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Early bird registration is now open for the NRMCA 2019 Annual Convention, co-located with the Portland Cement Association’s Spring Board and Committee Meetings, scheduled for March 5 - 7 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL. Register now to take advantage of the early bird pricing discount and save more than $100 off the regular registration fees. NRMCA has contracted a discounted room rate at the Saddlebrook Resort of $239/night plus taxes. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the reservations line at 800-729-8383 and asking for the "NRMCA” rate; however, we encourage you to make your hotel reservations online. The hotel reservations cut-off date is Monday, February 11, or when the block sells out, whichever occurs first.

For more information, please contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach at jwalgenbach@nrmca.org. Click here to access the NRMCA 2019 Annual Convention registration and the resort's online reservations' link.

The deadline for submitting nominees for NRMCA's annual Concrete Cares Award that recognizes outstanding contributions in community service by an NRMCA producer member company has been extended to Monday, January 21.

NRMCA member companies are making a real difference throughout the United States. From Earth Day celebrations to organized volunteering for Boys & Girls Clubs, local schools and recreation departments, to raising awareness for breast cancer screenings, ready mixed producers are at work every day in their communities. The Concrete Cares Award aims to recognize these efforts and shine a national spotlight on the positive impact ready mixed concrete companies have in home towns across the nation. A donation in the name of the selected honoree will be made to the charity of its choice. The award will be presented at the upcoming NRMCA Annual Convention, during the Association’s annual awards breakfast.

Ready mixed concrete producers that are members of NRMCA are eligible for nomination.Click here to read more on eligibility criteria and to download the relevant application form. Materials should then be sent to Brett Ruffing, executive vice president, membership and communications, by e-mail to bruffing@nrmca.org or mail to 900 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

   WAM USA, Inc.       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
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The deadline to submit nominations for the NRMCA Promoter of the Year – Pavements Award, Promoter of the Year – Buildings Award, State Affiliate Promoter of the Year Award and the John Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award for Promotion is this Friday, January 18. These awards will be presented at NRMCA’s 2019 Annual Convention, March 5-7 in Tampa, FL.

Nominees for the Promoter of the Year awards must be current employees of NRMCA Producer members; nominees for the State Affiliate award must be employees of the affiliate and have worked in the industry for at least five years; nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award must be former employees of NRMCA member companies who are retired or deceased.

You can help industry promotion champions get deserved recognition by nominating them for these prestigious awards. The most recent award winners are Andrew Lester, MMC Materials, Inc. (Promoter of the Year – Pavements); Drew Turner, Concrete Supply Company (Promoter of the Year – Buildings); Craig Dauphinais, MaCAPA (State Affiliate Promoter of the Year) and Larry Gibbes (John Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award).

Click here for more information and nomination forms. Questions can be directed to Phil Kresge at 1-888-846-7622, ext. 1193 or by e-mail, pkresge@nrmca.org.

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Workforce Development

It’s that time of the year when producers look back on their driver pool challenges and analyze their overarching and current needs for the upcoming year. NRMCA can help you with the important task. How? Members can download the free 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey report. It is a whopping 145 pages of industry-specific, unemotional analytics that you can slice-and-dice to fit your needs. It’s a straight-forward tool for you to interpret through the lens of your goals. The 2019 survey questions will be online from April 15 through June 15 with the full report released September 15. NRMCA looks forward to your participation.

Have questions about the annual survey? Contact Vice President, Education, Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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Remember, starting February 1, all employers need to display their OSHA 300A log where all employees have access to it. The summary log needs to stay posted through April 30, 2019.

Click here for more information on OSHA recordkeeping requirements and here to access OSHA 300A forms and instructions. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org or Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

Government Affairs

On January 3, 2019, NRMCA Government Affairs was on Capitol Hill to meet and greet new Members of Congress and their staffs. The first day of each Congress is typically a time when each office hosts an open house for constituents and interested parties to drop in, say hello and meet new members and staff. NRMCA stopped by to see a number of returning friends, including Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Garret Graves (R-LA), David Rouzer (R-NC) and Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). In addition, NRMCA was able to drop in on Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and newly elected Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Each of these offices represents a strong ally to the ready mixed concrete industry and NRMCA’s Government Affairs agenda.

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

The third annual Cement and Concrete Fly-In will be held April 9-10, 2019. Mark these days on your calendar and make plans to attend. We will be joining members of other North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) associations to lobby on federal issues important to the industry. As the Democratic House majority seeks bipartisan issues to collaborate with the Republican Senate and president, NACA associations must seize the opportunity to lobby for a robust infrastructure investment.

Click here for more information or contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Engineering
 Over the past two years, NRMCA engineers have been in contact with the American Institute of Architects to ensure that the MasterSpec is consistent with ACI 301-16 and 318-14 requirements related to concrete with reduced level of prescriptive requirements and has improved language relating to the quality of acceptance testing. What follows is a summary of revisions made in the MasterSpec December 2018 version that pertain to the quality of acceptance testing.
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The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), put into law in 1986, requires industries to report on the “storage, use and releases of hazardous chemicals (and materials) to federal, state, and local governments.” This specific reporting requirement under EPCRA is commonly referred to as Community Right-to-Know (CRTK) reporting, Tier II reporting and/or Section 311/312 reporting. The reporting deadline is Friday, March 1.

Click here to learn more about EPCRA, chemical/material thresholds and how to report. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org or Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

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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.

January 22 – 24, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

February 19 – 22, Charlotte, NC Sold Out
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

February 27, Milwaukee
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

March 26 – 29, St. Louis
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

April 9 – 11, Orlando, FL
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

April 16, Denver
Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

April 23 – 26, Portland, OR
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

   Concrete Pump Supply       Vantage Strategic Advisors