Tom Beck, president of Missouri-based Continental Cement Co., and Ron Henley, president of Colorado-based GCC of America, have been elected to two-year terms as Portland Cement Association chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
A 10-year veteran of (pre-Holcim) Holnam prior to joining Continental Cement in 1996, Beck succeeds CalPortland Co. President and CEO Allen Hamblen at PCA. He views his new role “as being part of a relay team. Allen has simply passed the baton to me for the next couple of years. We must continue to be more efficient and effective. That includes continuing our alliance with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and American Concrete Pavement Association so that each can focus on their core strengths as we all strive to produce better results.”
An agreement between the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and National Industrial Sand Association is spawning an NSSGA Industrial Sand Division, effective this month. The Division will have a separate board of directors; its chairman and vice chairman will serve on the NSSGA Executive Committee, and participate in meetings, events, advocacy efforts plus ROCKPAC.
“NSSGA members have long known the value of coming together as an industry for effective representation of our priorities,” says 2018 Chairman Randy Lake (CRH Americas Materials). “Formalizing this partnership will strengthen our collective position and increase our effectiveness to make real improvements on policies where America relies on aggregates and industrial sand.”
The American Shotcrete Association’s second Shotcrete Convention & Technology Conference is scheduled February 24-26 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, in Fernandina Beach, Fla. The program will feature 18 technology presentations, providing attendees the opportunity to explore shotcrete applications and innovations as well as future advancements.
ASA Spring Committee Meetings will be held at the Shotcrete Convention, superseding those otherwise scheduled during ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition – Spring 2019 in Québec City. All ASA Committees will be meeting along with the ACI Subcommittee 506-H, Shotcreting-Pools; ACI C660, Shotcrete Nozzleman Certification Committee members plan a special work session as well. ASA’s 14th Annual Awards Banquet will be the highlight event recognizing those who help raise the bar of industry practice. Registration and additional information can be obtained at www.shotcrete.org/convention.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has announced recipients of its annual Advocates Program awards, which recognize member commitments to industry advocacy efforts through I Make America, AEM’s national grassroots campaign. Participants advance pro-manufacturing policies that create and sustain jobs across the country. For 2018, 28 member companies received AEM Advocates Program Gold awards for achieving the highest level of participation in grassroots mobilization and outreach. In addition, five companies received the Advocates Program’s highest honor, Pillar of the Industry award, for reaching Gold status for five consecutive years.
“It’s more important than ever for our elected officials to understand the critical importance of our industry’s role in sustaining economic prosperity and quality of life across America,” says AEM President Dennis Slater. “These companies have really stepped up in their communities, and we greatly appreciate their dedication and hard work throughout the year.”
This year’s I Make America facility tour, themed “Behind Every Product,” brought elected officials to member manufacturing facilities to meet and discuss the most pressing issues with many of the 1.3 million men and women working in equipment manufacturing. AEM also hosted its first-ever I Make America Town Hall Tour at three member facilities, with live attendance by 500 workers and thousands more watching online, to educate and engage workers on key policies affecting the industry’s future.
EPA RECOGNIZES POWER-WISE CALPORTLAND READY MIXED PLANTS
Three CalPortland Co. ready mixed operations have attained Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Challenge for Industry recognition, reflecting diligence in reducing their respective energy intensities beyond the program’s minimum target of 10 percent. By achieving the Energy Star Challenge, The El Segundo, Calif., plus Longview and Woodland, Wash., ready mixed concrete plants continue to demonstrate what CalPortland calls “excellent corporate social responsibility” and solid carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e, metrics. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the equivalent global warming impact. The three facilities logged impressive energy and carbon reduction levels leading to the EPA Energy Star recognition:
- The El Segundo plant cut energy intensity by 35 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 104 metric tons. Anchoring the effort was a site-wide upgrade to LED lighting.
- The Longview plant reduced its energy intensity by 25.9 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 190 metric tons. Installation of a hot water holding tank lowered diesel consumption for boiler operation 25-50 percent, while lower electricity consumption reflected a full LED lighting upgrade.
- The Woodland operation reduced its energy intensity by 34.7 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 119 metric tons. Resource efficiency was secured with LED lighting upgrade and conversion from a natural gas furnace to heat pump system.
Ahead of the ready mixed plant recognition, CalPortland logged its 14th consecutive Energy Start Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for 2018. The repeated attainment of the award is due to employees’ dedication to energy management and represents a feat yet to be matched by any U.S. industrial company.
“Achieving the Energy Star Challenge for Industry continues to demonstrate CalPortland’s commitment to strong energy management practices that produce results for the environment and the community,” says CalPortland CEO Allen Hamblen.