On Thursday, March 25, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Biden Administration’s priorities for transportation infrastructure. The secretary emphasized the opportunity to make a “generational investment” in infrastructure, noting the trillion-dollar backlog of projects and the risk of the U.S. becoming less competitive than China and other nations.
Committee members were each given an opportunity to raise issues and ask questions of the secretary; Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves each expressed his hope that a surface reauthorization could be passed this Congress ahead of the expiration of the one-year FAST Act extension on September 30, 2021.
You can watch the hearing here and read Secretary Buttigieg’s testimony here. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at email@example.com.
The Connecticut Construction Industries Association will host a virtual infrastructure summit next week with House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The summit is an open event and will be an excellent opportunity to hear from congressional leaders on the prospects of a surface reauthorization bill and a federal infrastructure investment, and will come on the heels of the expected announcement of an infrastructure package this week.
The summit will take place on Tuesday, April 6, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. No registration is required; join live at this link or dial in at 1-883-305-1717. Invite your friends and colleagues to this exciting event.
For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past two weeks, NRMCA’s Government Affairs Committee has held discussions regarding priorities and advocacy for the upcoming surface reauthorization package and potential infrastructure legislation. NRMCA’s advocacy reflects member-driven priorities to advance the interests of the ready mixed concrete industry.
To learn more or to join the NRMCA Government Affairs Committee, please contact Andrew Tyrrell at email@example.com.
Industry Personnel Moves
NRMCA’s Social Media Task Force has created a member survey to determine the social media needs of its members and state affiliates. The results of this brief survey will be used by the task force as a guide for developing webinars, training programs and additional resources to assist NRMCA members and its partners in initiating or improving their social media marketing efforts.
NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge recently spoke with civil engineering students from Ohio Northern University. He was invited to address a reinforced concrete class taught by Dr. Seyed Ardakani, P.E., who wanted to provide students with a “from the field” view of ready mixed concrete. The program was facilitated through Ohio Concrete Association’s Wayne Moening. Kresge's presentation, Understanding Concrete’s Properties and Behavior, discussed the basics of concrete specifications from the perspective of the ready mix producer and contractor. A particular focus was on the need for workability of a concrete mix. Kresge also discussed acceptance testing, and the importance of proper handling and testing of concrete cylinders. The presentation was well received, with great interaction from the students during the question/answer portion.
For more information, contact Phil Kresge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRMCA has extended the deadline for member companies to participate in the 2021 Performance Benchmarking Survey (PBS) to Friday, April 30. The survey, which is free for NRMCA members to participate in, provides participants an array of data, benchmarking their company against national and regional data in private, company-specific reports provided solely to the participating member. The report is expected to be released at the end of May.
Click here to participate in this and other key NRMCA surveys. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at email@example.com.
Registration for NRMCA’s Spring Online Think First Safety Course is now open. It will take place online via GoToWebinar with pre-recorded sessions May 10 – 17. This course teaches participants about OSHA safety compliance, beginning with why safety is so important and details the reasons why an effective safety program actually saves money through loss prevention and control. Participants learn about the new silica rule, electrical safety, machine guarding, fall protection, hazard communication, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, emergency action plans, maintenance shop safety, chute handling, fleet safety, pre-trip inspection and much more.
Click here for details and the link to register. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open for NRMCA’s newest course, Think Like an Owner, to be offered virtually May 3-6, 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 abilities with an eye to profitability of their business unit. 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; the full posting will appear on NRMCA's website shortly.
*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
May 4 – 7 , Smyrna, TN
May 5, Webinar Series
May 10 – 17, Online Course
May 14 – 24, Online Course
June 2, Webinar Series
June 15 – 17, Smyrna, TN
November 9 – 11, Dallas