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Concrete pavement market poised to remain above 50 million square yards

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

The American Concrete Pavement Association sees good prospects for mainline paving and overlay projects this year, with overall volume nearly matching last year’s levels. “We expect 2019 market volume to be about 51.5 million square yards. The current projection for 2020 is about 50.2 million square yards. Although this represents a slight decrease of 2.5 percent, the change is attributed to several strong state reconstruction projects and new alignment programs completed in 2019,” says ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt. 

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NRMCA names Drivers of the Year Award recipients

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

NRMCA will honor Jose Bermudez, based at the Central Concrete Supply Co. plant in San Francisco, as 2020 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year during its annual convention, March 7-9 in Las Vegas. The award and $5,000 check recognize his career achievements, outstanding safety record, professionalism, driving competency and customer service skills—underscored by 36 years without any on-the-job accidents and at-fault accidents or rejected loads. 

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NLRB affirms legality of Argos zero tolerance cell phone policy

Sources: CP staff; National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board has determined that a ready mixed concrete producer can restrict employees’ possession of cell phones in heavy-duty trucks, disclosure of compensation and other business matters, and use of company e-mail for nonwork purposes without violating their National Labor Relations Act-defined organizing rights. 

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PCA launches ‘Shaped by Concrete’ educational campaign

Source: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.

PCA is raising awareness of the sustainability, resiliency and durability of concrete through bold, compelling stories of how the construction material makes the world a better place. The Shaped by Concrete campaign will focus on key themes often overlooked and underrepresented in conversations and media coverage of cement and concrete, including their ability to meet sustainable development goals, decrease costs from natural disasters, and assist with key societal challenges, such as our nation’s housing crisis.  

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New decade ushers new opportunities for mining professionals

Source: National Mining Association, Washington, D.C.

In today’s world of material extraction, the National Mining Association notes, it has never been more important to stay competitive: As digital capabilities open doors to new possibilities, companies are embracing advanced technologies to reduce downtime, increase efficiency and improve safety. Now is the time to discover new solutions to current operational issues, invest in innovation and embrace new technology—and there’s no better place to do that than MINExpo International, NMA affirms.

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