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This Week in the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry for September 26, 2016

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

Buildings

Study Seeks to Better Understand How Companies Manage Supply Chains

EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) have collaborated with the UN Global Compact on a study to better understand how companies are managing their supply chains in ways that support the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Learn More...

 

    WAM USA, 
Inc.       Putzmeister America, 
Inc.

 

Engineering

CP Tech Announces Series of Fall Webinars

The following three CP Tech Webinars will be offered on the dates listed below. They are open to all at no cost, but pre-registration is necessary in order to receive your login link.

Learn More...

 

Government Affairs

NRMCA Advocacy News Roundup Updated Through September 23

Media articles on Congress, transportation infrastructure, regulation, taxes and other subjects, each of which relate to the ready mixed concrete industry, are updated each week by NRMCA's Government Affairs staff. Click here to access the most recent compilation of articles for September 19 - 23, 2016.

 

If you would like to receive this weekly updated link in a separate e-mail, or if you have questions or comments about the roundup, contact NRMCA’s Jill Landry at jlandry@nrmca.org.\

 

OES

Arkansas Man Takes Top Honors at NRMCA Driver Championship in Nashville

Sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, NRMCA’s 11th Annual National Mixer Driver Championship was held on Sunday, September 18, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, during NRMCA’s annual ConcretWorks event. Some 83 drivers competed for the title "Best of the Best," including state rodeo champions as well as NRMCA member company champions from around the nation.

 

The winners of the competition were announced at the Monday Night Awards Dinner at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, with Chris Harrison of Mobley Concrete Company, Russellville, AR, (image on right) earning this year’s grand prize.

 

Just prior to the award presentations, a musical presentation of championship competition highlights was shown to the enthusiastic audience (click here to watch the video).

 

Department of Labor Finalizes Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice announcing that effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate for covered workers under federal contractors would increase to $10.20 per hour. This new rate would apply "to workers performing work on or in connection with Federal contracts". The federal contractor minimum wage increase is in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13658 from February 12, 2014 raising the wage in 2015 and dictating that DOL, at its discretion, raise the rate again "annually thereafter."

 

Click here to review the DOL notice. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

 

Registration Now Open for Environmental Course Set for Late November in Florida

Registration is now open for this year’s Environmental Certification Course to be held in Orlando, FL, November 29 – December 1. Course attendees will be educated on industry-specific environmental issues that affect ready mixed concrete production, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Solids Management, Hazardous Materials, Dust Control, Recycling, Spill Prevention Plans, Air Quality Management, Noise Management, Environmental Auditing and much more.

 

Those who should attend include plant managers, environmental managers, compliance managers, executives or anyone with fiscal and/or environmental responsibilities that should know the details concerning your company’s responsibilities when it comes to EPA regulations, the Clean Water Act, Discharge Permits, Stormwater Management and numerous other critical environmental matters.

 

Click here for more information and registration options. You may also contact Gary Mullings or Jessica Walgenbach.

 

Association & Industry News

Ready Mixed Concrete Production Statistics Updated Through July 2016

The preliminary estimate of ready mixed concrete produced in June 2016 is 30 million cubic yards, 12.7% lower than that in July 2015. The estimated production through June is 191 million cubic yards, 3.7% higher than that during the same period in 2015.

 

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. Additional details, including quarterly production by state, is available here for NRMCA members.

 

Kenworth Truck Company to Offer Rebates to NRMCA Members

Kenworth Truck Company is the newest NRMCA associate member to offer NRMCA members a $1,000 rebate on the purchase of a new or dealer stock unit truck. As part of a growing list of associate members becoming Member to Member (M2M) Benefits Program participants, Kenworth, which has been manufacturing custom-engineered trucks since 1923, is offering rebates on eligible models, including Kenworth T880, W900 and T440/T470. Truck orders must retail by the end of 2016; the limit for a single customer will be five trucks per year. This rebate cannot be combined with any other Kenworth rebate or incentive offer.

 

To qualify for this rebate, the registered owner of the truck must have become an NRMCA member prior to the vehicle retail date. Paperwork must be submitted to NRMCA within 30 days of retail delivery. All requests must be submitted by January 31, 2017. Rebates will be mailed directly to the name on the warranty registration and they will be processed 4 to 6 weeks after membership confirmation/submission. 

 

Click here for more information or contact Jacques Jenkins at 240- 485-1165 or jjenkins@nrmca.org.

 

    BASF Construction Chemicals       True Dispatch

 

Pavement

Urban Planners Learn About Pervious Concrete

NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge was a featured presenter at the Hudson Valley ReLeaf 2016 Urban Forestry Workshop. Sponsored by Orange County Planning, Hudson Valley ReLeaf, NYSDEC Urban Forestry, NYS Urban Forestry Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, the workshop was held at the State University of New York (SUNY) Orange campus in Newburgh.

 

Kresge’s presentation on Designing and Specifying Pervious Concrete was very well received by the group, which included landscapers, arborists and municipal planners from throughout the lower Hudson Valley region. He particularly focused on the importance of proper specifications, installation and maintenance of pervious concrete pavement. Several of the individuals expressed interest in pursuing utilizing pervious concrete in their streetscape projects.

 

For more information, contact Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.

 

Parking Lot Boot Camp at Contractor Convention Draws Large Attendance

A condensed version of the popular NRMCA Parking Lot Boot Camp drew 30 attendees to the one-day session held last week at the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) annual convention in Minneapolis. Contractors from both coasts and border to border learned the process of building their businesses in parking lot paving applications. As one contractor commented at the end of the day, "I was only going to sit in on the morning session and attend something else in the afternoon, but this was so good I decided to come back to get all the information."

 

Parking Lot Boot Camp at the conference was conducted by NRMCA’s Jon Hansen, senior vice president, local paving, and Phil Kresge, vice president, local paving.

 

For more information about hosting a Parking Lot Boot Camp for your company contact Jon Hansen at jhansen@nrmca.org or any member of the local paving team.

 

    McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, 
Inc.       The Euclid Chemical Company

 

Education & Training

October Webinar Focuses on How to Identify Top Sales Performers and Wrong Hires

On Tuesday, October 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, will conduct its third of four annual Webinars specifically for industry sales managers. In this 90-minute Webinar, learn how to spot potential top sales performers and how to identify the warning signs of a possible "wrong hire." What you will learn:

 

• Interviewing Basics – how to conduct a sales interview

• Ready mixed concrete industry top performer indicators and warning signs

• The "20 Power Questions" – why making s successful hire is about asking the right questions

• Closing the Deal

 

Click here to register. For more information, call 240-485-1152 or e-mail meetings@nrmca.org.

 

    McInnis USA, 
Inc.       Xypex Chemical Corp    

   

Calendar

A Look Ahead

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

 

October 4 - 7, Silver Spring, MD

CCSP Module I: Concrete 101

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

October 11, Webinar

Recruiting & Hiring Top Performing Ready Mix Sales Reps

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

October 11 - 13, Indianapolis

NRMCA Safety Course

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

October 12 - 14, Online Class 

Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

November 7 - 11, Linthicum, MD

Annual "Short Course"

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

November 29 - December 1, Orlando, FL

Environmental Course

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

December 6, Webinar 

Sales Performance Assessments and Reviews...for Ready Mix Sales Managers

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

December 6 - 8, Silver Spring, MD

CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

December 13 - 16, Anaheim, CA

Plant Manager Certification Course

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

    Continental Mixers       CarbonCure Technologies Inc. 

 

2017

 

January 10 - 12, Orlando, FL

NRMCA Dispatcher Training Forum

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

January 18, Sacramento, CA

Improving Concrete Quality

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

January 19, Ontario, CA

Improving Concrete Quality

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

January 24 - 26, Silver Spring, MD

CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

January 24 - 27, Kansas City, MO

Plant Manager Certification Course

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

March 4 - 6, Las Vegas, NV

Annual Convention

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 

March 21 - 23, Silver Spring, MD

CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills

Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

 


 

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