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Association & Industry News

The Northwest Cement Council (NCC) is seeking to hire a market development manager - Washington. The NCC is committed to developing resilient, sustainable and economical construction solutions in the states of Washington and Oregon. This position is a business opportunity to develop construction solutions providing optimal social, environmental and economic benefits through the use of cement and concrete-based construction materials. The position will report directly to Diane Warner, PE, executive director, NCC.

Click here for the full job description. For more information, contact Diane Warner at dwarner@nwcement.org or Don Clem at dclem@nrmca.org.

Government Affairs

Last week, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Reps. Reed (R-NY), DeFazio (D-OR) and Diaz-Balart introduced the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2021. This legislation, a longtime priority of NRMCA, provides a tax credit for home and business owners who build or rebuild after a federally-declared natural disaster to a resilient standard. The legislation was crafted and driven by NRMCA and is supported by our allied associations, including NSSGA and PCA, as well as groups from the insurance industry, codes and standards organizations, construction materials and environmental advocacy. You can see Rep. Pascrell’s press release here and NRMCA’s press release here.

The bill was highlighted by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio at his opening statement during a hearing on March 18 by the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Works and Emergency Management. At the hearing, one of the witnesses, Roy Wright, president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, highlighted the legislation in his testimony and the BuildStrong Coalition similarly highlighted the legislation in its written testimony.

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

Last week, NRMCA, NSSGA and PCA submitted joint comments in support of resilient construction at a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Works and Emergency Management. The hearing, Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation, focused on the importance of building stronger to avoid the social, economic and environmental costs of rebuilding.

The groups’ joint comments focused on the importance of building to a resilient standard and highlighted the sustainability of concrete construction in producing disaster-resistant buildings, infrastructure and communities. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), a longtime industry champion, submitted the comments to the record on behalf of the ready mixed concrete industry.

You can read the comments here. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

Please join the NRMCA Government Affairs team for a live discussion with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), presented by NRMCA's Political Action Committee, CONCRETEPAC, on Wednesday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Rep. Davis is a champion of the ready mixed concrete industry with a deep understanding and appreciation for the values embraced by our industry and the importance of supporting the business community and America’s ready mix producers. He is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and also serves on the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Davis is the co-chair of the Congressional Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus. This town hall will be an informal conversation to get the inside scoop on legislative issues affecting your bottom line. Click here to register.

NRMCA’s Industry Town Hall series is sponsored by our Boots on the Hill sponsors: NRMCA member companies Euclid Chemical, GCP Applied Tech, Sika and Master Builders Solutions. For more information, contact Taylor Drzewicki at tdrzewicki@nrmca.org.

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Since 2007, NRMCA's Online Buyers' Guide has been a leading purchasing guide for professionals in the concrete industry. The listings include all NRMCA member companies, guaranteeing you access to a top selection of reliable vendors across the U.S. And in 2019, NRMCA made the guide even more user-friendly and easily accessible. Today, the guide features six main categories and 350 subcategories with hundreds of reliable companies listed. Whether you are looking for software, building materials, mixers, production equipment, professional services or trucks, you can simply search by keyword/location/company name/category and contact the vendors directly by phone or e-mail.

NRMCA strives to continuously improve and serve our industry professionals; we encourage you to utilize this valuable resource and send us feedback for any additional features or enhancements you would like to see in the future.

To submit comments or for more information, contact Adam Lingenfelter at adaml@naylor.com or 352-332-1252. The NRMCA staff person to be contacted is Gregg Lewis at glewis@nrmca.org.

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Buildings

As a follow-up to previous Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) membership news, NRMCA has announced that it has also now become a Regional System Operator (RSO) for the U.S. marketplace. The CSC is the only industry-specific system that certifies the sustainability performance of concrete plants and their supply chain across the globe. The responsible sourcing of construction materials is an increasing priority in high-profile construction projects and in public procurement. By creating a certification system for responsibly-sourced concrete, the CSC aims to improve transparency of the concrete sector, highlight the essential role of concrete as a sustainable construction material and be recognized in green building standards. Recently, the USGBC launched the LEED Pilot Credit: Social Equity within the Supply Chain and acknowledged the CSC as an approved program.

As an RSO, NRMCA will develop and manage the CSC, its certification framework, governance and independent verifier network in the U.S. Bringing on the CSC program as an adjacent program to NRMCA’s environmental product declaration (EPD) program continues to demonstrate leadership and willingness to disclose the sustainability of concrete.

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, contact James Bogdan at jbogdan@nrmca.org or 412-420-4138.

Build With Strength, along with NRMCA, the California Nevada Cement Association and the California Construction and Industry Materials Association are sponsoring the American Institute of Architects California’s Climate Action Webinar Series. Through this webinar series, participants can learn how sustainable construction and architecture is possible.

  • Top Ten Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint, Wednesday, April 7, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time - In this session, NRMCA ‎Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, Lionel Lemay and NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Patrick Matsche will walk participants through the best strategies for taking advantage of concrete’s strength and durability while also ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.
  • Specifying Sustainable Concrete, Wednesday, May 5, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time - Lionel Lemay and NRMCA Executive Vice President, Engineering, Colin Lobo will cover how concrete's performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.
  • Concrete Innovation, Wednesday, June 2, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time - Lionel Lemay and NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Don Thompsonn will discuss the cutting-edge ways the concrete industry is working toward a more sustainable future. From bendable concrete to carbon capture, concrete innovations are everywhere!

To learn more, you can visit www.buildwithstrength.com/education or contact Lionel Lemay at llemay@nrmca.org                      

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Products & Services

NRMCA’s Member2Member Benefit Program (M2M) continues to provide better service and more value to all members, as demonstrated by its latest addition, Associate member Allen-Villere Partners. Allen-Villere Partners is a leading mergers and acquisition advisor to the construction materials industry and is focused exclusively on selling companies in the construction aggregates, ready mixed concrete and concrete products industries. As a result of joining the M2M Program, it is offering NRMCA members discounts on valuation reports and discounts on their advisory fees. Visit all of NRMCA's dedicated services through the updated M2M webpage.

Neither membership in NRMCA nor participation in the M2M 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-to-date.

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

SEO

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 a new section on automation, including the use of video-based driver safety, GPS tracking, slump control and proximity sensors. The survey is used to establish industry benchmarking norms and procedures. Information gathered is published in a full report in NRMCA's Concrete InFocus magazine each autumn. A shorter Executive Summary of the survey is also made available to all.

The deadline for submitting entries by e-mail to fleetbenchmark@nrmca.org is Friday, April 23. Click here for more information and to download the entry form. You may also contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

The Safety Contest and 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 contest and 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.

Entries must be e-mailed to NRMCA at safetycontest@nrmca.org by Friday, April 23, 2021. Click here for more information and to download the entry form. The staff contact is Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

Due to demand, NRMCA will conduct an online Plant Manager Certification class from May 14 - 24. After a live kickoff session on Friday, May 14, registrants can access lectures 24/7 between May 14-21. Questions will then be addressed live on May 21. The required two online exams will take place on Monday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees and their supervisors should plan for an intense learning week, just as if this class was face-to-face.

The Plant Manager Certification course has become the industry knowledge standard for plant managers and operators. Content ties knowledge to application in product knowledge management, plant safety, environmental regulations, plant operations and ready mixed concrete industry business principles. This is the certification class required for Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command projects.

Click here to register or for more information. You may also contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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Workforce Development

NRMCA encourages today’s rising stars to apply for a unique opportunity that supports their growth in the ready mixed concrete industry. NRMCA’s Developing Industry’s Leaders (DIL) program is a distinctive, career-long plan of action where tomorrow’s leaders interact, both professionally and socially, with established executives, thereby gaining a national perspective about the ready mixed concrete industry. Candidates must be employed by an NRMCA Producer or Associate member, Bureau member or state affiliate association. The application period closes Friday, April 30.

Please note that the DIL program is NOT a short-term perk. After the two-year formal program ends, DIL alumni are expected to make long-term commitments to move their team’s initiative(s) forward by joining, and attending, the appropriate NRMCA committee meetings twice each year as well as participate in annual DIL alumni events. They are also asked to mentor new DIL. Finally, they may attend NRMCA’s semi-annual Board meetings to observe senior-level executives deliberate and make both short- and long-term strategic decisions that impact the industry.

If your company has a rising star who is ready to work on a national level and will be given the time to participate in the required activities over the length of his/her career, please submit his/her application no later than Friday, April 30.

Click here to access the program application and read more detailed information or contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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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.

April 7, Webinar Series
Top Ten Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

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

May 5, Webinar Series
Specifying Sustainable Concrete
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

May 10 – 17, Online Course
NRMCA Safety Course
Email: Kevin Walgenbach, 703-706-4857

May 14 – 24, Online Course
Plant Manager Certification Course May, 2021
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

June 2, 2021, Webinar Series
Concrete Innovation
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

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: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

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