Argos, CalPortland, Thomas lead NRMCA Quality Awards

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA will honor 20 producer members earning 2018 Excellence in Quality Awards during an October 1 luncheon capping the ConcreteWorks conference in National Harbor, Md. Recipients demonstrate how they abide and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities—from program commitment, materials and production facility management to product quality control and maintaining high customer satisfaction levels.

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American Cement, CalPortland, Lehigh plants join Energy Star Industrial roster

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

American Cement Co., CalPortland Co. and Texas Lehigh Cement Co. mills in Florida, California and Texas are among 15 plants earning EPA Energy Star Industrial Program certification for the first time in 2017. Of 93 Industrial facilities certified last year, 25 mill portland cement.

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NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes sound operating practices and outstanding contributions to protecting the environment. Now in its 22nd year, it salutes producer members that have surpassed governmental compliance requirements and demonstrated environmental commitment through plant and staff investment.

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2017

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Convening in Chicago for its Fall Congress, Portland Cement Association announced recipients of the 2017 John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards. Named for PCA’s president from 1986–2007, they honor individuals in three categories who have exhibited leadership in association activities tied to member company objectives and operations:

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PCA Board appoints COO Ireland to succeed CEO Toscas

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

PCA Chief Operating Officer Michael Ireland has been named chief executive officer and director. He has served as interim CEO since the late-August departure of his predecessor, James Toscas, and takes the helm after arriving at the association in January.

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Teamsters leverage Seattle market strength in contract settling CalPortland strike

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Members of Teamsters Local 174 in Tukwila, Wash., approved a four-year contract last month with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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Seattle Teamsters bask in contract settling disruptive CalPortland strike

Sources: Teamsters Local 174, Tukwila, Wash.; CP staff

Teamsters Local 174 rank & file have approved a four-year contract with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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CalPortland approaches $100M in Energy Star-rooted savings

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

A 1.1 percent energy intensity reduction across ready mixed concrete, cement and aggregate operations, totaling $682,000 in savings, has netted CalPortland the 2017 EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Efficiencies attained in 2016 bring the West Coast producer to 15.6 percent energy intensity reduction and $96 million cumulative savings since 2003. 

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CalPortland’s Hamblen, Continental’s Beck top 2017 PCA officer slate

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CalPortland Co. CEO Allen Hamblen and Continental Cement Co. President Tom Beck have been elected 2017 chairman and vice chairman of the Portland Cement Association Board of Directors. Hamblen succeeds LafargeHolcim, U.S. Cement CEO John Stull, crediting his “leadership in guiding strategic initiatives that reflect industry priorities.”

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