Master Builders engineering chief Nmai elected ACI president

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The American Concrete Institute has named Master Builders Solutions Admixtures US Head of Engineering Charles Nmai, FACI, president for a 2022-23 term. A 35-year veteran of the admixture market leader, he is involved in technology transfer/standards activities and specification efforts to advance the use of durable and sustainable solutions in the…

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Precast Show 2022: Elevated enthusiasm, record participation

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff The precast concrete industry was on full display March 3-5 in Kansas City, Mo., as record-setting attendee and exhibit numbers combined for an exciting and eventful Precast Show 2022. Registration exceeded 4,600 individuals, more than 90 percent of them experiencing 80,000-plus square feet of Kansas City Convention Center space harboring plant…

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ACI finalizes Orlando Concrete Convention agenda

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. Engineers, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and suppliers will muster at the ACI Concrete Convention in Orlando, March 27-31, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and practices. Technical and educational sessions will provide attendees with the latest research, case studies, best practices, and the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours. Select programming will also be…

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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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Concrete Industry Management Program marks 25 years

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee (NSC) members will formally celebrate the CIM Program’s 25th anniversary on October 26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The venue is near Middle Tennessee State University, which in 1996 launched the four-year CIM degree program, since expanded to California State…

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NCMA, ICPI Directors set membership vote on unification

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff After two years of discussion on closer cooperation between their organizations, the National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Boards have approved the scheduling of a vote on unification. A merger would require approval by a two-thirds majority of voting members from both…

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Marcotte Systems weighs the future of centralized batching

As information technology and batch plant improvements continue to usher concrete producers to new efficiency thresholds, control panel and dispatch software provider Marcotte Systems challenges the industry to imagine a ready mixed operation in which robust, high-performance programs enable each workpiece to direct itself through the appropriate production stations. Further, a concrete plant that instructs various autonomous materials handling carriers…

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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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It is Not a Driver Shortage

By Nate Tarbox For many years those of us in the ready-mix concrete industry have complained and struggled to fill open delivery driver positions. As recently as 2017, almost one-half of ready-mix producers reported lost business due to the shortage of drivers. Over three quarters of our industry’s producers have been actively hiring drivers in recent years. We have the…

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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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