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Association & Industry News

NRMCA 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.

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 2021.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 24. Please click on links below for more information or contact NRMCA's Heather Houck at hhouck@nrmca.org.

Ready mixed concrete production through November 2019 has been posted on the NRMCA website about two months ago. These estimates are based on cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). USGS has not published its cement shipments for December 2019 and has indicated that its staff is in a remote work mode. USGS is processing the data and expects to publish reports for December 2019 by the end of April and January 2020 soon after. When these reports are available, NRMCA will update its ready mixed concrete production estimates for the U.S. and by state for 2019. NRMCA apologizes for the delay in this report.

The National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension is hosting a webinar titled Functional Aspects of Concrete Pavement Durability by Dr. Dan Zollinger of Texas A&M University on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Click here for more information about Dr. Zollinger. *Please note that because of increased spamming, you will need a Zoom account to access this webinar. Zoom accounts are free and can be set up here. Also note the meeting ID and password below.
Password: Web4162020

For more information, contact Cheryl.reed@wsu.edu.

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Government Affairs

On Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House would not return to session in Washington until May 4 at the earliest. Leader Hoyer did, however, advise that members may be called back in the event of an “emergency.” On Tuesday, the Senate similarly announced that no session was expected in Washington until May 4.

House leadership has communicated to the Democratic members that they will continue negotiating Phase 4 and additional funding for the small business loan programs authorized and funded in the CARES Act. Leader McConnell has requested multiple times that the Senate to unanimously pass an additional $250 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program; each time Democrats have objected.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

Despite being subject to stay-at-home orders and quarantine, NRMCA and our allied associations have continued our Capitol Hill outreach and advocacy.

  • Last week, the Highway Materials Group met virtually and drafted a letter supporting additional funding for state Departments of Transportation.
  • Each Friday, the North American Concrete Alliance convenes its weekly conference call to discuss developments, opportunities and priorities in the federal government’s COVID-19 response, as well as in other legislative developments.
  • NRMCA, NSSGA and PCA continue advocacy regarding the designation of construction as a critical infrastructure sector with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
  • NRMCA joined the Modernize the Truck Fleet Coalition in urging Congress to waive the federal excise tax on new trucks for remainder of 2020.
  • NRMCA has conducted Capitol Hill meetings following up on its Hours of Service advocacy earlier in the year and the reintroduction of the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act.

NRMCA and our allied associations remain in close contact and coordination through this challenging time and continue to look for opportunities to advance a pro-ready mixed concrete, pro-business, pro-construction agenda.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

Pavement

The second installment of NRMCA’s Concrete Pavement Education Series was another huge success with more than 400 attending the Designing Concrete Industrial Pavements webinar, reports Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Jon Hansen. These weekly webinars focus on topics related to design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of concrete pavements. The next program in the series, scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, is one that has fostered many questions in previous webinars and promises to answer all those questions: Soils 101: What to Know for a Successful Paving Project. This webinar, conducted by Pave Ahead team leader Brian Killingsworth with assistance by Luke McHugh, is one of the most requested topics in pavement design and promises to be one of the largest attended webinars to date. (Click here to register.)

These webinars provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) Elective Learning Units and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) for continuing education requirements. Upcoming webinars through April include Concrete Pavement Jointing and Details on April 23 and Materials and Construction Specification for Concrete Pavement Projects on April 30. All webinars start at 2 p.m. Eastern time and are free to attend.

Click here for a complete listing of all Pave Ahead webinars through the end of May 2020 or contact any member of the NRMCA Pave Ahead team.

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Buildings

City officials of Worcester, MA, recently voted unanimously in support of a resolution to endorse statewide legislation that would amend Massachusetts’ building codes for fire safety reasons and provide an added level of protection for firefighters and residents alike. Worcester joins a number of labor and construction industry leaders in support of the legislation. The Build With Strength coalition in Massachusetts includes the following organizations to date: Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, Mason Contractors Association of Massachusetts, Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3, Ironworkers Local 7-Boston, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, Teamsters Local 25, Steel Framing Industry Association, Northeast Precast Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, New England Concrete Manufacturers Association, National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association and American Concrete Pumping Association.

The adopted resolution supports House Bill No. 3844 and Senate Bill 1799 which would amend The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' building code. Measures would include the installation of automatic sprinkler systems in accordance with NFPA 13, measuring the number of stories from the grade plane using combustible materials for construction, installing a fire barrier with fire resistance rating of at least two hours that extends from the foundation to the roof, and providing for a fire watch at construction sites after hours. The bill was most recently reported favorably to the House Committee on Ways and Means from the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. 

Build With Strength works with communities, lawmakers and industry employees to advocate for safer, sustainable building materials. Strengthening local and national building codes is among the organization’s top priorities.

For more information, contact NRMCA Senior Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs John Loyer at jloyer@nrmca.org.

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) in collaboration with NSF International (NSF) recently renewed the product category rule (PCR) for cement, reports NRMCA Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives, James Bogdan. A PCR is a set of industry rules to develop disclosure reports, specifically environmental product declarations (EPD). This is the second version of the PCR for portland, blended, masonry, mortar and plastic (stucco) cements. It builds on the inaugural version (2014), has a life span of five years and is aligned with evolving standards such as ISO 21930:2017 and rating systems such as LEED. Its release is a benefit to the concrete products industry since there is a growth of transparency and disclosure being found in the construction market primarily due to green building standards and, in some cases, state and local laws. The PCR can be found on the NSF website.

To learn about EPD market activity, register for the NRMCA GoTo Webinar, Market Activity and Communicating EPDs which will present examples how market influencers are requesting Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and how concrete producers are engaging NRMCA to respond. The content of the webinar will look at a summary of LEED projects, accompanying documentation and website resources that are continuing to elevate disclosure reporting to the design community.

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.

For more information about the disclosure in the green building construction industry, contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org or 412-420-4138.

This Build With Strength (BWS) advocacy report summarizes activity related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including efforts to declare construction an essential service. The report also updates a number of BWS actions across a variety of subjects.

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

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Engineering

The Technology in Practice on Chloride Limits (TIP 13) was revised to reflect changes in the ACI 318 Building Code. The important changes include the option to calculate chlorides instead of testing and to express chlorides based on total cementitious materials. There are 20 TIP topics that are useful education tools for ready mixed concrete technical service personnel. The NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee is working on several additional topics.

TIPs can be viewed and purchased, either by individual topics or as a set, here. For more information, contact Jacques Jenkins at jjenkins@nrmca.org.

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Workforce Development

NRMCA Chairman John Carew will host the first Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) alumni conference, called the Chairman’s Leadership Summit, from September 2-4 in Milwaukee. Save the date: all DIL participants are invited to the premier of what will become an annual networking and leadership growth event where DIL can stay nationally connected to colleagues while also staying informed about the industry in an enjoyable leadership setting.

If you are an NRMCA DIL alumnus or alumna and have NOT received communication about exclusive DIL alumni receptions held at the Annual Convention and ConcreteWorks in 2019 and 2020, NRMCA would like to keep you in the loop. Please email Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org so NRMCA can add you to the contact list.

Calendar

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

April 16, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Soils 101: What to Know for a Successful Paving Project
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

April 17, Sweetwater, TN
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Program (Sponsored by TCA)
Email: dsparkman@tnconcrete.org, (615) 360-6670

April 21, Free Promotion Webinars | 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern time
Building Your Project Pipeline Through Developer and Influencer Engagement
Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

April 22, Build With Strength Webinar
Zero-Energy Schools: How Innovative Concrete Systems Are Making It Possible
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

April 23, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Concrete Pavement Jointing and Details
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

April 28, Free Promotion Webinars
Market Activity and Communication of EPDs
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

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

April 29, Build With Strength Webinar
The Business Case for Building Multifamily Buildings with Concrete
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

April 30, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Materials and Construction Specifications for Concrete Pavement Projects
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 5, Free Promotion Webinars
Industry Advances in Carbon Reduction—Successfully Communicating our Message
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 6, Build With Strength Webinar
Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 7, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Concrete Street and Parking Lot Maintenance and Repair
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 12, Concrete Paving Promotion Webinar Series
Understanding the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 13, Build With Strength Webinar
The Balanced Design Approach to Fire Safety: How Concrete Building Systems Can Help Reduce Risk
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 13 – 15, Glendora, CA *Postponed
Concrete Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

May 14, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Surfaced Streets and Parking Lots
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 19, Concrete Paving Promotion Webinar Series
Overview of Guide to Concrete Trails
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 20, Build With Strength Webinar
The Environmental Impacts of Building Materials: A Primer for Comparing Concrete Steel, Wood and Asphalt
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

May 21, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Concrete Trail Design
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

May 26, Concrete Paving Promotion Webinar Series
Partnering with Contractors & Engineers for the Pursuit of Paving Projects
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

June 2, Free Promotion Webinars
Emerging Trends in Building Codes
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

June 16 – 18, Nashville, TN – Sponsored by Tennessee Concrete Association
Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) Module III Course
Email: dsparkman@tnconcrete.org, (615) 360-6670

July 14 – 16, Nashville, TN – Sponsored by TCA
Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) Module IV Course
Email: dsparkman@tnconcrete.org, (615) 360-6670

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September 25 – 29, Denver
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 8, Nashville, TN
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 20 – 22, Mendota Heights, MN
Concrete Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 17 – 19, Glendora, CA
Environmental Course for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 15, Charlotte, NC
Improving Concrete Quality Course
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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