Experienced-candidate dearth remains top mixer driver recruiting hitch

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Ready mixed producers participating in the 2016 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey list availability of commercially-licensed drivers with concrete delivery experience as their top hiring challenge; just over half report turning down business due to a lack of qualified staff to operate their fleets.

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NPCA projects 6 percent growth in 2014 precast shipments

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, NPCA projects U.S. producers’ shipments increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Task group expedites NCMA plant certification program launch

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff NCMA’s Production Technology and Operations Committee has formed a Plant Certification Program Task Group to oversee guidelines and implementation of a voluntary program for block and paver producers, scheduled for January 2015 rollout. Staff liaison for the program and task group is NCMA Production Specialist Mike Maroney, 571/224-0937, [email protected].

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