Sources: American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff
ACPA’s biannual Gaining the Edge Education Conference and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s annual ConcreteWorks will run concurrently, September 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.
“The [associations] represent important job site partners and share common goals,” says ACPA Executive Director Christi Collins, citing numerous synergies the collaboration will create, including a) a shared exhibition hall with booths dedicated to concrete pumping contractors or ready mixed concrete producers; b) combined keynote address; and, c) a crossover education session, “The Perfect Pour.” Led by Baker Concrete Construction Vice President and Chief People Officer Mike Schneider, the latter will focus on how a concrete contractor selects a ready mixed supplier and pumping service.
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks, September 18-20, will offer ready mixed producers a variety of events, topped by the National Mixer Driver Championship, plus education sessions on concrete pavement, buildings and technology; business administration; plus, environmental and safety issues.
The Gaining the Edge program, September 19-20, spans education sessions led by some of the top professionals in their fields, addressing such topics as workforce development; fleet management; sales strategies and planning; navigating federal Hours of Service regulations; managing a compliance audit; and, contractual risk. Another featured session covers results of the 2016 ACPA financial benchmarking survey, which helps concrete pumping contractors measure profitability by comparing costs with peer operators to gain better understanding of business process efficiency and effectiveness.