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Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available for NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2017
Exhibit space is now available for NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2017 being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center from October 1-3 in Grapevine, TX (Dallas area). This is the second year the event will be co-located with the American Concrete Pumping Association’s (ACPA) Education Conference. The application process has changed this year as NRMCA is moving toward a priority formula for the assignment of exhibit space. Applications and payment received prior to July 1, 2017 will be part of the Priority Assignment Process. All past exhibitors in NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks and/or the ACPA Education Conference will be assigned by priority number first. All new exhibitors will then be assigned in the order in which they were received. Applications received on or after July 1, 2017 will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Exhibition Management. 

Exhibit space costs can be found in the Exhibitor Prospectus. Reserve your space now by completing the Exhibitor Application and Attendee Registration Forms and returning them to NRMCA. Please note that the cost of the exhibit space does NOT include employee registration so the separate Attendee Registration Form should be completed for all employees of exhibiting companies.

For more information, please contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach at Click here to access the ConcreteWorks Web site for more event information.
Shopping Center Trade Show Again Nets Big Results for NRMCA
NRMCA’s Local Paving Team highlighted concrete overlays of asphalt parking lots at last week’s International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon held in Las Vegas for the fourth year and the results keep getting better, reports Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Jon Hansen.

"Three years ago we switched the message in the booth to just concrete overlays of asphalt parking lots," he said. "The interest increased dramatically and each year since we have gathered more project leads than the year before. During the past year, we did a Design Assistance Program (DAP) workup for a shopping center owner that stopped during the 2016 conference. During the year, an American Society of Concrete Contractors member who is experienced in concrete overlays, visited the site and prepared a bid for the owner. And this year we arranged a meeting in the booth of the contractor and owner. The meeting was very productive and looks favorable to turn into a number of overlay projects for the owners many locations."

Other Local Paving Team members participating in the conference booth included Phil Kresge, vice president, local paving and Brian Killingsworth, executive vice president | division head, local paving.

For more information, contact Jon Hansen at
Pervious Concrete Promotion Subcommittee Schedules June 20 Conference Call
The NRMCA Pervious Concrete Promotion Subcommittee will host a conference call on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, reports NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge. The call-in number is 866-670-0780 and the conference code is 9101734. Topics of discussion will include progress on Pervious In Practice Publication #3 - Pervious Concrete Testing, recently published research results from Dr. Liv Haselbach, pervious contractor certification updates and future plans for Pervious University.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Phil Kresge at
Association & Industry News
MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Schedules Next Public Webinar
The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub's next public Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Eastern time and will present work on pavement vehicle interaction (PVI). Registration is now open.

Please visit the 2017 Public Webinar Schedule page for more information about this and other upcoming Webinars. In addition, the recording of a previous Webinar on building life cycle cost analysis has been posted to YouTube.
NRMCA’s Updated 2017 Hours of Service (HOS) Guide Now Available
Do you have questions about the Hours of Service 30-minute break? Did you know the ready mixed concrete industry now has an exemption from the 30-minute break? Did you know ready mix drivers’ logging exemption was extended to 14 hours? Answers, explanations and guidance on these questions, and more, are now part of NRMCA's Compliance Guide for the Federal Drivers' Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

Over the last decade, the federal drivers' Hours of Service (HOS) regulations have been subject to numerous court actions and congressional meddling. Now, once again, there are recent, new revisions to the HOS rules, including the confusing 30-minute break, 34-hour restart provision and when mixer drivers do and don’t need to use logs. Do you know how these changes impact your drivers? Is your company in compliance? Do you know how to be compliant? The 2017 HOS Guide will explain what the law is, how the industry is impacted and what your company and drivers need to do, or not do, to be compliant. The 2017 HOS Guide also covers the new ready mixed concrete driver compliance scenario for Electronic Logging Devices or ELDs.

NRMCA's 2017 Drivers' Hours of Service Regulations Compliance Guide has all the answers to help you and your company be prepared for complying with Hours of Service regulations.

Click here to obtain your copy of the revised 2017 Drivers' Hours of Service Regulations Compliance Guide. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at
2017 National Mixer Driver Championship Seeks Drivers
This year’s NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship will take place on Sunday, October 1, during NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. The registration form for drivers looking to participate in NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship 2017 is now available. Please note that the registration form and payment for entering drivers into the championship are due Friday, August 18.

Click here to access the registration form, driver schedule and other important information about the championship and ConcreteWorks 2017. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at
Sponsorship Opportunities Available for National Mixer Driver Championship
Is your company represented at this year’s National Mixer Driver Championship? This year’s program brings an enhanced sponsorship program. With the continued growth of the championship program, the sponsorship opportunities for members and non-members have been expanded, so please review these new sponsorship program opportunities. NRMCA encourages you to circulate these opportunities within your company and to any outside vendors you deem appropriate.

Enhanced sponsorship opportunities include full course naming rights, first place trophy naming rights, breakfast of champions, championship lunch, course challenges and many more.
Click here to review this year’s sponsorship program. For more information, contact Contact: Jacques Jenkins, Gary Mullings or Kevin Walgenbach.
NRMCA Concrete Durability Course Scheduled for September in Salt Lake City
The next NRMCA Concrete Durability Course is scheduled for September 18-20, 2017 at the AGC of Utah headquarters in Salt Lake City. The course is taught by Michael Thomas, 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 walk attendees through Concreteworks software that can be used to develop concrete mixtures for durability and to evaluate the potential for temperature-related cracking.
The course also discusses the durability provisions in the Building Code - ACI 318-14 and how specifications can be structured to address durability. Comprehensive reference material is provided as course notes that is an excellent resource to concrete producers and associated technical personnel. The course concludes with a comprehensive exam on the subject matter covered. Those with the NRMCA Level 3 Certification obtain the NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 4 Certification when passing this exam. However, it is not essential to have attended the NRMCA Technical Short Course to attend the Durability Course. The course provides required learning units toward the technical track of the NRMCA STEPS certification program. Persons interested in attending this course are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Click here for more information, registration options and staff contacts.
Education & Training
Nominate Your Staff for Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) Program Before June 15
Now in its 14th year, NRMCA's Developing Industry’s Leaders (DIL) program is a premier career development tool. Participants are given the opportunity to advance their leadership skills and network with peers while being mentored by NRMCA’s senior staff. The DIL agenda differs from other leadership programs in that it exposes participants to our industry’s big issues from an all-encompassing, nationwide perspective. Once selected, this year’s cohort group is expected to work over the summer via conference calls and Webinars and are required to attend ConcreteWorks in Dallas, September 28 - October 3. The program will start with a half-day launch workshop where they will also be placed in their small working research team. Over the fall and winter, the team works on their issues further.
At the 2018 NRMCA Annual Convention, they will present their findings to NRMCA’s membership. Once done, DILs are expected to make a long-term commitment to move their team’s initiative(s) forward by joining, and attending, the appropriate NRMCA committee meetings twice a year. During their second year, the year’s DIL cohort group re-forms over the summer for a two-day networking and leadership workshop, exclusively developed for them. Finally, DILs may attend NRMCA’s semi-annual Board of Directors meetings to watch senior level executives deliberate and make strategic decisions that impact the industry, both short and long term.

Participation in the DIL program is a long-term commitment for a maximum of 24 annually-selected candidates. Applications are due before Thursday, June 15.
Click here to access and download the application form. For more information about this program, contact Eileen Dickson at
Registration Continues for Next Round of NRMCA Sales Certification Series
The well-respected series’ updated content is a solid way for new and experience sales staff to reinforce the skills that emphasize the industry’s aggressive stance toward winning business. Each module of NRMCA's Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) series will be held in Silver Spring, MD (metro Washington, DC), beginning in October and ending in March 2018. A registration fee discount is extended for those who register for all four classes or for companies that send three or more people to one class. The schedule is as follows:
• Module 1: Concrete 101, October 1-13
• Module 2: Understand the Contractor's Business, December 5-7
• Module 3: RMC Business Knowledge, February January 16-19, 2018
• Module 4: Professional Sales Skills and Promotion, March 27-29, 2018
Each class stands alone so it does NOT have to be taken consecutively or collectively. Additionally, these are the required courses in the STEPS® Sales and Promotion certification program, where those in the field earn the industry's most prestigious capstone certification, the CCPf.
Click here for more information or contact NRMCA's Jessica Walgenbach at or 240-485-1152.
A Look Ahead
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

June 6 – 8, Atlanta
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
June 13 – 16, Bismarck, ND
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
September 18 - 20, Salt Lake City
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
October 10 – 13, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
October 17 – 19, Denver
Safety Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 6 – 10, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Technical Short Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 2, Salt Lake City
Handling Concrete Specifications
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
December 5 – 7, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
December 12 – 15, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 9 – 11, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
January 16 – 19, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

January 16 – 19, Minneapolis
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

January 23 – 25, Orlando, FL
RMC Effective Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

February 20 – 23, Albuquerque, NM
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

March 26 – 30, Louisville, KY
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
March 27 – 29, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
2017 Rollover Survey Form Now Available
The 2017 Mixer Truck Rollover Survey is designed to collect data on actual rollovers of ready mixed concrete trucks in calendar year 2017. The electronic form referenced below uses check and dropdown boxes for ease of completion and data compilation. The data collected is for rollovers that occur in calendar year 2017; no personal or company names are required to complete the form.
Click here to download the form. When completed, please return the form to NRMCA's Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.orgQuestions regarding the program or form should also be directed to Gary Mullings.
Entry Forms Now Available for 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards
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 is 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 Dallas and also be featured in a 2017 edition of NRMCA’s Concrete InFocus magazine as well as Concrete Products magazine.
Entries and photos must be e-mailed to Gary Mullings at by Friday, July 28. Click here for more information, staff contact and to download the entry form.
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