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Robert P. Turner, of La Quinta, CA, died July 14 at the age of 86 after a short illness. A Philadelphia native, he is survived by his spouse, Carol, and his daughter Traci Turner Melley and her husband, James Melley, and his son R. Christopher, his siblings, John F. Turner and another brother Arthur Turner who predeceased Mr. Turner as well as his granddaughter, Courtney Sylvander and her husband, Greg Sylvander and his great grandchildren, James Riley and Amelia Grace.

Mr. Turner was a longtime and influential figure in the ready mixed concrete business and played key roles in many NRMCA and industry initiatives over decades of service. After graduating from high school in Philadelphia, he completed the General Management program at the Harvard Business school in Cambridge, MA, in the early 1970’s. He began his career in the concrete and cement industries working in sales for a Northern Virginia precast company in the early 1960’s. In 1965, Mr. Turner was hired by the W.R. Grace Construction Products Division. With W.R. Grace, he took positions with increasing responsibility which included moves to Florida, New Jersey and Illinois and ultimately to company headquarters in Cambridge, MA. He retired in 1999 yet continued working diligently within the ready mix industry.

Mr. Turner was one of the key leaders behind such important industry initiatives as the RMC 2000 program and the Concrete Industry Management program. He was also the first chairman of the NRMCA Materials Division which organized supplier companies to support important industry initiatives. In 1999, Mr. Turner was the first recipient of the NRMCA Chairman’s Award for extraordinary service and dedication to the concrete industry. He along with several other industry leaders traveled extensively to promote and to raise funds for the development of the RMC Research & Education Foundation. Mr. Turner was elected as a Lifetime Honorary Member of the NRMCA Board of Directors in March 2007.

The Turner family is planning a private service. In lieu of sending flowers, the family has asked that donations can be made in memory of Robert P. Turner to the RMC Research & Education Foundation, 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314 or can be sent secure online to www.rmc-foundation.org/contribute and denote in the comment section “In Memory of Robert P. Turner”.

The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in April 2021 is 35.6 million cubic yards, 20% higher than that in April 2020. The estimated production in the U.S. through April is 114.3 million cubic yards, approximately 6.8% higher than that during the same period in 2020.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. More detail for NRMCA members is available here under Production Statistics.

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NRMCA is still looking for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. While serving on the Board requires both commitment and energy, it is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the industry. The NRMCA Nominating Committee encourages the recommendation of nominees from diverse backgrounds to ensure that the Board reflects the Association’s membership. NRMCA represents a broad range of ready mixed concrete companies across the U.S. and our success is a direct result of the skills and expertise of our professional staff working in conjunction with Board members.

Nominees are vetted by the Nominating Committee which consists of the current chairman of the Board, the immediate past chairman of the Board and past chairs for the previous seven years who are still active in the industry. The selected slate of nominees is then presented to and elected by the general membership and will serve a three-year term that begins immediately following the Annual Convention in 2022.

The basic requirements, in addition to their willingness to be an active and engaged participant, stipulate that each candidate must be committed to promoting NRMCA programs and working in the best interest of its membership and the industry as a whole while operating in accordance with NRMCA’s Strategic Plan and Vision 2030 objectives. The Board provides strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and governance of the organization’s operations.

NRMCA members can submit a nomination and individuals are also free to nominate themselves. Please note that members who have served a three-year term and are going off the Board in 2022 are not eligible for re-election until 2023. The exception to this is Board Members who are filling an unexpired vacant seat. NRMCA producer members in good standing are eligible to serve. You are encouraged to share the NRMCA Board Job Description and discuss your nomination with the candidate prior to submission to determine his or her interest to serve as a director.

Please complete and submit the nomination form to Heather Houck by Friday, July 23.

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The NRMCA Pave Ahead team has released a new promotional video titled Concrete Costs Less. The 30-second clip can be used as an ice-breaker to open the discussion on concrete’s life-cycle cost benefits. It's been posted under the Videos tab on the Pave Ahead website and also on the Pave Ahead LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages. It is available for download here.

For more information, contact Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.

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NRMCA is now offering 20% off the regular price of its popular Fundamentals of Concrete on-demand webinar series. The course presents the nuts and bolts of concrete materials, mixtures and construction practices, from the materials used to make concrete, the standards that must be met, to the way it’s made, delivered, placed and finished. If you are a design professional, contractor, concrete producer or supplier to the concrete industry, this course is a must. If you are new to concrete, this is your crash course on your way to becoming a concrete pro. If you’ve worked with concrete for a long time, this will be an excellent refresher on the latest methods, techniques and standards for concrete.

The course is taught online, in three parts of three hours each. Each part costs $80, 20% off the regular price.

Click here for more information or contact Lionel Lemay at LLemay@nrmca.org.

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NRMCA’s Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards competition offers producers national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practice in their operations. The program salutes companies that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and staff investment.

NRMCA Producer members producing ready mixed concrete from a fixed plant location in the U.S., its territories or Canada are eligible to enter. Awards will be determined upon individual plant merits. Winning entrants will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at NRMCA‘s ConcreteWorks this October in Orlando, FL. Winners will also be featured in the Winter 2021 edition of NRMCA’s Concrete InFocus magazine as well as Concrete Products magazine.

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

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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.

August 3 - 5, Smyrna, TN
CCSP Module III, General Business Knowledge
Sponsored by Tennessee Concrete Association
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

August 10, Online Webinar
Learn about FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Rule - It Could Help Increase Your Driver Pool and Safety Performance
Email: Eileen Dickson, 703-706-4864

September 10-17, Online Course followed by September 20 exam
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

September 29 - October 3, Kissimmee, FL
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2021
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 18 - 20, Orlando, FL
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

November 9 - 11, Dallas
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

November 30 - December 2, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Environmental Certification Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

December 7 - 10, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course FL
Co-located with Florida Concrete & Products Association
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4835

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