Balancing Act

A visit with 2021 NCMA Chairman Rocky Jenkins BY DON MARSH Rocky Jenkins’ career in manufactured concrete products was launched from a management trainee program in the house that Florida legend M.E. “Doc” Rinker built. That experience will serve Jenkins as the 2021 National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman. 

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Producer, exhibitor enthusiasm frames Precast Show success

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center marked the return of major tradeshows after more than a year of Covid-19 related encumbrances, hosting The Precast Show 2021 in late May. With more than 2,500 attendees from National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute producer and associate member ranks, the event marked one of the largest tradeshows the conventions…

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Northeast Prestressed Products chief oversees a welcome PCI reunion

Taking stock of late-May events that drew 500-plus members to New Orleans and ushered a return of business activity at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 2021 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman Dennis Fink (Northeast Prestressed) observes, “It felt good to reunite with my PCI family and attend the PCI Convention and The Precast Show. We quickly put the last year…

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World of Concrete: Face-to-face interaction roars back

Although subdued compared to its normal January volume of booths, exhibit space and attendees, World of Concrete concluded three upbeat days last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center—likely the North American construction industry’s largest 2021 gathering, as well as a strong affirmation of interest in live, business-to-business functions.

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Northeast Prestressed chief takes stock of PCI Convention success

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff Reflecting on a late-May program that drew 500-plus members to New Orleans and ushered a return of Ernest N. Morial Convention Center business activity, 2021 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman Dennis Fink (Northeast Prestressed) observes, “It felt good to reunite with my PCI family and attend the PCI Convention and The Precast Show. We…

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Optimism Mile High at The Precast Show 2018

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association; CP staff

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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NPCA opens Sustainability Awards call for entries

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

NPCA is accepting 2018 Sustainability Awards submissions in two producer and two associate member categories, respectively: Best Project and Best Company/Plant; Best Product and Best Company/Plant. Each category will have one winner; other approved entries will receive honorable mention. Graphics profiling all approved entries will be prominently displayed at The Precast Show 2018, February 22-24 in Denver, and featured at www.precast.org and in upcoming NPCA periodicals.

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PCI opens call for 55th Annual Design Award entries

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

PCI is accepting entries for its 2018 PCI Design Awards through September 18. The program recognizes design excellence, innovation, and construction quality using precast concrete. All winning projects will be showcased at the 2018 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference at The Precast Show in March 2018, and included in a summary article of PCI Journal, Aspire, and Ascent magazines.

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Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads.

Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

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