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Jeremy Gregory, the executive director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently wrote an article for USA Today's Opinion section that discusses how Pavement Vehicle Interaction influences fuel use and greenhouse gas. The article, titled "Poor Road Quality Costs Consumers at the Pump and Boosts Greenhouse Emissions" can be viewed here.

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Pavement

NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Luke McHugh recently spoke on Successful Concrete Pavements in Northern Climates at the New England Public Works Expo in Boxborough, MA. Examples included local road projects from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. One particular example highlighting concrete’s durability was a ¼-mile section of Westbound Route 20 that approaches the intersection with Route 31 in Charlton, MA. The concrete pavement, which is on a steep downhill gradient and heavily traveled by large commercial vehicles, is 20+ years old while the asphalt intersection pavement has been milled and replaced twice since initial construction. In attendance were public works directors and engineers from towns throughout the region.

For more information, contact Luke McHugh at lmchugh@nrmca.org.

NRMCA’s local paving engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will present a 2-day Design of Concrete Pavements course in the Cincinnati/Covington, KY area beginning December 6. This course will provide instruction on how to design and detail concrete pavements used in highways, streets and parking lots by considering the traffic loads, soil conditions and resulting pavement stresses

Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge recently attended a meeting of the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), where he presented The Why’s and How’s of Selling Concrete.

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Workforce Development

There are a few seats left for NRMCA’s annual Concrete 101 class. It is taught by NRMCA's Engineering Department and is an introduction to concrete fundamentals for those who need a broad overview of technical and operations essentials. The curriculum is appropriate for sales reps, dispatchers, administrative/home office and mid-level staff as well as those in executive functions whose jobs do not relate to concrete per se, but who should have knowledge of the industry. This class is NOT appropriate for technical ready mixed concrete personnel.

The workshop will be held October 9-11 at the RMC Research & Education Foundation Center in Silver Spring, MD. The attendees’ exam will be the morning of October 12. For those working toward their NRMCA STEPS® CCPf certification in Sales and Marketing Track, this is a required class. For others working toward CCPf certification in other STEPS tracks, the class is the qualifying prerequisite or an elective.

Click here for more information, including registration options and staff contact information.

Two required classes in the STEPS career certification program will run this Fall. They are:

Fall 2018 Safety Course, October 16-18, Glendora, CA - 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. There will also be a special emphasis on OSHA's new silica regulations.

Click here for location details, registration options and staff contacts. You may also contact Kevin Walgenbach for more information.

Environmental Certification Course, November 27-29, Orlando, FL - 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. Those who should attend include plant managers, environmental managers, compliance managers, executives or anyone with fiscal and/or environmental responsibilities that should know the details concerning a company’s responsibilities when it comes to EPA regulations, the Clean Water Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management and numerous other critical environmental matters.

Click here for registration options and more information.

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Buildings

The ICC 2021 Code Proposals Public Comment Hearings will take place from October 24 - 31 in Richmond, VA. While there are many relevant proposals involving the ready mixed concrete industry, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) is prepared to take action on three issues it considers to be of particular importance: valet trash, tall wood buildings and exterior wall fire spread. NASFM has developed position statements for each, including the issue, background, and recommended actions. Please see the corresponding links below:

For more information, please contact Jon Narva, NASFM director of external relations, at Jon@NarvaAssociates.com.

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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.

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
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) 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

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

November 14 – 15, Fort Worth, TX
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) 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

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 5 – 6, Phoenix, AZ
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) Roundtable & Site Tour
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

February 19 – 22, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

February 27, Milwaukee, WI
Handling Concrete Specifications
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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