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The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in June 2018 is 34.3 million cubic yards, the same as that in June 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2018 through June is 169 million cubic yards, 2.8% higher than that during the same period in 2017.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. More detail, including second quarter production by state, is available to NRMCA members here.

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Pavement

NRMCA’s Amanda Hult recently joined Tennessee Concrete Association’s Executive Director Alan Sparkman (shown on left below) and Beech Construction Services in testing the pervious concrete placed at the Hamilton Springs Station located in Lebanon (below right). This development has been showcased as a part of Tennessee’s first transit-oriented development community according to an article in the Lebanon Democrat. Sparkman has been instrumental in working with Beech Construction Services on several pervious jobs, counting toward the advancement of the pervious certification levels. NRMCA Producer member company IMI supplied the pervious concrete for the project.

For more information, contact Amanda Hult at ahult@nrmca.org.

NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem recently conducted a Webinar on concrete overlays for parking lots for Chris Barker, SE, LEED AP, senior structural engineer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Utah. Clem outlined the history of concrete overlays in the region, project selection criteria and how to use the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots (funded by RMC Research & Education Foundation). Also attending the meeting at the church's engineering office in Salt Lake City was Clem's NRMCA colleague Patrick Matsche, Brad Stevenson of the Utah Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Mike Smith of NRMCA member Forta Corp. who coordinated the Webinar. NRMCA will work with Mr. Barker to see if a suitable concrete overlay pilot project can be located.

For more information, contact Don Clem at dclem@nrmca.org.

NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Ken Justice's longtime devotion to the Philadelphia Eagles rose to a new level when he was recently inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association (PFUFA) at the NFL Hall of Fame. Justice traveled to Canton, OH, last week to don the Eagles’ green and be recognized as a super fan; PUFUA honors top fans in the NFL for years of dedicated services in the community as well as at all home games for their respective team.

Justice was one of 14 across the NFL to receive such an honor. The inductees received a gold coin and a gold ring (see photo) and are invited back to Canton for future Hall of Fame weekends. In addition, Justice put his NRMCA speaking skills to the test during an interview on national television with Nate Burleson and Coleen Wolf of the NFL Network (also pictured).

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Each year, hundreds of people attend NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship, which is a highlight of the year! In conjunction with ConcreteWorks, September 29 through October 1, this conference is one of the best opportunities for ready mix producers to interact with companies that provide goods and services to the concrete industry.

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Government Affairs

Last week, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) agreed to reintroduce NRMCA’s resilient construction tax credit. This legislation provides a tax credit of up to $3,000 to individuals and $25,000 to companies who rebuild after a federal disaster using resilient construction techniques. This legislation was introduced for the past several sessions of Congress and garnered broad bipartisan support. NRMCA will lead a push for cosponsors once the legislation has been introduced, so stay tuned to ask your Member of Congress to support this important legislation.

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

The Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is putting forward legislation to renew the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with an eye to giving states and localities more say and improve the transparency of the listing process. The committee intends for these changes to play a role in contributing to broader efforts to streamline permitting for infrastructure projects. NRMCA joined the Portland Cement Association and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association in sending a letter of support to Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and the committee’s work on this draft proposal.

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

NRMCA last week joined the American Trucking Association and members of the Transportation Construction Coalition, including the Associated General Contractors, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association, in supporting H.R. 6178, the HOURS Act, introduced by Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR-1), Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4). This legislation would build on victories NRMCA secured for the ready mixed concrete industry in the FAST Act: increasing the air mile radius from 100 to 150 miles. The bill further underscores the need for Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device mandate reform and will likely be part of a broader discussion and push for Hours of Service relief for the construction industry, with NRMCA advocating for ready mixed concrete-specific relief.

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

NRMCA is working with the White House to promote workforce development, job training and skills-based education. Last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing his administration to develop a national strategy for creating and promoting workforce development through skills-based training and partnerships with private employers, educational institutions and non-profit organizations like NRMCA. As part of this initiative, the White House is calling on America’s employers to pledge to train and retrain its current and existing workforce through the Pledge to the America’s Workers. Across America, companies like IBM, Walmart, Lockheed Martin, FedEx and Home Depot are signing.

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Buildings

Join the Build With Strength team and other coalition partners for a roundtable and site tour event where we’ll explore the latest innovation in concrete construction: Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) (see photos here).

You’ll learn how ICFs are helping apartment and hotel developers, school districts and other building owners provide high-performance concrete buildings at a competitive first cost and low operating cost. You’ll learn from developers, architects and contractors about their experiences designing and building with ICFs. They will tell you about energy efficiency, fire safety and noise reduction provided by concrete construction. You will have a chance to ask questions during the roundtable discussion before taking a tour of completed projects and projects under construction.

This event is targeted to developers, architects, engineers and contractors. However, NRMCA encourages concrete producers and other product manufacturers to attend one or more of the events and bring a decision maker with you. In fact, when you register yourself, you will receive a Promotion Code for free registration for your invited guest. Register to today for one of our upcoming events:

  • October 17-18 - Milwaukee
  • November 14-15 - Fort Worth, TX
  • February 5-6, 2019 - Phoenix, *registration coming soon

Come and learn from the experts about the most durable and energy efficient concrete building system and see the product in action for yourself!

For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at LLemay@nrmca.org or 847-918-7101.

Majil’e McCray has joined the NRMCA Building Promotion team as project manager, structures and sustainability, to support the Build With Strength Concrete Design Center. Based out of Elizabeth, NJ, Ms. McCray will develop design recommendations, cost estimates and proposed details, converting building projects to concrete. The Build With Strength program presents developers with concrete building innovations, alternatives and solutions.

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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.

Summer/Fall, Cheyenne/Casper, WY
Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

September 6, Phoenix
Regional ConcreteWorks, Southwest 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 17 – 18, Milwaukee
Build With Strength: Roundtable & Site Tour
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 23 – 24, Springfield, MA
Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northeast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

October 30, Okemos, MI
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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

November 14 – 15, Dallas
Build With Strength: Roundtable & Site Tour
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

November 27 – 29, 2018, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

November 29, Kansas City, KS
Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, South Central Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

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December 4 – 6, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 11 – 14, Austin, TX Sold Out
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

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