Autocar completes construction chassis family with dump model

  Nearly two years after premiering the DC-64 series family with a mixer model at the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference, Autocar has added the DC-64D Dump. Assembled in Alabama and dubbed “Badass,” it joins the DC-64M and more recently introduced DC-64P, geared to concrete pumping.  Nearly two years after premiering the DC-64 series family with a mixer model at the NRMCA…

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Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association honors 12 plants in the 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards program. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee recognizes producers for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound workplace safety and pollution prevention practices. Now in its 26th year, the awards program salutes operators who surpass permit compliance requirements and demonstrate a commitment…

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NRMCA Workforce survey confirms driver retention challenges

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 mixer driver population held steady at about 75,000. Beginning in…

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Cole County, Thomas, Maschmeyer pros lead Mixer Driver Championship

Michael Twehus of Cole County Industries Inc., Jefferson City, Mo. prevailed in the 2021 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged last month as part of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association ConcreteWorks Conference in Kissimmee, Fla. Finishing first in a competition combining scores from truck driving challenge course, vehicle inspection test and written exam earned him a $5,000 cash prize from…

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NRMCA joins global effort targeting net-zero carbon emissions

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Build With Strength initiative have aligned with a global consortium of concrete and cement trade associations or organizations committing to a net-zero carbon dioxide emissions industry by 2050. Their action dovetails release of Global Cement and Concrete Association’s (GCCA) 2050 Cement & Concrete…

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Cole County Industries’ Twehus takes Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. Michael Twehus of Cole County Industries Inc., Jefferson City, Mo. prevailed over 66 peers in the 2021 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged October 2-3 as part of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association ConcreteWorks Conference in Kissimmee, Fla. Finishing first in a competition combining scores from a truck driving challenge…

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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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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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