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Association & Industry News

This week, NRMCA convened its new Small Producer Council (SPC) to shape the future of how the Association supports its widest range of members. The SPC was formed to ensure that these members have an opportunity to lead a conversation on their unique needs and consult their peers on issues that mean the most for their businesses. James Schelzi of Woburn Redi Mix Concrete in Massachusetts will act as representative for this council.

SPC's inaugural gathering already made progress toward distributing information to NRMCA members. Future council meetings will cover a wide range of topics, including networking, education, content distribution and business intelligence. The desired result is to not only grow this vital segment of the Association membership base, but, more importantly, finish 2021 with a refreshed and targeted plan to best support our small business partners.

For more information on NRMCA’s Small Producer Council, please contact Amanda Muller at amuller@nrmca.org.

Government Affairs

NRMCA thanks the following NRMCA members who contributed to CONCRETEPAC in 2020. (Please note that the following is as of December 31, 2020.)

Gold Circle – $10,000 ($5,000 per spouse)
Joseph and Vicki Ferrara, Ferrara Bros. LLC, a U.S. Concrete Company
Nathan and Jennifer McKean, BMC Enterprises, Inc.
Bill Sandbrook and Sonya Boone, U.S. Concrete, Inc.

Green Circle – $5,000
Henry Batten, Concrete Supply Company
Herb and Jodi Burton, Central Concrete Supply Company, Inc., a U.S. Concrete Company
John and Nicole Ernst, Ernst Concrete
Jamie Gentoso, LafargeHolcim USA
Rusty Maglionico, The Euclid Chemical Company
Chris and Julie Schenone, Central Concrete Supply Company, Inc., a U.S. Concrete Company
Alan Wessel, Thomas Concrete, Inc.

Red Circle – $2,500 - $4,999
John Carew, Carew Concrete & Supply Company, Inc.
Scott and Kathy Olin, Dickinson Ready Mix Company
Laurence Silvi, II, The Silvi Group Companies, Inc.
D. Van Smith, Van-Smith Concrete Company
Ric Suzio, The L. Suzio Concrete Company, Inc.

Silver Circle: $1,000 - $2,499
Andrew Arnold, BMC Enterprises, Inc.; Steve Bowen, Dolese Bros.Co. ; David Brevard, B&B Concrete Co., Inc.; Scott Brewer, Dolese Bros.Co.; Hall Chaney, Chaney Enterprises; Bob Chandler, Chandler Concrete Company, Inc.; Ted Chandler, Chandler Concrete Company, Inc.; Thomas Chizmadiea, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.; Taylor Drzewicki, NRMCA; Rodney Grogan, MMC Materials, Inc.; Andy Guinn Sr., Port Aggregates, Inc.; Allen Hamblen, CalPortland Company; John Hay, CRH Americas Materials, Inc.; Don Ingrassano, Roanoke Cement Co. – A Titan America Company; Ryan Jacoby, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.; Michael King, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.; Michael LeMonds, LafargeHolcim USA; Nicole Maher, NRMCA; Troy Maschmeyer, Maschmeyer Concrete Company; Mike Philipps, NRMCA; Melanie O’Regan, CalPortland Company; Charlie Rohde, King’s Material, Inc.; John Tiberi, Irving Materials Inc.; Boo Twohy, Capital Concrete, Inc.; Andrew Tyrrell, NRMCA; Pierre Villere, Allen-Villere Partners; Christopher Ward, Lehigh Hanson, Inc. and Stephen Wild, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.

Gray Circle: $500 - $999
David Alexander, Ernst Concrete; Kevin Baird, Titan America; Tim Becken, Cemstone Products Company; Thor Becken, Cemstone Products Company; Bruce Blair, Consumers Concrete Corporation; Eric Campbell, Master Builders Solutions; Chris Crouch, PB Materials, LLC; Domenico D’Aqui, U.S. Concrete, Inc.; Dennis Dolan, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.; Paula Dunn, Master Builder Solutions; Rick Edwards, Argos USA; Collin Ernst, Ernst Concrete; Frank Gentry, Chandler Concrete Company, Inc.; G. Carlton Golden, Jr., Builders Supply Company, Inc.; Brian Gray, Knife River, an MDU Resources Company; Hank Hauge, Strata Corporation; Heather Houck, NRMCA; Byron Hunt, Beck Industrial; Wally Johnson, U.S. Concrete, Inc.- retired; Andrew Julius, Master Builders Solutions; Ron Lammy, Modern Concrete; Alex Land, NRMCA; Abbott Lawrence, Martin Marietta; John Lee, Cemstone Products Company; Gregg Lewis, NRMCA; Adam Manatt, Manatt’s Inc.; Matt McGlone, Master Builder Solutions; Bill Mullen, CalPortland Company; Doug O’Neil, NRMCA; Filiburto Ruiz, Votorantim Cimentos; Brad Slabaugh, Hilltop Companies; James Schelzi, Woburn Redi Mix Concrete LLC; Jeff Seeliger, Dolese Bros.Co.; Kevin Swaidner, Irving Materials Inc.; Art Thompson, North Dakota Concrete Council ; Rich Umbel, Lyman-Richey Corporation, A CRH Company; Kent Webber, The Monarch Cement Company and Steven Wise, National Ready Mixed Concrete Co.

PAC-to-PAC Supporter - $5,000
CalPortland PAC
CEMEX INC. employees PAC
CRH AMERICAS, Inc., PAC
Lafarge employees PAC
Lehigh Hanson, Inc. Political Action Committee

For information on how to get your name on the list, contact Taylor Drzewicki at tdrzewicki@nrmca.org.

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SEO

NRMCA has set Friday, April 23, as the dealine to submit entries for both the 2021 Fleet Benchmarking Survey and the 2021 Safety Contest and Benchmarking Survey. Details include: 

The 2021 Fleet Benchmarking Survey is filled out by industry fleet managers and/or financial managers early each year, based on data gathered from the previous calendar year’s performance. This year’s form includes new question on mixer drum composition, idle time and types of fuel being used. The survey is used to establish industry benchmarking norms and procedures. Information gathered from entries is published each autumn in a full report in Concrete InFocus magazine. A shorter Executive Summary of the survey is also made available to all.

Please e-mail entries to fleetbenchmark@nrmca.org; click here for more information, to access the entry form and staff contact.

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The Safety Contest & Benchmarking Survey has for years been a safety performance and incentive/award program aimed to foster safe practices at ready mixed concrete plants across the nation. The survey is a per-plant contest open to facilities operated by NRMCA member companies in good standing in 2021. Companies with more than one division are encouraged to distribute entry blanks to individuals responsible for keeping safety records at each plant location.

Entry forms should be e-mailed to safetycontest@nrmca.org; click here for more information on, to download the entry form and staff contact.

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Engineering

The NRMCA Annual Concrete Technologist Training and Certification program (Short Course) will be offered online beginning February 19. Interested persons are encouraged to register now since the number of available slots is limited. The exams are scheduled for March 1.

The Technical Short Course provides a fundamental understanding of concrete, aggregates and concrete making materials; requirements in industry codes and standards; and proportioning concrete mixtures. Attendees have the opportunity to obtain industry-recognized NRMCA certifications: NRMCA Level 2 and 3 Concrete Technologist certification. The course is intended for quality, sales and other personnel with a technical role with ready mixed concrete companies and suppliers to the industry. New hires in these roles can also benefit from attending. A significant amount of technical content is covered that requires the attendees to have a basic concrete technology background and at least a high-school level of math.

The course content will be available to registrants through the NRMCA learning site with login access. Some material will be mailed and precourse study content will be made available to registrants before the course. The course will be self-directed for attendees with content posted online and periodic live sessions for review and discussion.

Click here for more Information and a registration link. You may also contact Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org with any questions.

Workforce Development

The next two Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) classes are a great way for your sales reps to ramp up for 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be taught online. The schedule is as follows:

Module 3: RMC Business Knowledge, February 2-5 - 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.

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

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.

For more information, contact Mason Jean at mjean@nrmca.org or 703-706-4852.

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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.

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

January 28 – 29, Online Webinar
Pathways to Net Zero Buildings
Email: Doug O'Neill, 716-801-6546

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

February 22 – 26, Online Course
Dispatcher Training Forum February
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

May 4 - 7, Smyrna, TN
CCSP Module I/“Concrete 101,” Technical Product Knowledge
Sponsored by Tennessee Concrete Association
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

June 15 – 17, Smyrna, TN
CCSP Module II, Customer Business Knowledge
Sponsored by Tennessee Concrete Association
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

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

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