The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario has officially re-branded as Concrete Ontario. Members acknowledged the group’s growth and evolution over 56 years and felt it was time for a change, noting how the new identity satisfies all of the expectations the original mark stands for while simultaneously moving the organization forward. Providing easy recall and recognition of the association, the new brand maintains a visual connection to how it was seen before.

Concrete Ontario aligns with the industry’s vision, mission and goals, and communicates to target markets and stakeholders that the association represents the concrete industry throughout Ontario. RMCAO will continue to remain the group’s legal name; Concrete Ontario will be the brand for all external marketing, promotion, and communication and advocacy efforts. All certifications will continue to be issued under “Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario.”

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Brian Hall

Ottawa non- profit think tank Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, specializing in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), has added to its nine-member board Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Managing Director, Sustainability and Business Development Brian Hall. He is the originator of CPCI’s Sustainable Strategy, which includes the development of LCA data for CPCI Precast Concrete, plus design and implementation of a Sustainable Plant Program that enables member plants to measure and implement changes that improve both environmental and financial performance. Hall joins a board whose members include Cement Association of Canada CEO Michael McSweeney.


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Steve Jackson

The American Concrete Pavement Association has elected Steve Jackson, president of Waterloo, Iowa, heavy & highway contractor Cedar Valley Corp. LLC, its 2016 chairman. He aims to address the needs of contractors and other members; concentrate on increasing membership, particularly to bring on more contractor members; and, continue developing tools and other resources to benefit ACPA Chapters and state groups. Jackson succeeds Mike Lipps, vice president of Operations for Duit Construction Co., Edmond, Okla.


The California Construction & Industrial Materials Association announces the recipients of its annual Member Recognition Awards. “The awards honor members for outstanding initiatives and service to the industry,” says CalCIMA President Gary Hambly. “Each recipient has gone extra lengths to help the association achieve policy objectives for the betterment of the aggregate, ready mixed concrete, and industrial mineral industries.”

The President’s Award was given to Mike Herges, manager of safety & health services with Graniterock in Watsonville, and Terry Tyson, regional safety and health manager with Lehigh Hanson in San Diego, for leadership of CalCIMA’s Safety & Health Committee, truck safety training material production, and developing relationships with the Mine Safety & Health Administration.

Charlie Wensley, president of Builders Concrete/Viking Ready Mix in Fresno, was presented the Benjamin J. Licari Distinguished Member Award for a lifetime of service to the industry. CalCIMA credits him with excelling in legislative affairs for the industry, including frequent testimony at legislative hearings and being a recognized industry expert.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has released college course material under the banner of Tilt-Up Academy. It is offering free educational tools to engineering faculty aiming to incorporate up to six weeks of 2012/2015 IBC-compliant, TCA developed, lecture and course material into undergraduate and graduate level reinforced concrete design classes. All course material is based on “Engineering Tilt-Up” (2013) authored by Timothy Mays, Ph.D., P.E., and Joseph Steinbicker, P.E., S.E.

Faculty requesting material will obtain immediate access to lecture content; weekly homework problems with a fully documented solutions manual; free software for single- and multi-story tilt-up wall design (academic use only, allowing faculty to quickly make up exam problems and additional homework problems); free individual copies of “Engineering Tilt-Up” plus student pricing (up 75 percent off retail) when required for class use.

Miranda Knipple has joined National Concrete Masonry Association as member services assistant. She will be working with the membership team fostering relationships with producers and associates.

CTLGroup has named Jeffrey Elks senior chemist/chemistry laboratory supervisor at the Skokie, Ill., headquarters. He will identify complex problems of high value to clients, develop experimental programs and direct materials research focused on solutions for the industry. He has more than 40 years’ experience working with Fortune 100 corporations in the petro-chemicals industry, and is an American Chemical Society and American Society for Testing and Materials member. Elks has multiple patents and inventions in the areas of catalyst and materials formulation, composition of matter, process technology and materials characterization.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors Emerging Leaders (EL) Committee has initiated a mentoring program for its contractor and associate members. “The program seeks to unite seasoned concrete construction professionals with members of lesser experience in a guided program to share knowledge and expertise,” says member Greg Hyde of Hyde Concrete.

The program is open to all ASCC contractor and associate members at no cost. Mentors are selected for their proficiency in a variety of disciplines, i.e. tilt-up, superflat floors, decorative concrete, industrial construction, business management and field operations. Mentees can be any member looking to augment their general concrete construction knowledge or find guidance in a particular area. “This program directly supports ASCC’s mission to ‘enhance the capabilities of those who build with concrete,’” affirms EL co-chair Matt Poppoff.

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  • Handling, Placing and Finishing Concrete. Overview of the proper methods and procedures for transporting, placing and finishing.
  • Concrete Standards and Requirements. A review of ASTM C94, Standard Specification for Ready Mixed Concrete, with discussion of concrete ordering, production, delivery and testing.
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