PRODUCERS – SEPTEMBER 2020

Concrete Supply Co. Plant Manager Shane Mayberry of Mooresville, N.C. has earned the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 4th Annual Safety Award. He is responsible for the Charlotte-based producer’s Mooresville and Statesville plants, whose teams have logged zero lost time accidents during the past four years—a window spanning 133,494 work hours and 30,292 concrete loads hauled.

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Research contrasts resistivity test vs. w/c ratio to gauge permeability

A new Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation report reflecting work at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s College Park, Md. laboratory addresses the lack of a consistent and cost-effective concrete permeability test method. “Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete” authors evaluate mix design and specimen preparation factors that impact resistivity measurement; their conclusions can be incorporated in standards…

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NRMCA recognizes Quality Awards recipients

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. NRMCA has named 20 members in the 2020 Excellence in Quality Awards program, which honors ready mixed concrete producers who have demonstrated that they follow and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities—from commitment to quality, materials management, managing production facilities and product quality control while maintaining a high…

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NAHB analysis shows doubling of concrete-framed home volume

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff Annual concrete-framed home completions climbed from 42,000 to 86,000 over the 2015-2019 window, according to a National Association of Home Builders analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. With lumber prices up more than 170 percent from mid-April through mid-September, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association cites market conditions favorable for…

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NRMCA, Dubai partner schedule premier Global Concrete Summit

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

NRMCA has announced a first-of-a-kind virtual conference and exhibition to engage practitioners, researchers and policy makers around the world in an exchange of the latest ideas, knowledge and tools to build the future of concrete construction. Running November 30-December 10, the Global Concrete Summit will address developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as it relates to sustainable development. Presentation topics include innovation, resilience, life cycle assessment, low impact development, social responsibility, and public health. 

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Survey finds increasing equilibrium in mixer driver recruitment, demand

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

The NRMCA Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey shows an improved, year-over-year outlook for ready mixed concrete producers to maintain a healthy delivery professional pool. In 2019, 47 percent of respondents turned away orders due to lack of mixer truck drivers, down from 60 percent in 2018. The number of producers citing mixer driver vacancies dropped from 95 percent to 87 percent over the same window. 

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 21 rising stars from producer and associate member companies for the 2020 Developing Industry Leaders program: Master Builders Solutions’ Mason Booth and Matthew Wilson; Aggregate Industries’ Jenay Brown, Dan Corneau and Matthew Riggi; Titan America’s Marty Elkes, Jr. and David Novitzki (S&W Ready Mix Concrete) and Justin Walker (Roanoke Cement); Euclid Chemical’s Jason Jimenez; Irving Materials’ Andrew Mercker, Tyler Stanley and Kyle Norwood; Oremus Material’s Alireza Nili; Dickinson Ready Mix’s Ben Olin; U.S. Concrete’s Francis Pico-Llerena and Luis Soto-Rivas; Coast 2 Coast’s Micah Red Elk; CalPortland’s William Regis; Bayou Concrete’s Leighton Reynolds; Preferred Materials’ Frank Russo-Alesi; and, Maschmeyer Concrete’s Michael Tucker.

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Investigators probe efficacy of 90-minute discharge window in ASTM C94

Findings in a Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation report support reexamination of the 90-minute delivery threshold in ASTM C94, Standard Specification for Ready Mixed Concrete. The just-released “Impact of Extended Time to Discharge on Concrete Durability and Performance” covers a New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) investigation of concrete specimen freeze-thaw performance and resistivity.

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NRMCA mobilizes salute to concrete delivery professionals

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week, October 5-9, will afford ready mixed concrete producers and their allies an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and customer service of delivery professionals across the industry. NRMCA announced the event in conjunction with a rescheduling of this year’s National Mixer Truck Driver Championship to September 2021. The competition is a major draw of the ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, originally set for September 25-27 in Colorado but moved to October 7-8 in virtual format. 

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