The Power of Choice

How leading producers are influencing the fate of the technology they use. By Victoria K. Sicaras With so many technology options available these days, end users expect a lot from their software providers. This is especially true in the concrete industry, a niche market that requires specialized solutions and on-demand user support. Yet even in an increasingly digital world, many…

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Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association honors 12 plants in the 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards program. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee recognizes producers for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound workplace safety and pollution prevention practices. Now in its 26th year, the awards program salutes operators who surpass permit compliance requirements and demonstrate a commitment…

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Land Unlocked

By Don Marsh Rising property values and light rail system build out, coupled with municipal planning measures promoting conversion of industrial to mixed use zoning and transit-oriented development, have spurred a pattern in and around the Colorado capital: A manufactured-concrete operator vacates a legacy site within or bordering the Mile High City in favor of a greenfield parcel on the…

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Quality and ingenuity fill Sakrete history

Known internationally as the original ready-mix bagged concrete, Sakrete closes out 2021 with reflections on 85 years of production quality and consistency, coupled with brand strength. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1936, the producer has progressed over the years, refreshing its identity, and expanding its products and job-specific formulations to meet the constantly evolving needs of pros and do-it-yourself customers…

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Carbon Control

National Ready Mixed Concrete Co. links leadership in low carbon mixes to business growth. Increases market presence with green building expertise, digital EPD technology, portland-limestone cement and a growing RNG-fueled fleet. BY DON MARSH Development of credible accounting methods for all carbon dioxide emissions attributable to fresh and finished concrete is a marathon whose course tracks the Raw Materials, Transport,…

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Go Paperless

With an eye toward saving money and trees, and cleaning the sky, BCMI’s Craig Yeack discusses in a Q&A how concrete producers can improve operations—and the environment—through a digital “quote-to-cash” workflow BY VIKKI SICARAS Craig Yeack is president and co-founder of BCMI Corp., an industry-based technology provider that offers a platform of cloud-based, mobile software tools and apps for the…

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Brooklyn Belts

By Don Marsh New ready mixed concrete plants bordering the top two U.S. population centers’ urban cores have common threads: Remediated brownfield siting; twin alley, transit mixed design; 350-450 yd./hour, new capacity ratings absent their city limits for generations; and, proximity (< 5 miles) to new reinforced concrete buildings reaching local- or national-record heights thanks to mixes in the 10,000-plus…

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Balancing Act

A visit with 2021 NCMA Chairman Rocky Jenkins BY DON MARSH Rocky Jenkins’ career in manufactured concrete products was launched from a management trainee program in the house that Florida legend M.E. “Doc” Rinker built. That experience will serve Jenkins as the 2021 National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman. 

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Value Tested

RMC Research & Education Foundation books 30 years of cutting-edge programs to advance the concrete industry BY JULIE GARBINI In 1991, the RMC Research & Education Foundation was founded with a modest ambition: To fund the purchase of a million-pound testing machine at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) A.H. Smith Research Laboratory in College Park, Md. Industry leaders…

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