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Between CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show years, get CONEXPO-CON/AGG Education Sessions at ConcreteWorks: The education experts  at NRMCA collaborate with CONEXPO-CON/AGG to provide a quality, ready-mixed concrete-specific platform for learning every year – whether it’s at CONEXPO-CON/AGG or ConcreteWorks.

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24-Volt Wiring for Batch Plants

Monday, 3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Speaker:  John Rabchuk, Systech, Inc.

What are the advantages of running batch plant controls and accessories on 24-volt DC versus 120-volt AC current?  There are plenty, including improved safety, reduced maintenance, lightning-damage resistance and more.


Accident Investigation Techniques

Monday, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Speakers:  Thomas Quinn & Kyle West, Indiana State Police

Hi-tech and low-tech, hear how the Indiana State Police investigate accidents along with all the tools of the trade. Pick up tips you can use with your fleet.


Accounting and Tax Update:  An Overview of Fast-Paced Changes in Accounting Pronouncements and Tax Laws Impacting the Ready Mix Producer

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speaker:  Mike Pottratz, KPMG LLP

Do you present your financial statements to stockholders or lenders? Come hear how recent Financial Accounting Standard Board pronouncements and the convergence of International and US accounting standards will affect your bottom line.  Learn about the opportunities and potential pitfalls presented through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other recent tax law changes to the Ready Mix Producer.


Aggregate Industries Approach to Environmental Management Systems
and Green-Star

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Speaker:  Joel Nickel, Aggregate Industries

Hear from one of the leading concrete producers with a proactive environmental management system. Aggregate Industries has integrated their EMS into an operating culture. Many of Aggregate Industries EMS elements mirror the NRMCA Green-Star Program.


Biggest Loser, Part 3

Monday, 3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


This session is packed with the data about wellness programs that one ready mixed concrete producer used.  This is now a mature wellness program running for over 3 years.  Learn about both the pros and cons about the wellness program of this producer.


Carroll Concrete Safety Point System

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speaker:  Victoria Tyminski, Carrol Concrete Co.

This final OES-specific seminar may be the best of all. Hear how a concrete producer was able to lower incident rates and raise morale.


Central Valley Water Discharge Requirements

Monday, 3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Speaker:  Steve Azevedo, Knife River Corporation

Hear how a group of ready mixed producers engaged in productive dialogue with a state agency that demanded impossible water run-off controls.


Compressed Natural Gas Engines in Truck Mixers

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Speakers:  Terry Green, US Concrete and Paul Moore, CalPortland Co.

How does a regular diesel engine modified to burn CNG work in a truck mixer?  Find out from a producer who demo-ed a prototype machine.  Capturing enough government rebate and incentive dollars to justify the costs of operating a CNG fleet will also be discussed.


Concrete for Durable Infrastructure

Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Speaker:  Jason Weiss, Purdue University

This session will cover the fundamental concepts to understand the durability of concrete in a variety of service conditions. The presentations will include requirements in codes and specifications pertinent to durability and discuss case studies.


Concrete Whitetopping Overlays for Asphalt Parking Lots

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker:  Jon Hansen, NRMCA

PCA estimates that parking lot new construction is a 90 million cubic yard ready mixed concrete opportunity every year — and the consensus is that the reconstruction parking lot opportunity is several times that large. Whitetopping is a key application to get a portion of that reconstruction market. Attending this session is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals about the application and how to promote and sell it.


The Environment in a Down Economy – Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speaker:  Douglas Ruhlin, Resource Management Associates

This seminar will focus on environmental issues confronting the ready mixed concrete industry in a down economy from the business/management perspective.  It will include both those that present new and emerging challenges (enforcement, regulations, etc.), as well as those new emerging opportunities that cannot only help a concrete company survive the economic downturn, but also be ready to thrive when the economy turns around. This seminar will also cover those critical steps that concrete management should be doing now in order to move their company forward and set it apart from the competition.


Green Concrete for Performance

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Speakers:  Nancy Whiting, Purdue University and Karthik Obla, NRMCA

This session will discuss the options for using recycled materials and mixture optimizing for proportioning concrete mixtures for performance and to support sustainable development. It will address the impact of materials on concrete properties and criteria in codes and specifications.


Green-Star:  Strategies for effective Implementation

Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Speaker:  Ryan Sewell, Redi-Mix Inc., A US Concrete Company

More than a dozen plants are now nationally certified, learn what these cutting edge ready mixed concrete facilities have accomplished. You may decide it’s time to certify your plant.


Indiana InSafe Program

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Speaker:  Sean Keefer, Indiana Department of Labor

A joint presentation by Indiana OSHA and the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association on how the ready mixed concrete industry is working with Indiana OSHA proactively to eliminate and reduce occupational injuries. Will this work in your state?


Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)

Monday, 3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Speaker:  John Hulbert, Ernst Enterprises

Come and listen to how one ready mixed concrete producer used Job Hazard Analysis to analyze tasks at a ready mixed concrete plant to eliminate and reduce occupational injuries.  Safety professionals and managers of all disciplines should not miss this presentation on breaking down a job into individual tasks and minimizing employee potential to injury.


Labor and Employment Law Update: Timely Topics, Tough Times

Monday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speakers:  Ryan Poor and Mike Boldt, ICE MILLER, LLP

This session will hit on the current legal issues of most importance to your business, including: legislative updates and coverage of passed, pending and potential legislation and its impact on you (including the EFCA); collective bargaining in difficult times (to reopen or not to reopen); and "what in the world is happening with my pension plan?"


Managing Diesel Emissions Requirements

Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Speaker:  Paul Moore, CalPortland Company

Strict air pollution guidelines in California are impacting more than just cars and trucks.  Hear from a large construction materials firm manager about what they are going to have to do to keep their fleet of vehicles in compliance over the next several years.


Minimizing Maintenance Costs in a Down Economy

Monday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Speaker:  Greg Elliott, Wear Products, Inc.

A thorough analysis of a ready mixed plant’s wear areas and material waste and spillage is always a good idea.  Following up with a targeted action plan could save a lot of money, and no time is better to do this than when concrete production is slow.


No Water Mixer Washout

Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Speaker:  Mike Taylor, Lafarge NA

Hear from a California producer who was not going to be able to renew his plants operating permits if he didn’t get creative with his water management.


Pervious Concrete Value: Eye of the Beholder

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speaker:  Matthew Offenberger, Grace Construction Products

Pervious concrete’s fundamental appeal is its stormwater mitigation ability, but different audiences have different reasons for valuing this attribute. This session focuses on why pervious concrete is so valuable to different audiences and how this knowledge can be taken into account to help make the sale.


Promoting and Selling Concrete Parking Lots

Monday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speakers:  Jon Hansen and Phil Kresge, NRMCA

This session focuses on the practical information and techniques needed to successfully win new concrete parking lot business and parking lot reconstruction projects. Learn from experts who will share their knowledge and experience and also provide an understanding of the outstanding tools available to promote and sell concrete parking lots.


Promoting Green Concrete: What You Need to Know About LEED 2009

Monday, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

Speaker:  Doug O'Neill, NRMCA

The LEED rating system is driving environmental construction awareness and practices across North America.  This session recaps the basics about LEED 2009 and the green construction trends gaining momentum.


Promotion/Sales Lunchtime Roundtable Topics  

Monday, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Speakers:  Amy Miller and Jon Hansen, NRMCA

Topic experts lead open discussions with attendees on subjects such as those listed below. Two sets of discussions will be conducted— with dessert and coffee, attendees are invited to change tables for a second topic. Space is limited (reservations will be accepted in advance).

-  Reflections on Promoting the Benefits of Concrete Albedo

-  Measuring Promotion Results

-  Making the Grade: Promoting Concrete for Smart Schools

-  If Four Inch Pavement is Good, Is Five Inches Better?


Re-Creting Your Way to Increased Profits

Monday, 3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Speaker:  Erin Christie, Ready Mix USA, Inc.

How about making some money on returned concrete…what a concept!  Let’s take a look at how one large southeast producer “re-cretes”!


The Results of the 2009 NRMCA Industry Data Survey... and an Outlook for the Recovery

Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Speakers:  William Allen and Pierre Villere, Allen-Villere Partners; Michael Olivarri, NRMCA

This session will review the results of the NRMCA 2009 Industry Data Survey with actual 2008 data.  The discussion will include a review of the most significant changes from the 2008 survey, and will once again project the results for the current year.  This session will cover the trends of critical sales and cost data over the last few years, along with key metrics for productivity and financial sensitivity analyses, a review of financial data in the current lower volume environment, and tips on how to deal with smaller jobs and longer distances.


Return-to-Work Program

Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Speaker:  Tim Kauzlick, Cemex, Inc.

This session will cover how one ready mixed concrete producer gets employees back to work after an occupational injury.  A must-see for anyone dealing with workers compensation.


State of the Art Techniques for Measuring Sustainability 
Monday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speakers:  Lionel Lemay and Erin Ashley, NRMCA

This session will discuss several key methods for measuring sustainability of structures and building materials. Environmental Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Footprinting will be presented. Test methods and calculations used in green building rating systems, including LEED, will be discussed.


State of the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry

Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Robert A. Garbini, P.E., NRMCA

The economy and other factors have converged to change the business of business now and moving forward.  How has government’s deepening involvement in business changed our marketplace?  Will the trend of consolidation continue, stabilize, or begin to unravel, and what will that mean for our industry? What kind of impact has our industry seen from the Federal stimulus package, and what might yet be coming our way as sustainability increases in importance?  NRMCA’s President Robert Garbini will give his insights of where the industry and NRMCA are, and where we can go if we face our challenges head-on and embrace the opportunities presented to us.


Sustainability Initiatives and Plant Guidelines

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Speakers:  Rodney Grogan, MMC Materials Inc. and Bill Twitty, Cemex, Inc.

Hear from the industry leaders on concrete’s role in construction sustainability initiatives and on the new guidelines for sustainable ready mixed concrete plants.


Wear Products for Truck Mixers

Monday, 3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Speaker:  Greg Elliott, Wear Products, Inc.

Why are liner systems for wearing surfaces readily accepted throughout ready mixed plants, but not on truck mixers?  Find out how and why this trend may be changing from a concrete producer who runs mixers in a region of the country with very harsh aggregates.


Weathering the Storm AND Preparing for Calmer Seas

Monday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speaker:  Brian Moore, FMI Corporation

It's been a rough year to say the least.  "Batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm" was good advice, a year or two ago.  But what do you do now that you're in the middle (or hopefully near the end) of rough seas?  This session will give you a five point plan which will help you focus on the basics of managing your business in tough times, as well as the good times that are inevitably going to return. 


Wellness Programs

Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Speaker:  Jane Ellery, Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology

Is the health of your employees costing you money?  You bet it is! A wellness expert will discuss the benefits of implementing a company wellness program along with the associated cost savings.


What Works in Concrete Promotion & Sales

Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Speaker:  Dan Huffman, NRMCA

This session features a series of short presentations by attendees about eye-opening promotion and sales successes with an explanation about the keys to that success. What Works was the most popular session year after year at the Professional Promoters Workshop


Winning the Project: It’s a Team Sport

Monday, 3:35 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Jason Kruger, PCA North Central Cement Council

Just as successful construction projects depend on the teamwork and integration of various specialties, winning projects in the first place is more likely when sales people, promoters, contractors and designers work together—to the benefit of all. This session focuses on strategies to gain cooperation and approaches for making the most of it.



For more information, contact Jessica Moore at
888-846-7622 x1152, or jmoore@nrmca.org


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