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NRMCA Seeks to Identify RCC Pavement Projects
NRMCA is working with the RCC Promotion and Education Council to identify Roller Compacted Concrete pavement projects across the United States. "Specifically, we are trying to identify RCC projects completed between 2014 and 2016," says NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge. "Large or small, we’re interested in everything."

The projects will be added to the database created through surveys that were conducted in 2010 and 2014 by Dr. David Pittman, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Corey Zollinger of NRMCA Producer member CEMEX, respectively. The information obtained in those surveys has proven to be very useful to the industry. Keeping the database current will be even more beneficial. Once the data is compiled, the RCC Council will prepare a paper summarizing the information.

Project information being requested includes the name, location and owner of the project; year of construction; paving contractor, pavement application (parking lot/roadway/shoulder etc.), pavement area (in square yards) and thickness, paver type and surface finish (natural/diamond grind/troweled/asphalt overlay). "We’d love to have all the information on every project, but we know that may be difficult," Kresge said. "We’ll take whatever information you can share."

To submit project information or for more details, contact Phil Kresge at
NRMCA Building Promotion Team Adds New Member
NRMCA has announced that Chris Dagosta is the newest member of NRMCA’s building promotion team. Based in Phoenix, Dagosta is a senior director of building innovations; he will join his colleagues in promoting the Build with Strength Concrete Design Center, a nationwide initiative to offer technical expertise to developers and design professionals in order to incorporate cutting-edge concrete solutions into their building projects.

Before joining NRMCA, Dagosta was the owner of Efficient Product Solutions, LLC, a distributor for Insulating Concrete Forms across the West/Southwest U.S. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, 12 of them dedicated to concrete building systems. In his new role, he will work closely with building professionals, developers and design experts to offer cost efficient, sustainable concrete solutions with a focus on low, mid-rise and multi-family residential structures.
Chris Dagosta can be reached at or 602-930-3793.
Government Affairs
NRMCA Advocacy News Roundup Updated Through August 11
Media articles on Congress, transportation infrastructure, regulation, taxes and other subjects, each of which relate to the ready mixed concrete industry, are updated each week by NRMCA's Government Affairs staff. To access the most recent compilation of articles for August 7-11, 2017, please click here.

If you would like to receive this weekly updated link in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments about the roundup, contact NRMCA’s Andrew Tyrrell at
NRMCA Offers New Course Titled Concrete’s Contribution to LEED v4
NRMCA has published a new course titled Concrete’s Contribution to LEED v4 and has announced it in the August issue of Architect magazine and in Hanley Wood’s online university. The article discusses advancement in LEED v4 that will change the way design professionals, contractors and product manufacturers do business. Many credits, such as Rainwater Management, Heat Island Reduction and Optimized Energy Performance, are refined. Others, such as Material and Resource (MR) credits, challenge product manufacturers to disclose their environmental, social and health impacts in third-party validated reports. This article reveals strategies using concrete that yield successful results in achieving sustainability goals.

As part of the Build with Strength initiative to educate the building and design communities on the benefits of ready mixed concrete, NRMCA has published three courses in Architect magazine and Hanley Wood University, including:
Concrete's Contribution to LEED v4 (Print Course)
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction (Print Course)
Insulating Concrete Forms for Multifamily Residential Construction (Print Course)

Anyone can take the courses and they are free. For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at or 847-918-7101.
NRMCA Submits Comments Supporting Withdrawal of Labor Persuader Rule
Last week, NRMCA submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) supporting the agency’s efforts to formally vacate the controversial (DOL) "Persuader" Rule. The rule, which was put on hold nationally by a federal judge last November and then reaffirmed by the same court last December, is now formally on the chopping block by the Trump Administration. Since its inception, NRMCA has opposed the rule, which aimed to limit employers’ ability to seek and retain legal counsel for purposes of consulting on employee union organizing drives. The rule also would have required employers and legal counsel to disclose certain financial and other unnecessary private company information, among other erroneous provisions. NRMCA’s comments detailed how the rule represents an unwarranted intrusion into employer’s  and employees’ rights and that the revisions are overly-broad in scope.

Click here for more information on the persuader rule. Click here to review the court’s ruling. Click here to review NRMCA’s comments. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at
OES Education Sessions Highlighted at ConcreteWorks
At this year’s NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks, the NRMCA Operational, Environmental and Safety Committee is hosting a series of educational sessions aimed at various relevant industry issues. The specific sessions include:

Truck Talk: Mixers, Engines and Transmissions (panel discussion)
Caution – Diesel Fuel 
OSHA’s Impending Silica Rule: Industry Need To Knows
Truck Rollovers in the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Safety Rundown
Leading by Influence Not Authority 
Federally Registered Apprenticeship Programs: An Exciting Opportunity for Mixer Driver Recruitment 
Recent Employment and Labor Law Initiatives Are Changing Your Workplace. Are You Aware? 

Click here for more information on the sessions, timing and all other issues regarding this year’s ConcreteWorks. You may also contact Gary Mullings, Eileen Dickson or Kevin Walgenbach.
Due This Friday: 2017 National Mixer Driver Championship Registrations
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 and payment for drivers looking to participate in NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship 2017 is are due this 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 Still 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 Jacques Jenkins, Gary Mullings or Kevin Walgenbach.
Tell Your Representative to Join the Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus
There is a lot going on in Washington – tax reform, infrastructure, regulatory reform – and it is imperative that the ready mixed concrete industry has a voice on Capitol Hill. That’s why NRMCA has formed the Congressional Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus, a formally recognized organization sponsored by a bipartisan group of House of Representatives' members to promote and enhance public awareness of the nation’s production of ready mixed concrete; advance legislation that supports the production and delivery of ready mixed concrete;  and educate elected officials and staff about the economic value of a healthy and robust industry to build our nation’s transportation and infrastructure systems, as well as residential housing and commercial building and construction markets to create and sustain job growth.

The caucus provides NRMCA and the ready mixed concrete industry a better way to educate Congress about the how laws and regulations coming from Washington impact the production and delivery of ready mixed concrete. It also helps to develop a "home team" of champions in Congress and it quickly connects us with Members of Congress and their staff when issues arise. NRMCA needs your help: please contact your congressional representatives and ask them to join the Congressional Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus.

Simply click here to send your representative a letter asking them to join the caucus. Members of Congress respond best when they are approached by constituents. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at or 240-485-1156.
Education & Training
Registration Now Open for Workshops for Sales Managers, Sales Reps
NRMCA is now offering two tracks of sales classes, one for sales managers and another for sales representatives:

*New Sales Manager Leadership Series: The Sales Management Development Program marries a workshop with follow-up online lectures to give ready mixed concrete sales managers the tools to have a positive, profound impact on their sales staff. During the winter months, sales managers will work through a step-by-step process to assure their team kicks into full gear as the busy spring season starts.

Part 1: The Sales Management Leadership Workshop on November 15-16 launches the program with a networking dinner of peers, followed by a two-day, intensive workshop that focuses on the critical skills and tools needed by today’s ready mixed concrete sales managers. The content’s cornerstone is an industry-specific, real life case study where attendees team with colleagues to learn and implement new strategies that optimize the performance of a sales team while building personal management, leadership and sales coaching skills.

Part 2: Webinar lectures. Following the workshop, participants partake in a mandatory series of three Webinars.
• Webinar #1: Sales Performance Assessments and Reviews...for Ready Mix Sales Managers | January 23, 2018
• Webinar #2: Personal Leadership and Coaching | February 20, 2018
• Webinar #3: Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Top Performing Ready Mix Sales Reps | March 20, 2018

This is a one-price package; you cannot register for separate pieces. Space is limited to 25. Click here for more information and registration options. *Please note that this content is NOT for sales reps. The E-NEWS item directly below is targeted for them.
Registration Now Open for Next Round of NRMCA CCSP Modules
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 discounted fee is extended for those who register for all four classes and to companies that send three or more people to one class. The schedule is as follows:
• Module 1: Concrete 101, October 10-13
• Module 2: Understand the Contractor's Business, December 5-7
• Module 3: RMC Business Knowledge, 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. The well-respected, updated content is a valid way to refresh sales skills that emphasize the industry’s aggressive stance toward winning business. 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 registration options, staff contact and more information.
A Look Ahead
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

August 23, Fargo, ND
Regional ConcreteWorks, North Central Region
Email: Tamara Waugh, 240.485.1132
September 18 - 20, Salt Lake City
Concrete Durability Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
October 1 - 3, Grapevine, TX
NRMCA ConcreteWorks 2017
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 2, Salt Lake City
Handling Concrete Specifications
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 13 - 14, Dallas 
Leadership, Coaching for Operations Executives
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152
November 15-16, Dallas
Sales Managers Leadership Workshop
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 – 18, 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 27 – 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
900 Spring Street
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Phone: 301-587-1400 Toll Free: 888-84 NRMCA (846-7622)