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At the recent NRMCA Annual Convention, Build With Strength presented “Stronger”, a video highlighting the activities and accomplishments of the Build With Strength program across the country in 2018. Check out how Build With Strength is creating opportunities for the concrete industry every day! Don’t forget to follow Build With Strength on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to stay up-to-date on Build With Strength activities.

For more information about Build With Strength’s communications program, contact Kathleen Carr-Smith at 240-485-1145 or

Build With Strength has partnered with the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) to deliver a knowledgeable construction infrastructure to build with ICFs. The training is driven locally by NRMCA state affiliates and is targeting general contractors, framers, masons, concrete contractors and other trades who will learn the techniques to expand their construction services portfolio and be more competitive in today’s construction environment.

ICFs are quickly becoming the method of choice for all forms of construction, including single and multi-family housing, hotels, schools, offices – all forms of residential and commercial construction. The next event is being hosted by the Utah Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (URMCA). This course will provide basic ICF training to begin building with one of the fastest growing building systems on the market. It will be held on Tuesday, April 30, in Salt Lake City. Click here for registration details and more information.

For more information, you may also contact URMCA's Brad Stevenson at 801-550-7058 or, AGC of Utah's Serenidy Peterson at 801-363-2753 or NRMCA's James Bogdan at or 412-420-4138.

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Association & Industry News

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is looking for good men and women to serve on the Board of Directors. While serving on the Board requires both commitment and energy, it is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the industry.

NRMCA represents a broad range of ready mixed concrete companies across the United States and our success is a direct result of the skills and expertise of our professional staff working in conjunction with our Board of Directors. Director nominees must be committed to promoting NRMCA programs and working in the best interest of its membership and the industry at large. The Board provides strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and governance of the organization’s operations.

All nominees are vetted by the Nominating Committee, which consists of the current chairman of the board, the immediate past chairman of the board, and past chairmen of the board for the previous seven years, who are still in an active capacity in the industry. The selected slate of nominees is then presented to and elected by the general membership and will serve a three-year term that begins immediately following the annual convention in 2020.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 26. Please click on links below for more information or contact NRMCA's Heather Houck at

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After nearly two years of industry development, NSF International (NSF) recently published the product category rule (PCR) for concrete. Product transparency and disclosure are becoming discussion topics in the construction market primarily due to green building standards, market initiatives and, in some cases, state laws. The PCR is a set of industry rules to develop disclosure reports, specifically environmental product declarations (EPD). The PCR has a life span of five years. This PCR builds on the inaugural version (2013) to align with evolving standards such as ISO 21930:2017 and rating systems such as LEED.

The inaugural PCR has expired and verification to that PCR has ceased. For producers that have EPDs published to the inaugural PCR, your EPDs are still good until the expiration date. However, as EPDs are published to the new PCR there may be less market value of those EPDs over time, and you may want to consider a strategy to renew your EPDs or the tools supporting your EPD development. For ready mixed concrete producers pursuing EPDs, you may now use the new PCR.

As LEED v4 and its promotion of EPDs is being discovered in project specifications, it is important to consider your company’s EPD strategy. To date, the North American ready mixed concrete industry, including material suppliers, has 41 verified EPDs with a total of 18,275 products/mixes from 2,968 plants. The growth of EPD activity doubled since 2017 when LEED v4 became in effect and is expected to continue.

As part of the Build With Strength campaign, NRMCA promotes Strength Through Transparency for member and industry competitiveness in the green building marketplace and the trends toward product and company transparency.

If you wish to learn more about the disclosure in the green building construction industry, contact James Bogdan at or 412-420-4138.

NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safe work practices give to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry as a whole. The Annual Safety Award is presented to an individual or company whose actions represent the very highest in the advancement of safety in the ready mixed concrete industry. 

NRMCA’s Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition offers producers national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practices in their operations. The program salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment. Any NRMCA member company producing ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the U.S., its territories or Canada is eligible to enter. Awards will be determined upon individual plant merits. Winning entrants will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at NRMCA‘s ConcreteWorks this October in Kissimmee, FL. Winners will also be featured in a 2019 edition of NRMCA’s Concrete InFocus magazine and Concrete Products magazine.

All entries and photos must be e-mailed to by Friday, July 26. Click here for more information on and to download the entry form along with staff contact.

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The last Spring 2019 Plant Manager Certification class will be held April 23 - 26 in Portland, OR; there are 10 seats left. This 4-day course is industry specific and concentrates on issues that challenge plant managers all across the country. This intense-learning course includes the latest on product knowledge and technical standards, safety culture and OSHA-based regulations, operational and maintenance skills, current environmental issues and regulations from EPA as well as labor law issues and the challenges of supervision and training of industry personnel. The final class this year will be held December 10 - 13 in Orlando, FL.

The NRMCA Plant Manager Certification is required on all Army Corps of Engineers jobs and is considered the industry gold standard of training for all ready mixed concrete plant managers.

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

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The Thorncreek Golf Course Parking Lot Concrete Overlay Project recently received the 2019 Award for Excellence – Best Portland Cement Concrete Overlay, American Concrete Pavement Association, Colorado – Wyoming Chapter. The City of Thornton adopted a street rehabilitation program in 2015 and a component of this program was rehabilitating municipal parking lots throughout the city. The parking lot at Thorncreek Golf Course (shown here) became part of this program when the city closed the golf course for over a year and invested over $7 million in a major facelift of the entire facility. With assistance from NRMCA, Dave Gray, GCC of America, and Leonard Velasquez, SLV Quality Concrete, city engineers designed a thin concrete overlay over the existing deteriorated asphalt.

A life cycle cost analysis demonstrated that the concrete overlay would cost slightly less than removing and replacing the asphalt initially and would provide significant savings to the city over a 30-year life. SLV Quality Concrete paved the 10,000 square yard lot with a 3D laser screed and overlaid 2,300 linear feet of concrete curb, completing the project in six weeks while maintaining access to the facility for deliveries associated with the renovation. The City of Thornton is looking forward to saving over $110,000 over the next 30 years due to reduced maintenance and rehabilitation costs.

For more information, contact NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem at

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

May 14 - 16, Portland, OR
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

November 11 - 15, Baltimore
Concrete Technologist Training and Certification “Short Course”
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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


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

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

April 30, Salt Lake City
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) Contractor Training Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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