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.

Tom Beck

Ron Henley

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

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.