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The Build with Strength (BWS) Monthly Advocacy Report has been updated; each month it outlines the state and local measures BWS is actively tracking and working on for the ready mixed concrete industry. There is no shortage of pro-wood industry activity at the state and local level. Stay informed, organize and activate!

Click here to access the advocacy report. For more information, contact John Loyer at

   WAM USA, Inc.       Kryton International    

In October, the voting members of the International Code Council are poised to make a momentous decision that could normalize tall wooden structures, up to 270 feet, in our communities. What is now a case for special consideration, given the known risks of cross-laminated timber, will become commonplace and put residents and communities at risk.

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   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    

The 56 conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill were scheduled to meet for their first public meeting on Wednesday, September 5. NRMCA continues to look for mass timber provisions that may be included during conference and has sent letters to all conferees asking that they oppose the inclusion of these provisions (see related item under the Buildings section). Because the House and Senate passed different versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, the conference committee is appointed to iron out differences between the versions and recommend a unified bill. This can be a difficult process, especially when the versions contain dramatically different provisions, such as the House-passed bill’s work requirements for welfare.

If your Member of Congress is part of the conference committee, you can ask him or her them to oppose any mass timber building programs. To find out who your Member of Congress is, click here. To find out who is on the conference committee, click here.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at

Government Affairs

As Congress returns from August recess, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) is set to introduce the NRMCA-supported Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act. This legislation incentivizes rebuilding after a natural disaster with resilient construction – FORTIFIED standards or equivalent – by offering tax credits for individuals and companies that do. This legislation has been introduced in each of the past several sessions and NRMCA continues to advocate for its inclusion in a larger tax package.

You can see past versions of this bill here, an information page here and a Frequently Asked Questions page here. Stay tuned for action alerts to urge your representative to cosponsor this important legislation.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at

   BASF Construction Chemicals       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
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NRMCA's Government Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, September 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in association with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2018. The minutes of the March 4, 2018 meeting are posted here, the draft agenda is posted here, along with the Antitrust Statement here and the Committee Policy here.

The Government Affairs team is soliciting input from the committee in advance of the meeting. Government Affairs Committee members are invited to click here to take a brief survey and provide feedback on the upcoming meeting.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week the creation of the new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). The new DOL office will “will promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans' wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to refine their metrics to ensure the efficacy of the Department's compliance assistance activities.”

Last week, President Trump nominated current National Labor Relations Board member Mark Gaston Pearce to serve for a third term. Seen as a controversial choice to continue serving on the Board, Pearce, a recess appointment by President Obama, has helped to issue new rulings that have increased employer burdens and titled rules in favor of union organizing.

Registration for NRMCA’s Fall 2018 Safety Course from October 16-18 in Glendora, CA, is now open; please note that this course will sell out very soon. 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, firefighting and evacuation, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and more.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts.

Registration continues for this year’s Environmental Certification Course to be held in Orlando, FL, November 27-29. Course attendees will be educated on industry-specific environmental issues that affect ready mixed concrete production, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Solids Management, Hazardous Materials, Dust Control, Recycling, Spill Prevention Plans, Air Quality Management, Noise Management, Environmental Auditing and much more.

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
   Mack Trucks, Inc.       Ryder Fuel Services    

NRMCA’s Luke McHugh and Phil Kresge recently met with construction staff for Wawa, a chain of more than 800 convenience stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, DC. NRMCA offered enhancements to its Mid-Atlantic pavement specification and discussed increasing the amount of concrete pavement throughout future store locations. Wawa asked NRMCA to review its Florida concrete pavement specification and to return in the coming months to speak to a much larger in-house group. Wawa currently builds about 50 new stores annually. NRMCA will work with Wawa to see if suitable projects can be identified.

For more information, contact Luke McHugh at


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

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
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

October 17 – 18, Milwaukee
Build With Strength: Roundtable & Site Tour
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

October 23 – 24, Springfield, MA
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

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

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: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

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

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

November 29, Kansas City, KS
Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, South Central 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 *Sold Out
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135


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

   Concrete Pump Supply       Naylor Association Solutions