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Association & Industry News

The Global Concrete Summit was a first of a kind virtual event that was held from November 30 through December 10. If you missed it, there is still time to register for on-demand content; there's more than 16 hours of continuing education from over 30 speakers. The virtual conference and product expo brought practitioners, researchers, and policy makers together to exchange the latest ideas, knowledge and tools to build the future of concrete construction. Experts from around the world presented on the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as it relates to sustainable development. Topics included innovation, resilience, life cycle assessment, low impact development, social responsibility, human health and more. The event attracted over 30 speakers, 100 sponsors and 600 attendees.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at LLemay@nrmca.org or 847-922-7995.

Government Affairs

Join us virtually, April 20-22, 2021, from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time each day and advocate for the cement and concrete industry. During this event, individuals will be given the opportunity to virtually meet with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss issues impacting the industry such as a long-term infrastructure bill, increased funding for developing carbon capture technologies and other critical issues impacting our industry. During this three-day virtual event participants will also hear from key administration professionals and congressional committee leaders on their outlook on issues impacting your company.

Registration will open in February. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Buildings

NRMCA has verified an update to the system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software program for RiverBend Materials, a CRH company and Association Producer member. NRMCA has verified newer operations data, including raw materials, from the company's concrete plants in the Willamette Valley, OR. With the update, RiverBend Materials will be able to demonstrate lower global warming potential (GWP) for its concrete mixes. Public access to the EPD is available on the NRMCA EPD website and is listed as NRMCAEPD: 20028 Riverbend Materials - EPD utilizing an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs at four plants owned and operated by RiverBend Materials, A CRH Company.

The software tool was developed by Climate Earth and integrates LCA impacts with a mix design batch operating system to generate EPDs when desired. The updated operations data was reviewed and verified by Sustainable Solutions Corporation.

The trend in reporting environmental, social and governance practices is growing and, with environmental impact criteria being discovered in green building construction documents and specifications, procurement decisions are leaning beyond price and performance. Where raw material suppliers demonstrate a lower embodied carbon for their customers, it will provide them increasing business opportunities in the future.

To date, the North American ready mixed concrete industry, including material suppliers, have invested into 80 verified EPDs with >32,000 products/mixes and is the leading material industry that reports environmental impacts. Integral to 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.

Click here to view the list of NRMCA-verified EPDs. For more information, contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org or 412-420-4138.

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Products & Services

In 2020, NRMCA enhanced its Member2Member (M2M) program to provide better service and more value to all members. NRMCA’s growing list of Associate members are offering Producer members a vast array of savings through rebates and discounts on everything from truck purchases, maintenance and technical services to business solutions for your company.

Here are the current Associate members waiting to save you money: Cemen Tech, Kenworth, Mack Truck, Peterbilt, Western Star, National Credit Card Processing Group, DELL Technologies, Basys Processing, Qmora, Sysdyne, Polarmatic and Coast2Coast Chipping. And 2021 will see more companies added to this list, providing more services at discounted rates. Visit all NRMCA dedicated services through the updated M2M webpage where you can explore the offerings.

Neither membership in NRMCA nor participation in the M2M Benefits Program can in any way be construed as an endorsement, explicit or implicit, of any company, product or service by the Association. NRMCA accepts no responsibility in any dispute between supplier and customer. The M2M Benefits Program is intended solely as an informational service. Participating companies are responsible for insuring all M2M benefit information is correct and up todate.

For more information, contact Jacques Jenkins at jjenkins@nrmca.org.

SEO

NRMCA's Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award, now in its 25th year and sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB), acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry. As a salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver’s career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career of Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional. The 2021 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, in March 2021.

Nominations must be e-mailed to DOY@nrmca.org by Thursday, December 31. Click here to access the form along with more information and staff contact.

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Workforce Development

The last two Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) series are now open for registration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be taught online. Register now and take the fee as a 2020 expense. The schedule is as follows:

Module 3: RMC Business Knowledge, February 2-5, 2021 - Content is an overview of critical business concepts used in the RMC business, focusing on RMC job cost analysis. Assure your reps know the factors to price a job profitably without solely relying on a plug-and-chug software program.

For more information, please contact Mason Jean.

Module 4: Professional Sales Skills and Promotion, March 22-26, 2021 - Mid-level staff learn to apply consultative, team-based cross-selling methods in ready mixed concrete situations.

For more information, please contact Mason Jean.

Each class stands alone so it does NOT have to be taken consecutively or collectively. Additionally, these are the required courses in the STEPS® Sales and Promotion certification program, where those in the field earn the industry's most prestigious capstone certification, the CCPf.

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Calendar

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

2021

January 11 - 15, Online Course
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4852

January 22 – 29, Online Course
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

February 2 – 5, Online Course
CCSP Module III, General Business Knowledge
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4852

March 22 - 26, Online Course
CCSP Module IV, Professional Sales Skills Workshop
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4852

March 23 – 26, Online Course
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 9 – 11, Dallas
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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