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NRMCA is seeking submissions for the annual Concrete Cares Award, established by the Manufacturers, Products & Services (MPS) Division to recognize outstanding contributions in community service by an NRMCA producer member company.

Today through Friday, November 2, Amazon is offering a higher rate of charity support through its AmazonSmile program. This week, for every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate 5% of those purchases to the Foundation, which is 10 times its normal AmazonSmile donation rate. If you have not yet signed up for AmazonSmile, simply click here and then shop from www.smile.amazon.com – there is no difference between the two sites – only that part of your purchase goes toward the Foundation with the AmazonSmile version.

Since the Foundation established its AmazonSmile account in 2015, purchases through AmazonSmile have resulted in over $2,000 in contributions to the Foundation. It’s an effortless way to get great deals while supporting the Foundation so please sign up today.

For more information on the work of the RMC Research & Education Foundation, please visit www.rmc-foundation.org or contact Julie Garbini or Jennifer LeFevre.

   WAM USA, Inc.       Kryton International    
Pavement

Last week, NRMCA partnered with the Wyoming Technology Transfer Center and the American Concrete Pavement Association's Colorado/Wyoming chapter to bring ”Key Steps for Building a Successful Concrete Project” to Rock Springs and Casper, WY. Jamie Johnson, PE, a pavement engineer for the chapter; Dave Figurski, PE, technical services engineer, LafargeHolcim, and NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem, presented the latest innovations in concrete design and construction of concrete pavements, including an overview of proper construction techniques for concrete flatwork, concrete overlays, NRMCA's Design Assistance Program and other industry resources. The programs were attended by over 40 professionals from WYDOT, the towns of Evanston and Pinedale, the cities of Gillett and Powell, several engineering firms and a general contractor. Several towns requested copies of the slides used in the presentations for training of staff who could not attend.

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

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Workforce Development

Fact: people quit because they have serious issues with their immediate supervisor. In an environment where our industry cannot lose one more mixer driver, it is critical that plant, operations, dispatch, fleet and driver managers, and supervisors understand the scope and tasks they are expected to execute. To stress the importance even more, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the most common business lawsuit filed is by employees against their employers; and the employees cite their direct supervisors as the cause. Therefore, class content includes industry-specific, hands-on exercises to develop solid procedures to increase efficiency and profitability by using better business processes and communication methods with front-line employees.

This class is held just once a year. Dates are January 22-24 in Kissimmee (metro-Orlando), FL. Register now and take the fee as a 2017 expense. Click here for more information, registration options and staff contact.

   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    
Government Affairs

On Wednesday, October 31, President Trump, Ivanka Trump and Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Larry Kudlow will host NRMCA Chairman Rodney Grogan, Vice Chairman Bill Sandbrook, and employees of NRMCA member companies US Concrete and Chaney Enterprises for a discussion of the importance of the ready mixed concrete industry.

Mr. Grogan and Mr. Sandbrook will sign the Pledge to America’s Workers at the event, reaffirming their commitment and the industry’s commitment to providing our workforce with the training necessary to prepare our workers with the skills and education they need to advance their careers and serve the industry. If your company has not signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, please click here, sign and return the pledge. The White House will host events throughout the country with the President, Ivanka and members of the Cabinet emphasizing the importance of workforce development and will be reaching out to pledge signers for participation in these events.

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

   BASF Construction Chemicals       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
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The annual NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum will be held January 8-10 in Orlando, FL. As the new year launches, it is time to make sure experienced as well as neophyte schedulers and dispatchers are primed to make the order flow seamless. Since their work pressure continues to remain intense, they must be terrific at juggling competing demands at a much faster pace. New dispatchers often perform unevenly while under fire and even seasoned veterans can find it difficult to step back and change old habits. Put learning to work; attendees return ready to perform more efficiently in core skill areas:

• Putting Orders in Order - Mastering technical, practical and customer-service issues;
• Scheduling Success - Juggling priority customers, advance notices, callbacks, plant managers and sales reps, and a possible cement shortage;
• Technically Speaking - Knowing ASTM-C94 is vital to success;
• People Professionalism - Managing stress, phone skills and peers. Customers aren’t always right yet they must be served for their benefit and a producer’s too; and
• Details, details, details - Dealing with clean-ups, small load charges... the list goes on.

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

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Registration is about to close 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.

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 your 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 to register or for more information. You may also contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

NRMCA's Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry. As a salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver’s career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career of Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional. The 2019 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in Tampa, FL, in March 2018.

Click here to download the nomination form and for more information. Applications must be e-mailed to Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org by Friday, December 28, 2018.

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
Engineering

NRMCA is offering its information-packed, one-day course, Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals, intended for concrete producers, contractors, engineers and testing labs on Wednesday, February 27, in Milwaukee in association with the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

   Mack Trucks, Inc.       Ryder Fuel Services    
Calendar

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

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, Seattle
Insulating Concrete Form Contractor Training Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

November 29, Kansas City, KS
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 5, Boston
Insulating Concrete Form Contractor Training Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 6, Hartford, CT
Insulating Concrete Form Contractor Training Course
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, Minneapolis
Insulating Concrete Form Contractor 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 11 – 15, Orlando, FL
Regional Short Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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

April 16, Denver
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

   Concrete Pump Supply       Naylor Association Solutions