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Association & Industry News

NRMCA is looking for good men and women to serve on the 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 our success is a direct result of the skills and expertise of our professional staff working in conjunction with our Board members. Director 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, immediate past chairman and past chairmen of the Board for the previous seven years who are still active in the industry. The selected slate of nominees is then presented to, and elected by, the general membership and will serve a three-year term that begins immediately following the Annual Convention in 2019.

Please click here for more information that includes links to a list of current Board members, Board job description and nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, July 20. You may also contact Heather Houck at for more information.

Government Affairs

NRMCA Opposed Provisions NOT Included in Farm Bill - In a victory for NRMCA and coalition partners, the 2018 Farm Bill, which was made public late last week, did not include the full text of the Timber Innovation Act (TIA). In particular, the bill did not include language authorizing a Tall Wood Building Competition – something the wood industry has been pushing hard. This bill seeks to use taxpayer funds to promote the use of wood in the high-rise building market.

Despite this good news, NRMCA is stepping up its opposition to the TIA and its inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill. Last week, NRMCA hosted a conference call to reactivate the Stop the Timber Innovation Act Coalition and NRMCA is working closely with members of the House Agriculture Committee ahead of this week's committee meeting to consider amendments to the Farm Bill.

Take Action to Keep Congress from Replacing Concrete with Wood - As NRMCA Government Affairs staff lobbies this issue with Congress, we need you to make your voice heard. Here are two ways to help:

  • Lend your support to this letter opposing the Timber Innovation Act (TIA). E-mail Kerri Leininger at or Andrew Tyrrell,, to have your company’s name listed as a signer.
  • Send Congress a message here to let them know you oppose the TIA and that you oppose adding it to the farm bill. Forward this letter and this action alert to friends, colleagues and coworkers and ask them to support the letter and to let their voice be heard.

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In will take place May 15-16 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. NRMCA will host a government affairs event the morning of May 15, with the official TCC program beginning that afternoon. In conjunction with the TCC Fly-In, NRMCA will also host a DC Days for NRMCA members, so please let us know if you are attending so we can begin to request meetings for you. This is an opportunity to lobby for issues important to our industry, including infrastructure and opposition to the Timber Innovation Act.

Make your reservations directly with the Grand Hyatt by calling 888-421-1442. Mention TCC Fly-In for the discounted $329 per night room rate. Cut-off date is April 20. You can register for the TCC Fly-In here.

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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).

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 by Friday, July 27. Click here for more information, to download an entry form and staff contact.

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A new topic in the NRMCA Technology in Practice (TIP) series is now available: TIP 19 – Reuse of Returned Concrete provides general guidance and options used in the industry to manage returned concrete. This TIP also discusses the option for top loading materials on a returned load to generate a new load, with the  cautions that are necessary to ensure that concrete meets the purchaser's requirements. The details of a new ASTM specification on returned concrete, ASTM C1798, are outlined in this TIP.

TIPs are developed by the NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee and are intended as an educational resource for ready mixed concrete industry personnel. Each of the TIPs can be previewed on NRMCA's Web site.

The next NRMCA Concrete Durability Course will be offered on May 22-24, 2018 at the Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch (Dallas area), TX. The course is taught by Michael Thomas, University of New Brunswick, Kevin Folliard, University of Texas at Austin and NRMCA Engineering staff. The course provides a fundamental understanding of the nature of cement and concrete as they relate to durability of concrete. Topics will cover cracking, alkali aggregate reactions, sulfate attack, corrosion of reinforcing steel, freeze-thaw durability and other aspects. A group exercise will be facilitated to familiarize attendees with NRMCA's Concreteworks software used for mass concrete and service life prediction. The course also discusses the durability provisions in the Building Code - ACI 318-14 and how specifications can be structured to address durability. Comprehensive reference material is provided as course notes that is an excellent resource to concrete producers and associated technical personnel.

Those with the NRMCA Level 3 Certification obtain the NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 4 Certification when passing the exam offered with the course. It is not essential to have attended the NRMCA Technical Short Course to attend the Durability Course. The course provides required learning units toward the technical track of the NRMCA STEPS certification program. Persons interested in attending this course are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Click here for registration options and more infomation.


The concrete paving industry, represented by Angela Folkestad, PE, executive director, and Jamie Johnson, PE pavement engineer, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) CO/ WY Chapter and Don A. Clem, PE, NRMCA vice president, local paving, recently met with the public works leadership of the City of Aurora, the third largest city in Colorado. They discussed the future of concrete pavement in the city, and how to improve communications between the concrete industry and Aurora city officials. The meeting was facilitated by Councilman Bob Roth and included the deputy city manager, public works director, manager public works operation, deputy director public works and transportation project delivery manager. Each of them agreed to work together to improve the performance of concrete pavement in the city.

ACPA and NRMCA are already assisting the city with a concrete pavement preservation project: East 32nd Avenue, in north Aurora.

For more information, contact Don A. Clem at

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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 17, Las Vegas, NV | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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

November 13, Lansing, MI | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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


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

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

March 19 – 21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-113


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

April 26, Webinar
Changing the Building Code in Favor of Concrete at the State and Local Level
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 10, Webinar
Build with Strength: Communicating the Brand and Message
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 15, Grapevine, TX (Open to former Developing Industy Leader Participants)
Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) Workshop
Email: Eileen Dickson

May 17, Charlotte, NC
Regional ConcreteWorks, Lower Atlantic Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

May 22 – 24, Dallas
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

May 23, Bozeman, MT
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

August 21, Birmingham, AL | Registration Information Forthcoming
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

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