NRMCA calls for Safety, Environmental Excellence Award entries

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting through month’s end nominations for its Annual Safety Award program, which acknowledges safe work practices’ significant contribution to the growth and success of a producer or the industry as a whole. With support from the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, the NRMCA Annual Safety Award is presented to an industry individual or company…

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Agency eclipses typical government pace with embodied carbon action

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration were set for center stage this year thanks to Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding and contract activity. Yet a sister agency with its $75 billion building and pavement contracting budget is stealing some of the thunder.  The General Services Administration is capturing attention with its Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Standards…

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NRMCA’s Digital Transformation

The association’s latest task group champions the latest advances in technology. By Craig Yeack Once upon a time, the winners and losers in our industry were separated mainly by one thing: pricing power. Be it through consolidation, vertical integration, or just being a superior operator, pricing power is an economic term that describes a company’s ability to raise prices without…

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IW EPD GWP: Ready mixed producers shrink carbon footprint by one-fifth

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association producer members have lowered their carbon footprint by 21 percent in seven years, according to a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report and Industry Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD). NRMCA has tracked environmental impacts—carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water use, and waste associated with ready mixed concrete production activities—since releasing an inaugural LCA in…

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Construction coalition counters project labor agreement scheme

The Associated Builders and Contractors, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and 13 other industry organizations—collectively representing tens of thousands of companies and millions of employees—oppose a recent White House move to require government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) on federal or federally assisted construction contracts. “We applaud the administration’s leadership to improve and build new roads, bridges, schools, affordable housing and…

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RMC Foundation studies rebar optimization in low-rise C-I-P walls

A new RMC Research & Education Foundation report states the case for engineers, practitioners and code officials to consider design loads versus prescriptive reinforcement requirements for concrete walls framing low-rise buildings in moderate or lower seismic zones.  “Simulation-based Investigation of the Performance of Low-rise Concrete Walls with Low Reinforcement Ratios” covers RMC Foundation-funded research at the University of Washington. Department…

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Integral dx calculates optimal timing for Schwing Legacy Mixer debut

Minnesota-based Integral dx consummated the rollout of its namesake series mixer truck and component line at World of Concrete 2022. A Las Vegas Convention Center booth featuring two mixers and a drum extended an official market introduction that kicked off during the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2021 ConcreteWorks Expo.  Integral dx is initially focusing on Conventional Series II and…

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Well Governed

A visit with 2022 NRMCA Chairman John Holliday The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association annual convention in San Antonio this month will build on momentum from the fall 2021 ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, the group’s first major in-person gathering in 18 months. Incoming Chairman John F. Holliday, chief executive officer and third generation principal of Holliday Rock Co., is set…

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Construction coalition counters project labor agreement scheme

Sources: Associate Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Associated Builders and Contractors, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and 12 other industry organizations—collectively representing tens of thousands of companies and millions of employees—oppose a recent White House move to require government-mandated project labor agreements (PLA) on federal or federally assisted construction contracts. “We…

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CarbonBuilt shoulders Habitat for Humanity home, builds out C-suite

BY DON MARSH Los Angeles-based CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide utilization method proven in manufactured concrete, joined Cemex USA, the National Concrete Masonry Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Alabama Concrete Industries Association in the late-2021 dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa (Ala.) home. Crews built the clay brick veneer-clad, single-story residence with concrete block from a…

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