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The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in April 2019 is 32 million cubic yards, 6% higher than that in April 2018. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2019 through April is 103.4 million cubic yards, 3.5% higher than that during the same period in 2018.

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

   WAM USA, Inc.       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
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 NRMCA encourages today’s rising stars to apply for a unique opportunity that will support personal career growth in the ready mixed concrete industry. The mission of the Developing Industry’s Leaders (DIL) program is to create a unique setting for tomorrow’s leaders to interact, both professionally and socially, with more established professionals while providing responsible leadership and transferable knowledge about the ready mixed concrete industry over a long period. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the program boasts just under 200 alumni.
   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    
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 This past spring, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that employers with 100 or more employees will be required to report data on all their employees, detailed by pay, hours, race, sex and ethnicity. The information reporting deadline was May 31, 2019 for demographics and then September 30, 2019 for the detailed pay and hours data. The pay/hours data due in September is required to cover both 2017 and 2018. The EEOC has announced that employers can start reporting this information as of this past Monday, July 15. As well, the EEOC has also released filing support guidance materials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a free Webinar next Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Eastern time on learning how to improve energy across various aspects of your ready mixed concrete facility by managing energy data and fleet efficiency, and increasing employee engagement through recognition. Hear how your peers from NRMCA Producer members CEMEX, CalPortland and Ozinga are getting it done and being recognized for their efforts by ENERGY STAR as an industry leader in energy and environmental sustainability. Learn from these companies how you can use resources and tools from ENERGY STAR to help manage and save energy to improve your facility's bottom line.

Click here for more information and to register. For more information, contact Gary Mullings or Kevin Walgenbach.

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 This month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) adopted the AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action. The historic resolution passed 4,860 to 312 at the 2019 AIA National Convention in Las Vegas. The intent is to provide a framework for the AIA to prioritize and support urgent climate action to exponentially accelerate the “decarbonization” of buildings, the building sector and the built environment.
   BASF Construction Chemicals       Charah, Inc    
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Engineering

The following topics in the popular NRMCA Concrete in Practice (CIP) publications have been updated.

• CIP 13 – Blisters on Concrete Slabs

• CIP 21 – Loss of Air Content in Pumped Concrete

• CIP 22 – Grout

• CIP 23 – Discoloration

• CIP 39 – Maturity Methods to Estimate Concrete Strength

• CIP 40 – Aggregate Popouts

• CIP 41 – Acceptance Testing of Concrete

Revisions to CIPs are facilitated by the NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee to ensure that current information is covered. CIPs are used by concrete producers as educational material to distribute to users, contractors and other interested parties. They are written in a “What? Why? How?” format.

CIPs are available in sets of individual topics, collated sets and special series sets. Topics can be viewed and purchased here.For more information, contact Jacques Jenkins at jjenkins@nrmca.org or 240-485-1165.

NRMCA’s Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition offers producers national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practice 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 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 Washington, DC. 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 Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org by Friday, July 26. Click here for more information on and to download the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards entry form.

   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
   Terex Advance       Ryder Fuel Services    
Sustainability

NRMCA Associate member CarbonCure Technologies was recently profiled in a news article from the Reuters news service titled U.S. Lawmakers Take a Concrete Step to Battle Emissions. The article includes news that Hawaii's Department of Transportation will use carbon-injected concrete on concrete products; a government official states this allows for less cement to be used in mixes. In the U.S., Austin, TX, officials are encouraging pilot programs to use the greener concrete. Read more.

Calendar

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

July 24, Webinar
Refreshing ENERGY STAR’s Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Focus Webinar
Email: Karen Butler, 202-343-9717

July 30, Boise, ID
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) Build for a Lifetime
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

August 1, Roy, UT
ICF Insulated Concrete Forms & Concrete Construction
Email: Brad Stevenson, (801) 550-7058

October 5 – 7, Kissimmee, FL
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

October 22 – 24, Irving, TX
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

October 22 – 25, Dallas
CCSP Module I: Introduction to Concrete Fundamentals—Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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

November 19 – 21, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

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

December 17 – 19, Dallas
CCSP Module II: Understanding the Concrete Contractor’s Business
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

   Concrete Pump Supply       Hendrickson Auxillary Axle Systems    

 

2020

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

January 21 – 24, Florence, KY
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

January 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

January 28 – 30, Dallas
CCSP Module III: Business for Profit: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

February 25 – 28, Miami
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

March 7 – 9, Las Vegas
NRMCA 2020 Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

March 10 – 14, Las Vegas
CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

March 17 – 19, Dallas
CCSP Module IV: Sales Fundamentals for Sales and Non-Sales Staff
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152 

September 27 – 29, Aurora, CO
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 240-485-1152

   Basys Processing, Inc.       Shumaker Industries