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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Foundation, NRMCA ease research proposal referral process

Source: RMC Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va. The RMC Foundation is collaborating with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and its Research, Engineering & Standards Committee (RES) on identification of industry research needs and referral of proposals for potential funding. Members of an RES task group, chaired by Bruce Blair, president of Consumers Concrete in Kalamazoo, Mich., have developed…

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Concrete Product Category Rule factors new cement data

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In collaboration with the Product Category Rule (PCR) Committee, Michigan auditor NSF International has revised the Concrete PCR to include new life cycle inventory data sources. The revisions inform individual plant or producer, or industry average, environmental product declarations (EPD) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete. 

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ASTM C09 revises C94 batch water accuracy target

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  A revision reflected in the forthcoming ASTM C94/94M-21a, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete eases batch water volume verification during the batching process. It requires water to be batched to an accuracy of ±1.5 percent of the target batch water versus two existing accuracy thresholds: batch water to ±1 percent of total mixing…

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EPA affirms pH 12.5 corrosivity; averts new cement, concrete handling burdens

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff 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…

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National Mixer Driver Championship registration opens

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting National Mixer Driver Championship registrations through August 13. Part written exam, part vehicle inspection and part driving course negotiation, the October 1-3 championship will be the centerpiece of the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference, September 30-October 4 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee,…

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State DOT spec recognizes mixer truck option for FDR cement slurry hauling

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association credits a prospective fleet utilization opportunity for members to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s adoption of a Full-Depth Reclamation specification allowing mixer truck delivery of cement slurry. A rapidly growing practice among pavement engineers, FDR entails blending of cement…

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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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PCA revises three Industry-Wide EPD, inaugurates Portland-Limestone declaration

New Industry-Wide Environment Product Declarations (IW-EPD) for Portland Cement, Portland-Limestone Cement, Blended Hydraulic Cement and Masonry Cement offer private and public construction interests an exhaustive profile of material, fuel and energy factors attending production of the key ingredient in concrete, grout and mortar. The documents inform updates to companion EPDs that ready mixed and manufactured concrete producers, along with bulk…

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Fire safety-minded city council members embrace better building practices

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-chartered Build with Strength Coalition reports progress among its Los Angeles allies in promoting safe construction methods. Los Angeles City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez led the Public Safety Committee in advancing a motion that would ultimately enact an ordinance mandating fire life safety building practices. The action followed preliminary measures her colleagues initiated in 2019 and…

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