PRODUCERS – September 2021

Minnesota-based Wells Concrete, one of the top North American operators in precast, prestressed, has promoted Phyllis Felsinger to senior vice president of Safety. She previously served as director of Safety for Spancrete, an old-line Wisconsin peer that Wells acquired in 2020, and will be responsible for company-wide leadership of employee safety programs, plus local, state or federal environmental regulation and…

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NRMCA Workforce survey: Drivers remain in high demand

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2021 Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey results show that delivery professional turnover is the primary reason why respondents report lost business during 2020. From five years of survey data, NRMCA estimates that ready mixed concrete production grew 9 percent year over year, while the…

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Coalition engages architecture students in Habitat candidate designs

The Build With Strength coalition is lining up with Habitat for Humanity International and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture behind the Habitat Design Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing. The program will challenge individuals or student teams to explore a variety of issues related to the use of concrete for a Habitat home. Along with baseline criteria, entries will…

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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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Solid market conditions amplify Texas producers’ return to normal

Speakers at the 67th annual Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association meeting, staged last month in San Antonio, offered 450-plus attendees a sampling of production, economic and demographic data well worth the price of admission.

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NSSGA veteran O’Neill-Kaumo named successor to ACPA chief Voigt

Laura O’Neill-Kaumo assumes the American Concrete Pavement Association president and chief executive officer posts this month, arriving from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington, D.C., where as chief operating officer she served engineers engaged in federal infrastructure work. Prior to ACEC, she was National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association senior vice president, charged with overseeing the government affairs agenda…

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Shifty petitioners fail to persuade EPA to lower pH 12.5 corrosivity level

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally denied a 2011 rulemaking petition that sought to “revise the regulatory threshold for defining waste as corrosive from the current value of pH 12.5, to pH 11.5; and expand the scope of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrosivity definition to include non-aqueous wastes in addition to the aqueous wastes currently regulated.” 

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ORGANIZATIONS – JUNE 2021

The ACI Foundation has established the Burg-Coleman Iowa State ‘77 Fellowship, funded by a $75,000 donation from American Concrete Institute Executive Vice President Ronald Burg and 2020-21 President Jeffrey Coleman. Both are 1977 graduates of Iowa State University College of Engineering: Coleman a master’s in structural engineering, following a degree in civil engineering the prior year; and Burg, a degree…

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PRODUCERS – June 2021

Anderson Concrete Corp., one of Ohio’s oldest and largest ready mixed concrete producers, has named Rod Jenkins as vice president of Production, following nine years as quality control manager. He has worn many hats within the organization, beginning as a driver in 1998 and soon moving to the plant department, where he climbed the ranks from laborer and operator to…

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Lawmakers reintroduce Disasters Savings and Resilient Construction Act

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is part of a broad coalition of building and construction materials associations, civil engineering and environmental advocacy interests, codes and standards organizations, and insurance underwriters that are supporting the reintroduction of legislation aimed at securing a tax credit to foster the construction of resilient residential and commercial buildings. The Disasters Savings and Resilient Construction…

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