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NRMCA President Michael Philipps has delivered a letter to the White House thanking President Trump for his commitment to the industry. As a veteran of the construction industry with 33 years of experience, Philipps has a deep understanding of how the health of the American economy relies in part on the protection of the 600,000 jobs and livelihoods of the men and women who work for NRMCA member companies.

“Concrete is undoubtedly critical to rebuilding and strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, and we stand committed to building a more resilient, safer country," Phillips wrote. "At NRMCA, this goal is the driving force behind our advocacy work. Our national grassroots coalition, Build With Strength, consists of civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts dedicated to enacting safer and more cost-effective building standards. Strengthening local and national building codes and improving American infrastructure is among our organization’s top priorities."

Click here to read the full letter. For more information on Build With Strength, contact Kathleen Carr-Smith at kcarrsmith@nrmca.org.

   WAM USA, Inc.       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold an open house on Wednesday, May 15, in Salisbury, NC, that will feature the latest technologies in the concrete materials and paving arena. The FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Trailer (MCT) introduces agency and industry personnel to the state-of-the-art concrete technology in materials selection, mixture design, field and laboratory testing and pavement evaluation. The MCT is visiting North Carolina to introduce new test methods related to Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) initiative and other innovative tests related to concrete materials and construction relevant to field performance.

Examples of equipment that will be demonstrated/showcased include:

• Super Air Meter (SAM) - Cutting edge technology to measure air void characteristics of concrete

• Surface Resistivity - Rapid measurement to indicate permeability of concrete

• Box Test - Measurement of workability for paving concrete

• V-Kelly - Measurement of workability for paving concrete

The open house is located at the Power Curbers & Power Pavers Global Headquarters Training Center, 727 Bendix Drive, Salisbury, NC 28146 (off exit 76 of I-85). (Please either park in front of the building or to the left of the building in the side parking lot; come in the front entrance and turn right to head to the training facility.) Please register by Friday, May 10, by contacting Melisse Leopold at mleopold@snyder-associates.com or by phone at 515-964-2020.

Pavement

The ever popular NRMCA Parking Lot Boot Camp was recently held in the beautiful waterfront offices of McGuire and Hester in Alameda, CA. This latest Boot Camp was sponsored NRMCA Producer member Central Concrete Supply Company from across the Bay in San Jose, with Juan (Johnny) Gonzalez handling the planning.

“Fifteen people attended the 10-hour Parking Lot Boot Camp over the course of the two half-day event”, reports NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Jon Hansen, who conducted the Boot Camp with his NRMCA colleague Phil Kresge.

“This was an exciting Parking Lot Boot Camp to be involved in. All the attendees were planning their next steps, at the end of the first day and again at the conclusion. This Boot Camp is certain to deliver big results in the future,” Hansen concluded.

For more information contact Jon Hansen at jhansen@nrmca.org.

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NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safety work practices give to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry as a whole. The NRMCA 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. The award program is generously sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB).

The award may be presented to an individual whose single action or long-time commitment to safety and health in the ready mixed concrete industry exemplifies superior performance in the field of safety. Examples of the award winner could be a ready mixed concrete truck driver whose actions were lifesaving. Other examples could include plant managers, safety managers and company officials who have outstanding long-time dedication to safety and health in the ready mixed concrete industry. Other examples would be an individual’s involvement in community safety activities. The award may also recognize a corporation, coalition or organization that was unrelenting in its pursuit of safety for the industry. Nominees may have created and implemented a life-saving and or injury-preventing safety solution. Examples of the award winner could be a ready mixed concrete producer company, a ready mixed concrete state association or an industry-related equipment or material supplier.

Criteria for selection of the individual or company may include evidence of the following:

• Reduction of accidents/incidents

• Demonstration of leadership in safety

• Identification, evaluation & control of hazards

• Development of safety-conscious policies & procedures

• Active promotion of safety in the workplace

• Innovation & enthusiasm in marketing safety

• Collaborative & proactive work toward improving safety

• Placing a high personal value on safety

• Mentoring of others in safety

Nominations shall be made by submitting a detailed explanation for why the individual or company should be considered for the award. The explanation should focus on highlighting the criteria listed above. Submissions should include necessary supporting documents, a high-resolution electronic image of the nominee (if an individual), a high resolution company logo and any other relevant images.

Entries must be e-mailed to Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org by Friday, June 28. Click here for more information, nomination requirements and staff contact.

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. NRMCA member companies producing ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the U.S., its territories or Canada are 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.

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

Does your facility need to report to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program? Have you run the calculations to determine if your facility does? Do you know what the requirements are and/or how to report if necessary? Now’s the time to obtain answers to all of these questions. Remember, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TRI Program “tracks the management of more than 650 toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment.“ Specifically, “U.S. facilities in certain industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment.” This information is then submitted annually to EPA and compiled in the TRI.

Facilities that handle toxic chemicals, including ready mixed concrete plants, are required to calculate the quantities that were handled and if any quantity is over an allowable threshold, that chemical and amount need to be reported under the program. Should a facility need to report, the reporting deadline is July 1, 2019.

Click here for more on the program, listed chemicals, potential for reporting and when/how to report. You may also contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org or Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

Buildings

This Build With Strength activity report summarizes activity in state and local legislation for April 2019. Locations of interest are municipalities throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Click here to access the advocacy report. For more information, contact John Loyer at jloyer@nrmca.org.

   BASF Construction Chemicals       Charah, Inc    
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NRMCA is now accepting applications for the Excellence in Quality Award contest. A company must be a NRMCA Producer member in good standing to participate. Companies can enter as a company or a division. Applicants are asked to respond to a multiple-choice application form that generates their scores. Companies or divisions that achieve a score of 75% or greater will be recognized at NRMCA's ConcreteWorks scheduled from October 5-7 in Kissimmee, FL.

There are several advantages to participating in this award program, including:
1. It provides recognition to the companies that maintain high quality standards.
2. It provides industry average quality benchmark data to the companies that participate.
3. It can serve as part of an internal quality audit and quality improvement program for companies.

Click here to access the link for the Excel file. Before starting the survey, please download the file to your computer and save it using a different file name (company/division name). Then e-mail the completed Excel file and required attachments to Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org by Sunday, June 30. For more information, contact Vice President, Technical Services, Karthik Obla 1-888-846-7622, x1163 or kobla@nrmca.org.

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
   Roebuck Consulting Group       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.

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

2020

January 14 – 16, Des Moines, IA
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

   Concrete Pump Supply       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    
   Basys Processing, Inc.       Vantage Strategic Advisors