NPCA report tracks minor gain in 2012 precast shipments, better 2013 prospects

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

After several years of stagnation, the precast concrete industry is turning the corner in recovery from the Great Recession, with NPCA’s 2013 Benchmarking Report indicating 2 percent higher volume in 2012 over the prior year—coupled with a near-doubling of profit margins, from 2.5 percent to 4.9 percent.

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2012 World of Concrete CIM Auction pool: Deeper by the day

Sources: Concrete Industry Management Program/National Steering Committee

More than 130 concrete and cement producers, contractors and allied groups, plus plant and construction equipment suppliers, have donated to the seventh annual auction—January 25, World of Concrete day two—benefiting Concrete Industry Management degree programs at five colleges and universities.

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Mack, McNeilus polish 2012 CIM/World of Concrete Auction centerpiece

Sources: Concrete Industry Management, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The signature item for the seventh annual CIM auction at World of Concrete in Las Vegas is a Mack Truck model GU 813 equipped with a McNeilus 11-cu.-yd. concrete mixer donated by Mack Trucks, Inc. and McNeilus Co., a division of Oshkosh Truck.

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Abstracts needed for 2012 NRMCA Sustainability Conference

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

NRMCA is seeking abstracts for the 2012 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, scheduled for May 7-10 in Seattle at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The seventh annual conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction.

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