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The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in October 2018 is 36.4 million cubic yards, 5.2% higher than that in October 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2018 through October is 308 million cubic yards, 3.4% higher than that during the same period in 2017.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. More detail is available to NRMCA members here.

The hotel reservation deadline for NRMCA’s 2019 Annual Convention is Monday, February 11. 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 room block is available until Monday, February 11 or until the room block sells out, whichever occurs first. The discounted rate cannot be guaranteed after the cutoff date.

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.

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Pavement

Thornton, CO, City Pavement Management Engineer Richard Nickson, PE, and NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem, PE, recently presented a talk titled Concrete Overlay at Thorncreek Golf Course at the Denver Metropolitan Government Pavement Engineers Council (MGPEC) annual meeting. The breakout session drew more than 30 attendees from numerous agencies and engineering firms, including NRMCA members Dave Gray of GCC America and Leonard Velasquez, SLV Quality Concrete, who were on hand to field questions. Both Gray and Velasquez were instrumental in the development of the Thorncreek project. About 10 copies of the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots (sponsored by the RMC Research & Education Foundation) were distributed.

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

 A delegation of four NRMCA producers were in Las Vegas last month as guests of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Board of Directors and the ASCC Opening Night Kick Off Bash. 
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Workforce Development

Please attend NRMCA's Workforce Development Committee meeting at the annual convention on Tuesday, March 5, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Hear about all the work it did during its first year as well about its plans. Additionally, this very active committee hopes you will share your input. The group will follow up with a two-day working meeting and networking opportunity in Chicago, May 13-14.

Current committee membership includes senior HR and training executives/directors/managers, and senior level managers from all spectrums of the ready mix business. The committee’s goals are to address industry-wide recruitment and retention, as well as employment, labor, regulatory and legislative issues while continuing the work of the former Educational Activities Committee. In today’s full employment economy, our industry is vigorously competing with everyone to fill – and keep – staff, from entry level to the C-Suite. Only by working together can we support the skills, knowledge and employment practices that buttress the current and future ready mixed concrete business environment.

For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org or 240-505-7116.

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NRMCA has crafted the fourth annual member survey to measure regulatory action within the industry to determine regulatory trends on specific issues, issue types and in geographic regions. This information, while strictly confidential, will help NRMCA to better tailor its actions to address and/or combat any such issues and to keep a finger on the pulse of when, where, how and why regulatory agencies are targeting and/or levying enforcement actions against the industry.

NRMCA urges you to take the survey at your earliest convenience. The survey will be held open until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, February 28.

Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

Registration for NRMCA’s Spring Safety Course is now open; please note that this course will sell out very soon. It will take place April 9 - 11 in Orlando, FL. This 2.5-day course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance. It begins 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 the new silica rule, 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 much more.

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

Buildings

NRMCA encourages our industry's personnel to register for a webinar pertaining to revising the LEED rating and version 4.1. Please note this is not a NRMCA webinar, but it will assist your EPD strategy. This webinar is hosted by SCS Global Services, an EPD and sustainability consulting firm. The webinar is titled LEED v4.1 EPD Update for Manufacturers and will be held on Thursday, February 21. The latest version of LEED was recently released and there are some exciting changes to the EPD credit. Join this free short webinar hosted by SCS Global Services to review the evolution of the EPD credit, including detailed information on new pathways for meeting Option 2 of the LEED credit.

Register here. For more information, contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org or 412-420-4138.

Products & Services
 For just $7.00 per person through February 28, your staff can access NRMCA’s Online Safety and Environmental Series. Each 15- to 20-minute video lesson is streamed 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that registered individuals may view a lesson an unlimited number of times within the 30-day streaming period. At the end of the video, the individual takes a quiz and can print his/her certificate of completion. Supervisors can also access a printable log by name as proof of training to satisfy your insurance carriers and OSHA. These extras are only available in the online format.
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Engineering
  
 The members of NRMCA's Research, Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee have named Frank Kozeliski the winner of the 2019 Richard D. Gaynor Award. Mr. Kozeliski (seen here) is a long-time veteran in the concrete industry. He was the owner of Gallup Sand & Gravel in Gallup, NM. The company has been a member of NRMCA since 1951; Kozeliski sold the company in 2007. Since then, he has continued his passion for concrete by educating, promoting and developing innovative concepts.
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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.

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

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

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

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

December 10 – 13, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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