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The Global Concrete Summit, hosted by NRMCA, is designed to bring practitioners, researchers and policy makers together to exchange the latest ideas, knowledge and tools to build the future of concrete construction. The conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest innovations, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete design, construction and manufacturing. Speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Andrew Minson, Global Cement and Concrete Association (United Kingdom): 2050 Carbon Reduction Ambitions
  • Wes Sullens, US Green Building Council (USA): The Future of LEED and Carbon Reduction
  • Dr. Agnieszka J. Klemm, Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland): Towards More Sustainable Construction: Can Internal Curing by SAP Provide a Viable Solution for Eco-efficient Cementitious Materials?
  • Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore (USA): Case Studies of Collaborative Embodied Carbon Reduction through WBLCA and EPD’s
  • Dr. Behzad Nematollahi, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia): 3D Printing Concrete Structures
  • Dr. Rafic Minkara, chair, American Coal Ash Association Technical Committee (USA): Initiatives and Technologies to Expand the Supply of Supplementary Cementitious Materials

More than 30 speakers from around the world will present at the conference, providing 16 hours of continuing education. In addition, there will be 16 product spotlight presentations and a virtual trade show.

Click here for a list of speakers and topics. Register today using coupon code NRMCA40 for a 40% discount. For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at LLemay@nrmca.org.

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Government Affairs

CONCRETEPAC had an excellent election night. In the House, every CONCRETEPAC-supported incumbent of either party was reelected or is currently leading while a number of candidates supported by CONCRETEPAC defeated incumbents or won open seats, including Reps-elect Jerry Carl (R-AL), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Ronny Jackson (R-TX) and Lisa McClain (R-MI), while races involving other CONCRETEPAC-supported candidates have yet to be decided.

CONCRETEPAC-supported incumbents won tough races across the county, including Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), John Katko (R-NY), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

In the Senate, of the incumbents supported by CONCRETEPAC, Senators Gardner and McSally lost while Senators Daines, Ernst, Graham, Cornyn, Capito, McConnell and Collins won their races. NRMCA also supported Senators David Purdue and Thom Tillis whose races have not yet been decided. In addition to incumbent senators, CONCRETEPAC-supported candidates Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) won their respective races and will become part of the likely Republican majority in January 2021.

Click here for a list of CONCRETEPAC-supported members and candidates. For more information, contact Taylor Drzewicki at tdrzewicki@nrmca.org.

Join NRMCA’s Government Affairs team for a review of the election on Thursday, November 12, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. NRMCA’s Andrew Tyrrell and former Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) will recap the presidential, Senate and House races and preview what to expect from a Biden Administration and Georgia runoff elections.

Click here to register.

While legal challenges continue in a number of states in both the presidential and congressional elections, the NRMCA Government Affairs team provides the following updates:

Senate - With four races still to be called, the Senate stands at 46 Democrats, 2 Independents (who both caucus with Democrats) and 50 Republicans. As a result, control of the Senate will be decided on January 5 when Georgia holds the runoff elections for both of its Senate seats. Democrats need to win both to reach 50 votes, with Kamala Harris breaking the tie as vice president.

Republicans in Iowa, Montana, South Carolina, Texas and Alabama easily prevailed in their respective races. Republican challengers in Minnesota and Michigan fell short, though Michigan Senate candidate John James last is not conceding yet. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) were defeated, while Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was reelected by a healthy margin, though just narrowly avoiding the ranked-choice voting that cost former Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) his seat in 2018.

The four outstanding races are in Alaska, North Carolina and the two Georgia seats. In Alaska, a notoriously slow vote count and crosscheck process means that counting of absentee votes will not begin until November 10 and the last ballots won’t be counted until November 18. On Election Day, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) led his independent challenger by more than 30 points and expects to easily win reelection.

Though Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has a nearly 100,000 vote lead, the Senate race in North Carolina has yet to be called. While 100% of precincts have reported, election officials have advised that there are 116,000 absentee ballots that – if postmarked by Election Day and received by November 12 – will be tabulated and reported by November 13.

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to fill serve the balance of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) term, received 26% of the vote behind Democrat Rafael Warnock’s 37%. Since no candidate received 50%, they will face off in a special election on January 5, 2021. Similarly, in the days after the election, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) saw his share of the vote drop from over 51% to under 50%, triggering a second runoff.

House - Despite confidence that Democrats would hold their House majority, Democrats are privately in disarray after shocking losses nationwide. Not only did Democrats fail to defeat a single Republican incumbent, but they lost at least seven seats held by moderate Democrats and whiffed on several easy pick-up opportunities in seats held by outgoing Reps. Pete King (R-NY) and Will Hurd (R-TX) while winning three Democratic-favored open seats in North Carolina and Georgia. While there is disagreement over whether liberal rhetoric cost House Democrats’ seats, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) warned against liberal rhetoric in the Georgia Senate races.

Strengthening and diversifying their conference, Republicans added women, minorities and veterans to the House Republican caucus. The Republican congressional leadership team will likely remain the same, with Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Scalise (R-LA), Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Emmer (R-MN) expected to seek reelection to their current leadership offices.

Takeaways - Assuming the most likely scenarios – a Biden presidency and a slim Republican Senate – not much is expected to change in Washington, and the business community’s fears of a liberal, progressive agenda are moot. With Republicans holding the Senate, Joe Biden’s cabinet and administration will be limited to political appointees that can pass muster with a Republican majority. Senator McConnell’s team is already signaling that a Biden administration will get cooperation from a Republican senate on centrist nominees, but will not confirm “radical progressives.”

Despite discontent within the Democratic caucus, Speaker Pelosi, who formally launched her bid to be reelected as speaker by her caucus, will not likely be challenged when the 117th Congress convenes. In disarray after a shocking underperformance in Tuesday’s election, the Democratic caucus call on Thursday devolved into “chaos” and underscored the growing divide between the moderate “majority makers” and progressive Democrats – a dynamic the Democratic House leadership will have even more difficulty navigating with a narrower majority.

If history is a guide, Democrats will perform poorly in the 2022 midterm election. Kevin McCarthy is already preparing to run for speaker in the 118th Congress, and Democrats will be eyeing elections in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. But that’s a pretty long way away.

An underreported story in 2020 is the Republicans’ retaining and solidifying control of many state legislatures ahead of the critical redistricting based on the 2020 census. Republicans also gained a governor mansion in Montana, where former Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) won.

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

Pavement

The NRMCA Local Paving Team has scheduled a new webinar titled Soil Cement and Full-Depth Reclamation with Cement Using a Ready Mixed Concrete Truck for Tuesday, December 15, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Instructors include NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem and Greg Halsted, PE, manager, pavements and geotechnical markets, Portland Cement Association. The cement slurry market is growing in many areas of the U.S.and offers a new opportunity for many NRMCA Producer members.

Soil Cement is a highly compacted mixture of soil/ aggregate, cement and water. Full-Depth Reclamation (FDR) is a method of pavement reconstruction (seen here) that utilizes the existing asphalt, base and subgrade material to produce a new stabilized base course for a chip seal, asphalt or concrete wearing surface. This webinar includes the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the definition of Soil Cement and Full-Depth Reclamation;
  • Advantages of the Soil Cement/FDR process;
  • How to determine the appropriate cement content target;
  • Soil Cement/FDR construction process; and
  • Cement slurry delivered in a ready mixed concrete truck.

For more information, contact Don Clem at dclem@nrmca.org.

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SEO

Late last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to alert employers about the most frequently cited standards related to COVID-19 workplace inspections. The guidance is meant to alert employers of the types of citations they could run afoul of if inspected for COVID-19 related issues. Specifically, the types of citations OSHA has pursued mainly include respiratory protection, recordkeeping and reporting, personal protective equipment (PPE) and the general duty clause. By releasing this guidance, OSHA aims to increase compliance and worker safety protections.

Please click here to review OSHA’s notice, one-pager on Lessons Learned and the list of COVID-19 most frequently cited standards. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

The Safety, Environmental & Operations Committee (SEO) has named Eileen Dickson, NRMCA vice president of education, as the 2021 Joseph E. Carpenter Award recipient. The award is named in honor of Joseph E. Carpenter of Rinker Materials, West Palm Beach, FL, who was instrumental in the formation and early operation of the NRMCA Committee on Maintenance. The award was instituted in 1988 and is presented annually to persons who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime contributions to the ready mixed concrete industry in the fields of operations, environmental and safety.

In earning this award, Mrs. Dickson is recognized for her longtime support of OEM/OES/SEO committee activities. She has gone above and beyond her NRMCA duties by being an integral part of every NRMCA Mixer Driver Championship since its inception in 2006. She has primary responsibilities for conducting and grading the written exam portion of the event and has conducted the reaction time station for the event and is an instrumental part of the awards dinner.

She joined NRMCA in July 2000 and serves as staff liaison to the Workforce Development Committee, which includes oversight of issues, initiatives and third-party partnerships that impact industry employees. She manages the association training, professional development, certification programs, leadership programs, webinars, videos and their accompanying publications, the industry’s career-centric STEPS certification program as well as legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to human resources and employment law. She also administers the annual Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey and the Innovation-in-Training award program. She is NRMCA’s liaison to CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s Education Committee.

Eileen is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Association for Talent Development. She holds a master of science degree from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business with additional postgraduate work in adult learning and instructional systems design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University.

The award will be presented to Mrs. Dickson in March 2021 during NRMCA’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Click here for more information on the Carpenter Award and a list of past winners. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

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Workforce Development

Registration is now open for the December offering of NRMCA’s newest course, Think Like an Owner, to be held virtually December 8 - 11, from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time each day. This course is intended to empower participants to understand the drivers of financial performance and improve their management with an eye to profitability of their business center. Crafted and taught by Bob Capasso, CEO of Concrete Financial Insights, the course is based on insights gleaned from the Performance Benchmarking Survey and seeks to address the issue of declining profits in a growing market.

Participants will learn how to read financial statements, measure performance, examine elements of profit and loss, and think in terms of economic profit. This course is a must-attend for industry participants, from plant managers to company presidents, who want to run their operations profitably.

Click here to register. More information will be posted shortly on www.nrmca.org.

Calendar

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

November 16 – 20, Online Course
Environmental Course for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 16 – 17, Online Course
Improving Concrete Quality Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 30 - December 10, Online Conference and Expo
Global Concrete Summit
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Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

December 11 – 18, Online Course
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 14 – 18, Online Course
CCSP Module II: Understand the Concrete Contractor’s Business Model
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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2021
January 12 - 14, San Antonio, TX
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4852

January 26 – 29, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

February 10 – 12, Dallas
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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