Work ethic takes center stage

We reflect this month on 2024 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association convention notables: Committee awards and Chairman Nathan McKean’s enthusiastic industry view. Here, we extend the Florida gathering’s salutes to NRMCA Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance Gary Mullings, who has retired from day-to-day duty after 50-plus years with the organization. Luckily, he continues as a consultant, primarily assisting the…

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NRMCA veteran Maher joins CIM as interim executive director

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff 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 assumes the interim executive director post after serving as NSC secretary/treasurer since 2013; succeeds Dr. Rex Cottle, who has led the NSC…

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Front Line Excellence

The 28th Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding team players. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee tasked a panel of judges to weigh nominees’ competence, driving skills, professionalism, safety records, and colleague or customer testimonials. The NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau will…

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BMC Enterprises’ McKean elected NRMCA chairman

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has elected Nathan McKean as 2024 chairman, succeeding Adam Manatt of Iowa-based Manatt’s Inc. McKean is a strategic advisor to BMC Enterprises Inc., a St. Louis-based ready mixed, precast and aggregate producer where he served as chief executive officer for two decades, leading into the March…

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NRMCA Concrete Innovations Awards

Now in its second year, the program recognizes outstanding achievement in concrete design and construction. Early this month, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association selected the winners of the 2024 NRMCA Concrete Innovations Awards. Ten projects demonstrate outstanding achievements in performance even as they lower environmental impacts, such as embodied and operational carbon footprints. To help you fully understand the…

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BMC Enterprises becomes U.S. gateway for U.K. operator Breedon

Sources: Breedon Group Plc, Derby, United Kingdom; CP staff London Stock Exchange-traded aggregate, cement, concrete and masonry producer Breedon Group plans an early-March closing of a $300 million deal for St. Louis-based BMC Enterprises Inc. The transaction affords the suitor a North American market platform with 44 ready mixed concrete and five precast plants, plus five crushed stone and seven…

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Concrete, composites, steel and wood stakeholders pen Utility Pole PCR

Sources: American Composites Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Va.; CP staff Cambridge, Mass.-based Product Category Rule program operator Sustainable Minds LLC has published the Utility Pole PCR, providing a life cycle assessment applicable to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for concrete, composite, steel or wood power distribution structures. The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) initiated development of the document through a committee with…

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Survey confirms wood vs. concrete multifamily building insurance differences

Sources: Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In a follow up to an initial 2017 study, the Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association quantify the expected underwriting cost differences between combustible versus noncombustible construction in their 2024 Survey of Insurance Costs for Multifamily Buildings Constructed with Wood-frame and Concrete. The…

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NRMCA honors Dickinson RM, Superior/VCNA, Chaney delivery professionals

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff  The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named Richard Fulda of North Dakota-based Dickinson Ready Mix as the 2024 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year. A panel of industry judges selected him from a near record number of NRMCA producer member-nominated candidates. Judges recognize Fulda for his…

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A brief history of Environmental Product Declarations and the arrival of EPD 3.0

Increasing demand for low carbon concrete, transparency, and digitization are driving a radical transformation in how EPDs are developed and used.  Industry demand for low carbon concrete and the critical need to measure reduced carbon metrics are driving radical change in the concrete industry, which increases monthly with new legislation, investor and commercial demand influencing construction materials production and specifications.…

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