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Last week, NRMCA exhibited at the 11th Annual Spring Symposium hosted jointly by the New Jersey Chapters of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA). Shamim Rashid-Sumar, vice president, fire codes and standards, (seen here) and Derek Torres, project manager, concrete promotion, represented NRMCA at the symposium. The event brought together fire protection engineers, contractors and other fire safety professionals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York to engage in industry discussions and continuing professional education. Shamim also presented Benefits and Fire Resistance Qualities of Concrete in Construction. The fire-safety focused SFPE NJ chapter and its membership were appreciative of the support from NRMCA and lots of interest was generated regarding ICF construction, particularly among insurance and risk professionals.

Build With Strength, a coalition led by NRMCA, offers presentations to architects, engineers, and building and fire code officials as part of its education efforts to promote safety and resiliency and help place more concrete. Click here for more information on education programs related to fire safety or contact Shamim Rashid-Sumar at ssumar@nrmca.org.

NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Chris Dagosta supported Build With Strength by presenting Concrete Innovations at Kansas State University's Olathe campus on April 7 for the 44th Annual Scholer Peterson Concrete Conference. Special thanks to Christy Martin with the Kansas Concrete Promotional Group for her assistance in making this a great event. Attendees (seen here during one of the presentations) included many NRMCA and Kansas state association member companies and other industry associations.

For more information, contact Chris Dagosta at cdagosta@nrmca.org.

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Association & Industry News

The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in January 2022 is 24.4 million cubic yards, 1% lower than that in January 2021. Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. More detail is available here for NRMCA members under Production Statistics.

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 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 29.
Government Affairs

The House of Representatives last week passed the bipartisan Resilient AMERICA Act, legislation to promote resilient construction, predisaster mitigation, and incentives for adoption and enforcement of stronger building codes. NRMCA applauds the House passage of this legislation and urges the Senate to take up and pass this important bill. The legislation builds on NRMCA’s efforts to advance resilient construction through grants and pilot programs at FEMA.

NRMCA joined the members of the BuildStrong Coalition in sending a letter to Congress in support of the Resilient AMERICA Act. The NRMCA Government Affairs team engaged with legislation sponsors, communicating NRMCA’s support in the days leading to the vote on the House floor. The Resilient AMERICA Act was drafted and introduced by ready mixed concrete champions, including House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Dan Webster (R-FL).

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

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Workforce Development

The annual Workforce Development Committee Meeting will take place May 24 - 25 in Chicago. HR professionals as well as those interested in working on industry workforce challenges are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP and to view the agenda and hotel room block informaiton.

The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel is adjacent to the O'Hare International Airport. The meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. followed by a networking dinner. On Wednesday, May 25, the meeting will continue with a working breakfast and adjourn at noon.

For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

NRMCA will offer its last spring 2022 Plant Manager Certification class from May 3 - 6 in Milwaukee. The 4-day course is industry-specific and concentrates on issues that challenge plant managers all across the country. The intense learning course includes the latest on product knowledge and technical standards, safety culture and OSHA-based regulations, operational and maintenance skills, current environmental issues and regulations from EPA as well as labor law issues and the challenges of supervision and training of industry personnel.

The NRMCA Plant Manager Certification class is required for all Army Corps of Engineer jobs and is considered the industry gold standard of training for ready mixed concrete plant managers. The remaining class will take place December 13 - 16 in Kansas City, MO. It is also open for registration.

Click here for more information and to register. The staff contact is Eileen Dickson, edickson@nrmca.org.

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Engineering
The next NRMCA Concrete Durability Course will be offered at the Holcim Northeast Regional Corporate Office in Middleton, MA (Boston area), from May 24 - 26. The course is taught by Michael Thomas of the University of New Brunswick, Kevin Folliard, University of Texas at Austin and NRMCA Engineering Staff. The course provides a fundamental understanding of the nature of cement and concrete as they relate to durability of concrete. Topics will cover cracking, alkali-aggregate reactions, sulfate attack, corrosion of reinforcing steel, freeze-thaw durability and other aspects. A group exercise will be facilitated to familiarize attendees with the  NRMCA ConcreteWorks software used for mass concrete and service life prediction.

ASTM International is developing a standards roadmap aimed at facilitating more circular manufacturing. As part of this effort, it is asking manufacturers for feedback through a brief 15-minute survey. The survey aims to understand existing manufacturer sustainability goals and practices, and responses will help ASTM identify the needs and gaps in the current standards landscape. Please help build this roadmap by taking the survey.

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Members of the Pave Ahead team recently attended the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s I.CON West Industrial Conference in Long Beach, CA. NRMCA Executive Vice President Brian Killingsworth was joined by Senior Vice Presidents Jon Hansen and Phil Kresge at the two-day event where Pave Ahead was a Silver Sponsor. I.CON West is one of two premier events hosted by NAIOP and is billed as the nation’s largest gathering of industrial real estate professionals.
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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 19 - 21, Smyrna, TN
CCSP Module IV (Professional Sales Skills)
Co-located with Tennessee Concrete Association
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-6670

April 19 - 21, Online Course
NRMCA Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

April 26, Free Online Webinar
Social Media Task Force: When and How to Use Instagram
Email: Heather Houck, 703-706-4853

May 3 - 6, Milwaukee
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

May 10, Free Online Webinar
Social Media Task Force: When and How to Use Twitter
Email: Heather Houck, 703-706-4853

May 24, Free Online Webinar
Social Media Task Force: When and How to Use Tik Tok
Email: Heather Houck, 703-706-4853

September 29 - October 3, Aurora, CO
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2022 *Exhibition, registration and driver championship information will be available later this spring.
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 8 - 10, Louisville, KY
The Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 15 - 17, Phoenix
Dispatcher Training Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 13 - 16, Kansas City, MO
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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