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Propex survey finds producers confident in market turnaround

Source: Propex Operating Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ready mixed producers responding to a Propex Concrete Solutions survey on the use of synthetic fibers indicated that avoiding liability is key issue and, contrary to some industry observers’ outlook, they are optimistic on construction market improvement. Propex sought to gain a deeper understanding of producers and how to best help them achieve business goals. More than 1,300 respondents—from a pool of about 5,000 target U.S. producers—underscored how the ready mixed industry is the company’s key constituency.

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NRMCA Associate Members launch producer community service award

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Nominations are open through February 15 for the inaugural Concrete Cares Award, established by the NRMCA Manufacturers, Products & Services Division to recognize producer members’ outstanding contributions in community service. With plants in almost every community in America, the association notes, those members make a difference by supporting schools and local recreation departments, plus activities ranging from Earth Day celebrations, to Boys & Girls Clubs, to breast cancer awareness campaigns.

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NCMA, ICPI call for Safety Awards entries

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

NCMA and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Insititute are accepting through  January 21 entries in their joint Safety Awards Program, recognizing exemplary records among producer and associate member companies. Awards will be presented during the 2011 NCMA Annual Convention, concurrent with March 22-26 Icon Expo and ConExpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas.

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Tool selects, optimizes concrete building systems

Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.

Set for a (January 18–21) World of Concrete debut, CRSI’s Reinforced Concrete Explorer is the online centerpiece of a conceptual-stage building system selection and optimization resource. It is programmed to help project teams maximize the ultimate value, efficiency and durability of a building, and presents users opportunities for exploiting the structural frame to reduce costs, increasing speed of construction, improving sustainability, and ensuring quality outcomes.

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Shepherd named to top Vulcan operations post; Sansone promoted

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala. ; CP staff

A 25-year-plus Vulcan veteran, Danny Shepherd will become executive vice president, Construction Materials, effective February 1. Since spring 2009, he has served as senior vice president, East Region, a position that evolved from integration of concrete, aggregate and cement businesses gained from Vulcan's late-2007 merger with Florida Rock Industries. After the previously announced retirement of Senior Vice President, West Region Ron McAbee, Shepherd will have responsibility for all Vulcan operating divisions and the corporate Construction Materials functions that support them.

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