NRMCA Content Creator and Communications Manager Malachy Joyce recently found himself in Kalamazoo, MI, interviewing two of the newest - and youngest - mixer truck drivers for Producer member Consumers Concrete. Skylar Hoard and Braylon Calloway are graduates of Consumers' CDL program who offer their insights on what it's like delivering concrete at a young age and why the career is worth pursuing.
For more information on how you can arrange a similar visit, contact Malachy Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can also view (and like if you choose) the resulting posting on social media.
NRMCA presented an education session titled Responsible Sourcing and the Concrete Sustainability Council Certification at the virtual Net Zero Construction Conference held on Thursday, March 2. The virtual conference brought together academia and industry leaders to discuss net-zero construction. NRMCA’s Matthew Lemay introduced the topic of responsible sourcing, which takes into account the environmental, social and economic impacts of products, including their “upstream” components and material suppliers.
The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Certification System for Concrete is the first responsible sourcing certification for concrete, cement and aggregate plants, originating in Europe in 2016. NRMCA is a regional system operator (RSO) of the CSC certification system in the United States and Canada, supporting producers and overseeing the awarding of certificates. Through industry education efforts and support of the CSC certification, NRMCA hopes to bring CSC-certified, responsibly-sourced concrete, cement and aggregates to the North American market. It is recognized and rewarded by multiple green building standards, including BREEAM, LEED and the Envision standard for sustainable infrastructure.
Sessions were recorded and can be viewed by ticketholders through the end of March. To learn more about the CSC system and NRMCA’s program, visit us.csc.eco or contact Matthew Lemay at email@example.com or 847-323-0413.
Matthew Lemay, NRMCA manager of codes and sustainability programs, presented on Environmental Product Declarations: How to Get Them and How They’re Used at three state trade association events during the first quarter of 2023:
The topic of sustainability and the use of environmental product declarations (EPDs) to report embodied carbon is a topic of growing importance in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest regions. Among other important factors, there is a rising regional trend of data center construction by large tech sector firms, many of which implement carbon reduction targets on new construction.
For more information on NRMCA’s EPD program, visit nrmca.org/epd or contact Matthew Lemay at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional questions or assistance with projects in the Midwest, contact Donn Thompson, senior director of building innovations, at email@example.com.
Association & Industry News
Earlier this week, Build With Strength and NRMCA announced the winners of the 2023 Concrete Innovation Awards at a ceremony held in Las Vegas during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show. Category winners included Innovative Person or Team, Innovative Product or Service, Innovative Project and Innovative Company. All winners were members of NRMCA or an Association member was involved in developing the innovation.
With March’s Plant Manager Certification class already sold out, the last two 2023 classes have opened for registration. They will be held May 16 - 19 in Albany, OR and December 12 - 15 in Orlando, FL. NRMCA’s Plant Manager Certification Course has become a powerful tool for producers to increase their productivity and efficiency. It is also a required certification in the US Army Corps of Engineer’s contract specifications so we suggest registering as soon as possible.
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On a visit last week to NRMCA Producer member Boger Concrete, Dave Hilliard and Eran Willis met with NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Luke McHugh where they toured a Lebanon, PA, mixed use development (seen here). All the apartments and townhomes are being constructed with concrete supplied by Boger Concrete using insulated concrete forms (ICF) while an adjacent hotel parking lot was constructed with conventional concrete, both resulting from assistance by NRMCA’s Build With Strength and Pave Ahead Design Assistance programs.
For more information, contact Luke McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRMCA's Effective Supervisor Course returns to a western location on April 18 - 20 with the class being held near the Los Angeles airport. Why should your frontline supervisors attend? Those who understand their own strengths, weaknesses, biases and working styles are better equipped to influence and interact effectively with their team – and colleagues – who can have different working styles and personalities. As a result, the content includes industry-specific, hands-on situational exercises that develop solid communication skills, team building know-how and conflict resolution procedures.
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Please note that e-mail and direct registration links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's website.
March 21 - 23, Nashville, TN
March 21 - 24, Columbus, OH *Sold Out
March 28 - 30, Dallas
April 4 - 6, Orlando, FL
April 11 - 13, Carmel, IN
April 18 - 20, Nashville, TN
April 18 - 20, Oklahoma City
April 18 - 20, Los Angeles
April 24 - 25, Antioch, TN
April 25 - 27, Manchester, NH
May 9 - 11, Orlando, FL
May 16 - 19, Albany, OR
May 16 - 18, Online Course
May 16 - 18, Antioch, TN
May 23 - 25, Manchester, NH
June 6 - 8, Orlando, FL
June 20 - 22, Manchester, NH
September 29 - October 3, Nashville, TN
October 11 - 13, Centennial, CO
November 7 - 9, Charlotte, NC
November 28 - 30, Orlando, FL
December 12 - 15, Orlando, FL