CIM director studies employee burnout in the concrete business

Sources: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; CP staff

One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at MTSU—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.” 

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ACI Foundation doubles up on 2018 research, scholarship funding

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI will close the year with $1 million in funding for the ACI Foundation, which supports research, scholarships, new technologies and issues of strategic importance to the concrete industry. Double ACI’s annual $500,000 commitment for the separately managed Foundation, the 2018 tally includes one-time contributions totaling $486,000 plus funding for a new Middle East Fellowship. 

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Steering Committee seeks 2019 CIM Auction donations

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee; CP staff

Concrete Industry Management patrons are calling for concrete equipment, material or tool, along with sports, entertainment and travel package donations for the 2019 CIM Auction, January 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Scheduled amid World of Concrete day two activities, the event will have silent bidding from 11 a.m. through the start of live bidding at 1 p.m. 

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Organizations – September 2016

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Don Clem, P.E., has joined the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as vice president, Local Paving, responsible for implementing strategies that increase the use of ready mixed concrete in pavements for parking lots, streets and local roads, and other applications. He will cover the NRMCA Rocky Mountain Northwest Region from a Denver base, working with local, regional and state technical and promotion partners to support concrete pavements through promotion, design and construction activities.
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RMC Foundation releases driver recruitment, onboarding resources

With an eye to helping ready mixed producers introduce prospective truck drivers to the industry and their own companies, the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation has released two- and nine-minute recruitment videos plus 30- and 60-second radio spots. The videos can also serve as interview and onboarding resources to give candidates and new-hires an in-depth look at “A Day in the Life” of a professional mixer truck driver.
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CONCRETE EMPLOYEE SAFETY DVD

CONCRETE EMPLOYEE SAFETY DVD

The American Society of Concrete Contractors Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) has released a new Employee Safety Orientation DVD for concrete contractors. Shot on active concrete construction sites, it covers alcohol and substance abuse, personal protective equipment, pre-task planning, hand and power tools, fire prevention, excavation and trenching, handling fresh concrete, forming, rebar, pumping, hazardous materials and much more. An accompanying User Guide explains how to use the DVD most effectively and contains sample test questions.

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Concrete Industry Management Program auction grosses $800K+

Assembling at the close of bidding for the Granite-mounted McNeilus mixer are (from left) CIM Executive Director Eugene Martineau; Mack Trucks President Stephen Roy; U.S. Concrete Vice President, Sales & Marketing Wally Johnson and CEO William Sandbrook; and, Auction Chair and Cemex Vice President, Market Development Mike Philipps.

With confirmed live, online and silent bids exceeding $810,000, the Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee reports that the 2014 World of Concrete Auction bested last year’s record gross by nearly $200,000.

“We had a record in terms of the value of donated items and auction attendees that helped make this year’s event a huge success,” notes Cemex’s Mike Philipps, who chaired the committee organizing the Las Vegas Convention Center-staged, January 22 fundraiser. “Everyone stepped up to donate and bid on great items.”

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Northeast CIM Patrons take Manhattan for Annual Wine Benefit Dinner

Source: Concrete Industry Management Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

The Northeast CIM Patrons Group’s 7th Annual Wine Benefit Dinner for the Concrete Industry Management program at New Jersey Institute of Technology will be February 22 at Valbella Restaurant, New York City. The formal gathering will feature the “Wines of Italy” and fine cuts in the heart of Manhattan’s historic Meatpacking District.

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Falling Tools Protection

iwi group LLC has added to its concrete industry offerings Python Safety products, including buckets, holsters, pouches, and tethers to the concrete industry. The Python Safety Small Parts Pouch accommodates many different sized parts, and helps prevent accidental drops with a unique self-closure “trap” system engineered from high-quality neoprene. With no buttons, snaps, or zippers to contend with, the Small Parts Pouch makes it nearly impossible for objects to fall out once placed in the bag, while making the retrieval of the objects easy for the craftsman. Small Parts Pouches are available in both canvas and vinyl variants.

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