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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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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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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Organizations – January 2024

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Senior Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Kevin Walgenbach, has been named executive vice president, Operations and Compliance, effective this month. Over a 17-year tenure, he has played a key role in conducting educational training for NRMCA members, including organizing regional seminars and workshops along with the Plant Manager, Safety, Dispatcher and Environmental courses. He…

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ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2023 Environmental Excellence Awards program honors nine plants. Now in its 28th year, the program offers producer members national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound environmental management practices. It salutes operators that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance requirements and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through…

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Instrumental Workhorse

The past decade’s top two mergers in North American cement, aggregate and concrete—Lafarge Group + Holcim Ltd. and HeidelbergCement AG + Italcementi S.p.A.—have spurred realignment of markets up the Atlantic Seaboard, across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi. Of all the markets those deals and their asset divestitures impacted, none stands out quite like Toronto, where a case study…

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CPC, Maschmeyer, Miles S&G pros lead Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff Jason Erickson, based at CPC Materials’ Arlington, Wash. plant, won the 2023 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged October 1 in Nashville as part of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association ConcreteWorks Conference. Taking the stage at a jam-packed Gaylord Opryland Resort ballroom, he praised his 101 peers in the competition,…

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NRMCA names Excellence in Quality Award recipients

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2023 Excellence in Quality Awards program honors 21 producer members. Award recipients have demonstrated that they follow and exceed quality management and customer service principles over a broad range of activities, from materials and production facility management to concrete quality control. NRMCA will recognize these producers…

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Materials interests embrace IIJA Buy America clarification, exclusions

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff Materials anchoring the supply chain behind Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)-funded building or nonbuilding construction projects have explicit exclusions to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-issued Build America, Buy America (BABA) sourcing requirements. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel…

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