Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff
Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Roy Blount (R-MO) have brought the 113th Congress legislation enabling concrete masonry producers to pursue development of a national check-off program, where an assessment per unit sold would support industry research, education, and promotion.
Source: Belgard Hardscapes, Atlanta
Belgard Hardscapes is challenging contractors across the country to share a new sales or marketing approach that will grow their business in 2013, accepting submissions through May 15 at Belgard.biz/ultimate.
Source: North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)
NACFE’s Annual Fuel Efficiency Benchmark Study examines 10 large, on-highway fleets, including regional tractors and trailers, on the use of products and practices supporting high fuel efficiency levels. Announced at the American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council meeting in Nashville, it finds fleets saving on average $5,700 per year in fuel expense—a $1,300 savings change against 2011 Fleet Fuel Efficiency Benchmark Study data.
Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.
A proposed standard, WK39876, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, will cover process, verification and record keeping procedures for recycling mixes.