NCMA research quantifies CMUs’ carbon dioxide-sequestering capacity

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff National Concrete Masonry Association technicians are collecting block from a cross section of producer members for a two-year investigation measuring specimens’ carbon dioxide sequestration characteristics. Findings have the potential to arm the industry with critical CO2 uptake data plus delineate the sequestration rates and net volumes of dry cast versus conventional precast…

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Surveys track modest year-over-year gains for block, SRW unit shipments

The 2020 National Concrete Masonry Association CMU Sales Survey, reflecting data from 187 plants, shows respective 2019 increases of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in the U.S. and Canada against prior-year figures. In 8-in. unit equivalent terms, producers shipped 1.17 billion block in the U.S. and 101.5 million block in Canada in 2019.

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NCMA programs a virtual live event as alternative to Music City meeting

Due to safety precautions plus travel and event programming complications surrounding the pandemic, the National Concrete Masonry Association will not conduct the in-person ICON Expo 2021: Machinery & Equipment Show, originally scheduled for February 12-13. In lieu of a Nashville gathering anchored by a second triennial Machinery & Equipment exhibit—the 2018 debut of which saw a parade of five block…

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Concrete Masonry Unit Sales Survey tracks modest year-over-year gains

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff The 2020 NCMA CMU Sales Survey, reflecting data from 187 plants, shows respective 2019 increases of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in the U.S. and Canada against prior year figures. In 8-in. unit equivalent terms, producers shipped 1.17 billion block in the U.S. and 101.5 million block in Canada last year. 

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Show management moves schedule for World of Concrete 2021 to June

World of Concrete manager Informa Exhibitions has postponed next year’s Las Vegas Convention Center gathering to June 7-10 from an original January 18-22 schedule, citing discussions on travel constraints and public health concerns with key stakeholders, plus feedback from major concrete and masonry associations.

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NCMA tables in-person ICON Expo 2021, Annual Convention plan

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va. After evaluating health risks and complications associated with a mid-February gathering, National Concrete Masonry Association directors have elected to hold on staging ICON Expo 2021: Machinery & Equipment Show and concurrent Annual Convention in Nashville. They moved to eliminate the physical meeting based on NCMA Associate Member Division Board guidance and in consultation…

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ORGANIZATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2020

The Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee has named to its 15-member board Master Builders Solutions Vice President, Admixture Systems Bruce Christensen; Silvi Group Cos. Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel Frank Flatch; and Forterra Chief Executive Officer Karl H. Watson, Jr. They join 17 others on the board, including the 2020-21 NSC officers Executive Director Eugene…

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 975 of the nearly 1,500 producer member plants entered into the 2019 Excellence in Safety Awards Program. The record number of plants spans Gold (918 recipients), Silver (five) and Bronze (52) categories defined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incident rate (IR) thresholds.

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Challenged Chair

Tom Finch leads a nimble National Concrete Masonry Association

A global health crisis raised humbling prospects less than three weeks into Tom Finch’s term as 2020 National Concrete Masonry Association Chair of the Board: How effectively could he function after a radically altered business landscape quelled requisite interface with NCMA directors, members and staff? Could association commitments be balanced with challenges he confronted as vice president of California-based RCP Block & Brick Inc., an essential business contending with national and state lockdown measures?

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