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ORGANIZATIONS April 2014

The National Concrete Masonry Association elected its board of directors during the NCMA Annual Convention earlier this year in Palm Springs, Calif. Dale Puskas of Basalite Concrete Products was elected NCMA chairman of the board, citing among primary goals, “Maintaining and growing market share against competitive systems, improving the recent decline in membership due to the economic downturn and the perceived value of associations in general, advocating for government regulations and establishing organizational succession planning as new leaders begin to emerge in our industry.”

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U.S. Concrete’s rapid drying concrete advances moisture-sensitive slab practice

USC Technologies, Inc., bills its Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete as the first ready mixed solution for preventing floor covering failure, an industry-wide problem that costs millions of dollars annually in damage, downtime, repair and replacement. The proprietary mix from the subsidiary of Texas-Based U.S. Concrete Inc. can attain in 30 days or less—or three times faster than conventional concrete—the 75 percent internal relative humidity level increasingly referenced as a target for flooring covering application on new concrete slabs.

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ASTM and AASHTO dedicate Cement & Concrete and Materials Reference labs

A 34,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Frederick, Md., has been converted to a shared ASTM International Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL), bringing under one roof the operations of six buildings.

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Stego Industries makes the grade as named exclusive Aridus sales partner

U.S. Concrete announced an agreement in April whereby San Clemente, Calif.-based Stego Industries LLC, a key player in below-slab vapor barriers, becomes exclusive channel partner to market and sell Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete. The agreement creates significantly increased opportunities to reach the architectural and engineering communities and showcase the benefits of Aridus as a game-changing solution to concrete slab moisture problems, U.S. Concrete affirms.

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Chryso’s Parker chairs ASTM Committee C09

ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has named a new chairman: Steven Parker, North American sales and marketing manager for Chryso Inc., Rockwall, Texas. The 1,400-member committee oversees 170-plus international concrete standards essential to building and infrastructure engineering and construction.

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