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Registration is now open for Learning Session 3 of Concrete Innovations which will focus on Specifying Sustainable Concrete and take place on Wednesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time.

  • Lowering the CO2 Footprint of Concrete with Portland-Limestone Cement (Type IL) - Product Spotlight sponsored by Titan America, presented by Eric Koehler, director of quality, Titan America
  • Specifying Sustainable Concrete - Presented by Colin Lobo, PhD, NRMCA executive vice president, engineering and Brandon Wray, NRMCA director, building innovations
  • Moisture Control in Concrete Batch Plants to Control Costs and Reduce Embodied Carbon - Product Spotlight sponsored by Hydronix, presented by Neal Cass, sales manager, Hydronix

There are sessions scheduled each month throughout 2022. Visit for upcoming sessions. For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at or 847-922-7995.

More than 600 structural engineers participated in a webinar titled The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint offered through Structure magazine on May 11. The webinar, sponsored by Build With Strength, an initiative of NRMCA, discusses the Top 10 strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

For the those who missed the live webinar, the session is now available on-demand. This session offers one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for engineers and one AIA-CES HSW Learning Unit for architects. Although geared to design professionals, anyone in construction will benefit, including contractors and concrete producers.

Registration is free. Questions? Contact Lionel Lemay at

   WAM USA, Inc.       CarbonCure Technologies Inc.    
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Ken Crank, director of concrete promotions of the Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association (PACA), announced this week that PACA has released a new case study that highlights the use of ICF construction on a project in Lebanon County (seen here). The two-page document includes links to the developer and architect on the project along with links to more information on ICFs and a video showcasing the project. The owner, Byler Holdings, decided on ICFs for the apartment buildings after being introduced to the concept by Crank and his frequent promotion partner, NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Doug O'Neill. After evaluating the costs, timing, ease of use and ultimate quality of the final product, the decision was easy, according to Wilbur McMichael, Byler Holdings' director of construction.

You can read more case studies at PACA’s Specify Concrete website. For more information on this project or to discuss developing a case study of your own, contact Doug O’Neill at

   Euclid Chemical Company       Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.    

NRMCA recently verified a system-level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program for NRMCA Producer member Smokey Point Concrete in Arlington, WA. The EPD was developed in consultation with and based on a software tool by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. The software tool integrates LCA impacts within batch operating software to generate EPDs when desired. The software, underlying life cycle data for each plant and EPD were reviewed and verified by Sustainable Solutions Corporation, a verifier in NRMCA’s EPD program.

Public access to the EPD is available on the NRMCA EPD webpage and is listed as NRMCA EPD: 20060 Smokey Point Concrete. This EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete produced at Smokey Point Concrete in Arlington, WA.

For more information, contact Matthew Lemay at

   Master Builder Solutions US LLC       Sika Corporation    

NRMCA will host five face-to-face classes beginning this fall; they focus on giving participants immediate skills to help juggle all their balls within compliance parameters as well as learn efficiency processes and organizational methods.

  • Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course – October 18-20, Charlotte, NC
  • The Effective RMC Supervisor Certification – November 8-10, Louisville, KY
  • Dispatcher Training Course – November 15-17, Phoenix
  • Environmental Professional Certification – November 29 - December 1, Orlando, FL
  • Plant Manager Certification Course – December 13-16, Kansas City, MO

These classes earn NRMCA's STEPS "Operations and Production" Track certification, CCPf. STEPS is the ready mixed concrete’s industry most prestigious employee professional development program, supporting career development and job retention/succession planning. 

More information for each of the classes can be accessed from NRMCA's main calendar webpage. You may also contact Jessica Walgenbach at or 703-706-4852.

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   Xypex Chemical Corp       MAPEI    
NRMCA’s Annual Safety Award acknowledges the significant contribution that safe work practices gives to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry as a whole. The NRMCA Annual Safety Award is presented to an individual or company whose actions represent the very highest in the advancement of safety in the ready mixed concrete industry. The award program is generously sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB).
   MESA Systems Co.       Penetron USA    

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 member companies 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 Ceremony at NRMCA‘s ConcreteWorks this October in Aurora, CO. Winners will also be featured in a 2022 edition of NRMCA’s Concrete InFocus magazine and Concrete Products magazine.

Entries and photos must be e-mailed to by Friday, July 22. Click here for more information and to download the entry form. Staff contacts are Gary Mullings at and Kevin Walgenbach at

Get ready for the National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week, beginning Monday, August 1. To help celebrate our industry’s drivers please visit the Appreciation Week store which is now open and includes polos, t-shirts, hats, beverage tumblers, koozies, key chains and multitools. It will remain open through June 15; orders will then be shipped by July 15 and arrive by August 1, just in time for Appreciation Week.

For more information, contact Gary Mullings at or Kevin Walgenbach at

   Kryton International       BCMI Corp.    

Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

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

May 24 - 26, Middleton, MA
Concrete Durability Course
Co-located with Holcim Northeast
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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

October 18 - 20, Charlotte, NC
NRMCA Safety Course
Co-located with CRMCA
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

November 29 - December 1, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Co-located with Florida Concrete & Products Association
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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

   Allen-Villere Partners       Fritz-Pak Corporation