Texas market veteran Szecsy takes the helm at Big Town Concrete

Sources: Big Town Concrete, Irving, Texas; CP staff One of the best traveled executives and experts in Texas concrete production and broader technical circles has been named chief executive officer of Big Town Concrete, a ready mixed producer with Dallas and Fort Worth plants. Richard Szecsy, P.E., PhD arrives at the independent producer with 25-plus years in management, operations, safety,…

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Organizations – June 2024

The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program has appointed former National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chief Operating Officer Nicole Maher as interim executive director, effective this month. She succeeds Dr. Rex Cottle, who has led the NSC since July 2022, and arrives with a wealth of experience and impressive track record of leadership, including 11 years in…

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ACI schedules charter meeting for Committee 243, Seawater Concrete

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. The American Concrete Institute has formed a committee whose mission is to develop and report information on concrete made with brackish, saline, and brine water and sea aggregates. The inaugural ACI Committee 243, Seawater Concrete meeting will be November 3 at the ACI Concrete Convention in Philadelphia. The committee formation “is another critical…

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A Sustainable Future

By Josephine Patterson A visit with 2024 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chair Jim Fabinski With 30 years of experience in the precast concrete industry, Jim Fabinksi, vice president and general manager of EnCon United, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his leadership role as Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute chair. In fact, he has been involved with the institute for two…

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Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute reflects on a century of impact

The 2024 World of Concrete provided the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute a springboard for 100th anniversary observances. Founded in 1924 with priorities that included legal measures to ensure fabricator payments, CRSI has emerged as the trusted industry resource and standards development organization for steel reinforcement, specifically rebar, in concrete construction. Since its inception, the Institute has continually built upon partnerships…

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Nmai, Khan anchor Master Builders Solutions Sustainability Group

Master Builders Solutions has formed a Concrete Sustainability Group aimed at positioning the admixture giant as a go-to knowledge provider for low embodied carbon concrete. The group will focus on fostering effective collaboration among architects, engineers, producers, and contractors to ensure successful outcomes of projects with low-embodied carbon concrete requirements. The company has tapped Director of Sustainability Dr. Charles Nmai,…

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ACI spotlights Low-Carbon Concrete Code at global climate conference

Sources: NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff  American Concrete Institute and NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete previewed ACI 323, Low-Carbon Concrete Code at (Conference of Parties) COP28, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-hosted meeting in Dubai. The soon-to-be-released document was the subject of an…

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EPA, Commerce, Energy, FHWA officials empower Carbon Neutral Summit

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Federal Highway Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology representatives offered and compiled takeaways as participants in the first Summit on Accelerating Carbon Neutral Concrete Materials and Technologies. NEU: An American Concrete Institute Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete hosted the early-fall event to engage public and private construction stakeholders…

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NPCA names public and private sector-minted executive as new chief

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff The National Precast Concrete Association has appointed Nick Rhoad as president and chief executive officer, effective December 1. He will arrive with 20-plus years of experience in association management, state government roles and private sector economic development work. Rhoad was most recently chief executive officer of the Association of Real Estate…

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ACI 302, ASCC survey stakeholders on portland-limestone cement mixes

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff American Concrete Institute Committee 302, Construction of Concrete Floors, and the American Society of Concrete Contractors are inviting practitioners to share their experiences placing and finishing mixes bearing ASTM C595, Type IL portland-limestone cement (PLC). Their 15-question survey, posted here, launches as cement producers rapidly roll out Type IL—typically ground clinker plus…

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