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This Build With Strength activity report summarizes activity in state and local legislation for the remainder of 2019. Locations of interest are municipalities throughout New Jersey and Massachusetts along with the cities of Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

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

Association & Industry News

Early bird registration is open for NRMCA’s 2020 Annual Convention, scheduled for March 7-9 at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas. NRMCA’s Annual Convention is the venue to explore industry trends and network with your peers. The convention is co-located with the Portland Cement Association and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s annual conventions; special discount pricing is available to those who are members of all three associations. In addition, these events immediately precede the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show and convention attendees receive significant discounts on show registration and seminar tickets when they register for the show at the same time via the link listed below.

NRMCA has contracted a block of rooms at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas at a discounted rate of $319/night plus applicable taxes with a daily resort fee of $25/night plus applicable taxes. We encourage you to register for the convention and, once registered, you will be directed to make your hotel reservations. The reservations cutoff date is Tuesday, February 11, 2020, or whenever the room block sells out, whichever occurs first. The room block is reserved for attendees of the NRMCA 2020 Annual Convention.

Click here to access the event registration link and more information on the convention itself. For more information, please contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach at 703-706-4852.

The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in September 2019 is 35 million cubic yards, 12.6% higher than that in September 2018. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2019 through September is 281 million cubic yards, 3.6% 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, including production by state for the 3rd quarter of 2019, is available to NRMCA members here.

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Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced “that it is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the current rate of 25 percent of the average number of driver positions to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions, effective in calendar year 2020.”

As per a 2001 rule titled, ‘‘Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing’’ (66 FR 43097), the “FMCSA Administrator must increase the minimum annual random testing percentage rate when the data received under the reporting requirements for any calendar year indicate that the reported positive rate is equal to or greater than 1.0 percent. Based on the results of the 2018 FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey the positive rate for controlled substances random testing increased to 1.0 percent. Therefore, the Agency will increase the controlled substances minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions.” FMCSA estimates the change will cost the trucking industry, as a whole, an increase of roughly $50 to $70 million annually due to more drivers needing to be tested.

The increase from 25% to 50% testing rate for controlled substances became effective January 1, 2020. The annual alcohol random testing rate of 10% remains unchanged.

Click here to review the notice. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at

Government Affairs

NRMCA is still accepting entries for its 2020 Kids' Art Contest, sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. The theme for this year’s contest is “Safety.” The contest is open to children up to Grade 12 who have a relationship to an NRMCA member.

  • Entrants must be related to or sponsored by an NRMCA member company.
  • Contestants are limited to one entry each. Artwork should be 100% produced by the entrant and be original.
  • Entries may be in a medium of the artist's choice (oil, water color, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon, etc.). Entries can be a drawing, collage, painting, or other two-dimensional work.
    Entries must incorporate a ready mixed concrete truck in some manner, but should not be limited to a picture of a ready mixed concrete truck.
  • Entries must be on 11"x14" flat paper. We encourage artwork to be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Entries should not be framed or matted.
  • For contact purposes, please include artist’s name, address, phone number, age and grade, and the name of the NRMCA member and the relationship to the artist on the back of the artwork. Contact name, address, phone number for both sponsor and artist must be included or entry will not be considered.
  • Entries must be post marked no later than January 15, 2020.
  • Entries will be divided into the following grade categories: pre-K - K; 1-3; 4-6 and 7-12. First, second and third place winners will be selected from each grade category. Prizes will be awarded in each grade category ($100 first; $50 second and $25 third place). Entries will be judged only against others in their grade category based on originality, effort, creativity, composition and interpretation of the theme Safety.
  • Winners in each category will be announced at NRMCA’s 2020 Annual Convention, March 10-14, in Las Vegas. Images of the winning entries will be used later in the year to create a 2021 NRMCA calendar and winners and the sponsoring members will receive a free copy of the calendar. Selected entries will be displayed at NRMCA’s Annual Convention. NRMCA reserves the right to copy and modify any entry for reproduction. Entries will not be returned and may be used for future promotional opportunities.

Entries should be mailed or delivered to Taylor Drzewicki, NRMCA, 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information please contact Taylor Drzewicki at or 703-706-4836.

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Build With Strength (BWS) has partnered with the Commonwealth of Kentucky - Office of Energy Policy to host three events pertaining to Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) construction for energy and disaster resilience. Titled “A Pathway To Energy & Disaster Resilience: An ICF Symposium And Training Event,” BWS is hosting events beginning in late January for Kentucky-based construction professionals. Each event will offer a view on building construction risks and opportunities as human and economic losses from disasters increase, with the overarching goal of supporting and advancing resilience in future construction. It will describe why and how innovative concrete systems like ICFs are helping transform the way we can build energy and disaster resistant buildings.

The first event is scheduled for January 29, 2020. Details, including an agenda and registration details, can be found here along with dates and locations for the remaining two events. The Kentucky event is free; it's being sponsored by Kentucky's Office of Energy Policy. Registration priority will be given to professionals with a Kentucky mailing address.

For more information, contact James Bogdan at or 412-420-4138.

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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.

January 8, Free Webinar
How To Conduct A Mixer Driver Championship
Email: Kevin Walgenbach, 703-706-4857

January 14 – 16, Des Moines, IA *Sold Out
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

January 14 – 16, Nashville, TN
CCSP Module I: Introduction to Concrete Fundamentals—Concrete 101
Sponsored by the Tennessee Concrete Association
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

January 21 – 24, Cincinnati *Sold Out
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

January 27 – 31, Ontario, CA
Concrete Technologist Training and Certification Course “Short Course"
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

January 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

January 28 – 30, Dallas
CCSP Module III: Business for Profit: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

January 29, Louisville, KY
ICF Symposium and Contractor Installation Training
Email: James Bogdan, 412-420-4138

February 6, Omaha, NE
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Contractor Training Course
Email: Rochelle Hitz, 402-325-8414

February 11 – 12, Orlando, FL
Financial Performance Course
Email: Andrew Tyrrell, 703-706-4856

February 20, Castle Hayne, NC
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Contractor Training Course
Email: Jessica Palmer, 864-238-7839

February 25 – 28, Miami
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 7 – 9, Las Vegas
NRMCA 2020 Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 10 – 14, Las Vegas
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 17 – 19, Dallas
CCSP Module IV: Sales Fundamentals for Sales and Non-Sales Staff
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 24 – 27, Boston
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

April 28 – May 1, New Orleans
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

September 27 – 29, Aurora, CO
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 15 – 18, Phoenix
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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