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The window to accept speaker proposals for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 Education Sessions is Thursday, November 15. Once again, there will be a specific concrete track. The general audience is contractors looking for immediately applicable information. Sessions also attract mid-level operations and production staff. Submittals must be made using the online call for proposals link. Accepted speakers will be notified by mid-March 2019.

For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

Jeremy Gregory, executive director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, was one of a number of contributors to a recent article on the Mother Jones Web site on how to better confront the next Florence. "“It’s like when you buy a car and see that label about fuel economy. We need a similar thing for buildings,” he wrote.

"The key thing is building structures that are not just designed to withstand normal weather events, but built to last longer and withstand more extreme events. Part of the challenge with that is a lot of structures built a long time ago aren’t adequately prepared to sustain the increasing severity of storms," Gregory wrote. "We’re not even talking about entirely rebuilding structures. Sometimes it’s just about making sure that homes have a good connection between the roof and the walls and that you have protection for windows and doors. Because after the wind breaks that pressure seal, then a lot of the damage comes from the water."

   WAM USA, Inc.       Kryton International    
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Recently, NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem and his colleague Phil Kresge traveled to Puyallup, WA, to present a Parking Lot Boot Camp to NRMCA Producer members Miles Sand and Gravel and Caliber Concrete.

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Workforce Development

NRMCA is leading an industry effort to urge member companies to sign the Pledge to America’s workers. This summer, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to create policies that rely on joint efforts among the federal government, private employers, educational institutions, labor unions and non-profit organizations, and work with federal agencies for consistent implementation. The White House is seeking to engage NRMCA’s members and encourage them to sign the Pledge to America’s Workers, committing to training and retraining our workforce. Developing an educated and skilled workforce is a high priority for the ready mixed concrete industry and one that NRMCA focuses on regularly.

To show your support, please sign the Pledge to America’s Workers here and return it to Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    
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This year’s fall NRMCA Safety Course will take place October 16 - 18 in 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.

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

Registration is now open for this year’s Environmental Certification Course to be held in Orlando, FL, November 27 - 29.

Government Affairs

In a big win for NRMCA and the ready mixed concrete industry, the House and Senate agreed to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and include the Disaster Relief Reform Act (DRRA).

Please join the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) for a Webinar titled “NACA: 2018 Election Debrief” on Wednesday, November 7, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time. This Webinar will serve as an overview of the available election results, what this means for NACA’s members and how this will impact the next Congress. Midterm elections are historically tumultuous and 2018 is promising to be especially so. With a pro-business majority on the line, the results of the election will be impactful to the ready mixed concrete industry.

Please click here to register and also share this correspondence within your company. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact NRMCA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Andrew Tyrrell at 321-229-1785 or atyrrell@nrmca.org.

Buildings

Dramatic changes have been made in U.S. building codes over the past several years allowing combustible construction to be built bigger and taller. As we witness an exponential increase in multifamily apartment fires the past few years, the most egregious of these code changes is the proposed new class of wood high-rises. Without significant input from the fire services, code officials relied on work performed by the wood industry to justify the increased risk in building with a combustible material. This session will explore the real concerns to architects, engineers, developers, contractors and fire service professionals with tall timber construction. We will also explore resilient solutions and policies that the fire service can actively engage in reducing many of the safety and economic burdens that these potential fire disasters can cause to the community

Register for Mass Timber, Tall Tinder on Friday, October 12, at 1 p.m. Eastern time or here for October 18, at 1 p.m. Easter time. These Webinars will be lead by NRMCA's Tien Peng. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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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.

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

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

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

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
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
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

   Concrete Pump Supply       Naylor Association Solutions