Thirteen of the 95 plants earning certification in the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star manufacturing category produce portland cement: Argos USA LLC, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Miami; Drake Cement, Paulden, Ariz.; GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo. and Rapid City, S.D.;…Read More
A California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA) roadmap envisions three major pathways for the industry to attain net zero carbon operation by 2045: reducing production process emissions, reducing combustion emissions through fuel switching, and increasing distributed electricity generation. With 11.8 million metric tons’ clinker and 11.45 million metric tons’ grinding capacity in California (per USGS 2017 data), CNCA members can reach…Read More
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards salute sound operating practices ensuring resource conservation, water or air pollution prevention, plus enlightened plant and fleet team members. Now in its 24th year, the program honors producer members that have surpassed federal, state or local agency compliance requirements and demonstrated environmental commitment by investing in plant and human capital.Read More
To recognize the recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, American Concrete Pipe Association and Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association members hosted legislators and staff late last month for a BBQ picnic lunch on the Colorado State Capitol grounds in Denver. In addition to government outreach, the associations teamed to raise awareness of the industry’s key link to economic growth and sustainable development practices in the state.Read More
Tom Beck, president of Missouri-based Continental Cement Co., and Ron Henley, president of Colorado-based GCC of America, have been elected to two-year terms as Portland Cement Association chairman and vice chairman, respectively.Read More
FIRST PLACE – CALPORTLAND CO. – Front Avenue Plant, Portland, Oregon
RUNNER-UP – DOLESE BROS. CO. – Yukon Plant, Yukon, Oklahoma
HONORABLE MENTION – CAMPBELL CONCRETE & MATERIALS, LLC – Harwin Plant, Houston, Texas
HONORABLE MENTION – EASTERN CONCRETE MATERIALS – Bogota Plant, Bogota, New Jersey
HONORABLE MENTION – GCC MID-CONTINENT CONCRETE CO. – Tulsa Plant, Tulsa, OklahomaRead More
Allen Hamblen is 2015 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chairman
By Steven Prokopy
For the last two or three years, economic forecasts have indicated that things are looking quite promising for the construction industry in general, and the concrete industry specifically, with demand for product increasing year-after-year for at least the next decade. In terms of both product and information, the ready mixed industry could not be more prepared, according to National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chairman Allen Hamblen, president & CEO of CalPortland Co.
Kyle Wundt has joined Rober Ober & Associates LLC as engineer, based in the San Antonio design center headquarters. He has 15-plus years of engineering experience, and will be responsible for the design and specification of bulk material handling systems on local, regional and global projects.
FIRST PLACE – VULCAN MATERIALS CO., MISSION VALLEY READY MIX PLANT, SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
SECOND PLACE – MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS QUIVAS CONCRETE PLANT, DENVER, COLO.
THIRD PLACE – CALPORTLAND CO. DUWAMISH READY-MIX PLANT, SEATTLE, WASH.
Source: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.
As 2014 Energy Star Partner of Year – Sustained Excellence Award recipient, CalPortland will be honored April 29 in Washington, D.C., the recognition earned through what EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe calls the cement, concrete and aggregate producer’s “unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient.”Read More