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NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem recently provided a presentation entitled Concrete Overlays Over Asphalt Parking Lots at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Concrete Association of Wyoming (CAW). Clem outlined how the NRMCA local pavement program works and how it can lead to increased business by seizing opportunities. Over the last few years, Wyoming producers have used NRMCA's Design Assistance Program to successfully promote both new and overlay concrete paving projects. Clem distributed over 10 Guides to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots to engineers and concrete producers in attendance. The overlay guide, which was funded by the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, has been used by Wyoming engineers to design concrete overlays over asphalt parking lots.

For more information, contact Don Clem at

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   BASF Construction Chemicals       Charah, Inc    
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The next NRMCA Concrete Durability Course will be offered on May 14-16 at the Embassy Suites Portland (OR) Downtown. The course is taught by Michael Thomas, University of New Brunswick; Kevin Folliard, University of Texas at Austin and NRMCA Engineering Staff. 

NRMCA and the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association are presenting the one-day course Improving Concrete Quality, intended for concrete producers, ingredient material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, on April 16 in Denver. Improved concrete quality can benefit all stakeholders in a concrete construction project. This course will answer some of the following questions:

  • How do you know if you have good quality? What should be your quality metric?
  • How to become more profitable through better quality?
  • What are all the key statistical calculations you need to know in concrete?
  • How to control the mixing water content in concrete?
  • How to deal with temperature and delivery time variations?
  • What is the most effective way to ensure that your materials ingredients are of good quality?
  • How to improve batching accuracy, mixing uniformity?
  • How to identify non-standard testing and curing? How to improve testing quality?
  • Tests a producer should do, internal audits and many more...

Course instructors are Kevin MacDonald, Ph.D., FACI, Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, and Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E. at NRMCA. Producers will learn readily implementable steps to manage variability and attain a more consistent product; ingredient suppliers will learn how material variation affects concrete variation; engineers will learn the opportunity for improving quality through specifications and testing lab professionals will learn to measure and improve testing quality. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will earn 8 professional development hours, a certificate of completion and credits toward NRMCA’s STEPS program.

Click here for more information or contact Karthik Obla at

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    

NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Ken Justice recently taught a half-day concrete pavement design class for more than 30 engineers and city employees at the South Dakota Ready Mix Association's annual convention in Deadwood, SD. The classes highlighted ACI 330, overlays, intermodal design and using the new paving design software on The class (seen here) worked through a sample warehouse site that has new paving for trucks and forklifts, employee parking lot and access road, and a concrete overlay of an existing parking lot. The program was well received, and the NRMCA was contacted by one of the attendees the very next day to complete a Design Assistance report – a free service offered by the NRMCA.

 For more information, contact Ken Justice at



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 today: submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, February 28.

Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at

   Roebuck Consulting Group       Ryder Fuel Services    

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 this Friday, March 1.

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

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

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

May 1, Charlotte, NC
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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