessica Walgenbach at or 240-485-1152.
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. The Euclid Chemical Company
his month, NRMCA staff attended a meeting in Orlando, FL, of ASTM Internation Committees C09 on Concrete and C01 on Cement. The following is the report of key committee action
NRMCA is presenting the one-day course Improving Concrete Quality, intended for concrete producers, ingredient material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, on Wednesday, January 18, in Sacramento, CA and Thursday, January 19, in Ontario, CA. Improving Concrete Quality, a book authored by one of the instructors, and other NRMCA resources provide the basic content for the course.
McInnis USA, Inc. Xypex Chemical Corp
Education & Training
The last two Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) series are open for registration. They will be taught at NRMCA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Register now and take the fee as a 2016 expense.
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

December 15, Gettysburg, PA
Regional ConcreteWorks Atlantic Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132
December 15, Free Webinar
Meeting new LEED v4 product transparency requirements with system verified EPDs
Email: James Bogdan, (412) 420-4138  

The deadline for nominations for the NRMCA Promoter of the Year Award, Affiliate Promoter of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Promotion has been extended to Friday, January 20, 2017. These awards will be presented at NRMCA’s 2017 Annual Convention, March 4-6 in Las Vegas.
Recently, the Roseville, CA, City Hall Annex became the first building to become rated by the U.S. Resiliency Council® (USRC). It received the USRC's highest Platinum Earthquake Rating. The 4-story office building houses critical operations for the city and, in the case of an earthquake, city officials needed the reassurance that these mission critical services would be housed in a safe, resilient structure. This platinum award is the highest USRC award and validates the excellent performance expected of this building in its design level.

Roseville is within the greater Sacramento region and has a moderately high seismic hazard (compared to the "high" or "extremely high" hazard in much of the rest of California) and achieved high seismic performance with only a nominal, if any, increase in construction cost. The building’s structural system incorporates a high-performance precast concrete hybrid moment-resisting frame that limited design level drifts to less than 1.25% and is designed to be self-centering after the design seismic event, therefore eliminating residual drifts, limiting damage and providing for reduced recovery time.

The U.S. Resiliency Council® (USRC) was formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and launched in November 2015 to establish and implement a rating system for the performance of buildings in earthquakes and other natural hazards. The system is currently applicable to earthquake performance, but the vision is for it address other hazards, including wind, flood and blast. 

Build with Strength, a coalition of NRMCA, promotes concrete building systems through communications, project promotion, education and advocacy. To learn more about these programs and how you can promote local disaster risk assessment and mitigation with concrete, please contact Tien Peng at 206-913-8535 or
Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd. CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
January 10 - 12, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 17 - 19, Kissimmee (Metro Orlando), FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 18, Sacramento, CA
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 19, Ontario, CA
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 24 - 26, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 24 - 27, Kansas City, MO
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
February 7, Dallas
Leadership, Coaching & Management Skills for Senior RMC Managers
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
February 6 - 10, Salt Lake City
Regional "Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
February 21 - 24, Atlanta
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
February 28, Harrisburg, PA
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
March 4 - 6, Las Vegas, NV
Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
March 20 - 22, Atlanta
NRMCA Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

March 21 - 23, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
April 25 - 28, Seattle
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
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