Concrete Products

MAR 2016

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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36 • March 2016 www.concreteproducts.com BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS The National Association of Home Builders has elected 2016 officers, led by Bloomington, Ill., builder and developer Ed Brady, chairman. One of central Illinois' longest standing home building firms, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, and delivered more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units, and 100,000-plus square feet of light commercial property. "Our focus in this critical election year is to ensure that housing remains an important national priority," says Brady. "NAHB will work with Congressional leaders on both sides of the political aisle and the eventual Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to pro- mote policies that encourage homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for all Americans." Joining him on this year's officer slate are First Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald, Kerrville, Texas, builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry; Second Vice Chair- man Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience; and, Third Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde, president of Torrington, Conn.-based T&M Building Co. Tom Woods of Blue Springs, Mo., is immediate past chairman. A global market intelligence provider with London, New York and Washington, D.C., offices, MarketResearch.com has acquired Cleve- land-based Freedonia Group. The businesses' complementary assets are being integrated, officials note, enabling existing services to be enhanced and creating new opportunities for clients. "We are bringing together some of the industry's most trusted brands under one umbrella, allowing us to serve our global customer base with the best selection of reports, platforms, and custom ser- vices," contends MarketResearch.com CEO Rob Granader. The acqui- sition provides businesses, nonprofit organizations, and academia a single source of authoritative market research stretching across mul- tiple industries, from consumer goods and services to life sciences, construction and materials to chemicals and packaging, he adds. Longtime Freedonia Group CEO Jeff Weiss will remain at the helm, reporting to Granader and supported by both the Freedonia content team and MarketResearch.com sales and marketing management. The transaction, he notes, merges "Freedonia's deep content set with MarketResearch.com's sophisticated search and distribution technol- ogies. We feel clients will benefit greatly from the combined resources of our two organizations." INDUSTRY GROUPS PLAN TO MARK FIRST CONCRETE STREET'S 125TH ANNIVERSARY In tandem with the National Concrete Consortium spring meeting in Columbus, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Ameri- can Concrete Pavement Association staff are organizing an April 25 field trip to Bellefontaine, Ohio, home to the first concrete slab used for a U.S. street or road. The program begins at the Hyatt Regency – Columbus with "Historical Highlights of Concrete Pavement Technol- ogy Developments in the U.S. and Canada" and "Best Practices for the Design and Construction of Long-Life Concrete Pavements" presenta- tions, followed by the visit to Bellefontaine, one hour west. In 1891, NRMCA notes, an 8-ft. wide section of Main Street in Bellefontaine, along the Logan County Court House, became the first use of concrete in the United States on a road or street application. A segment placed in 1893 on Court Street on the other side of Court House Square remains in service—a testimonial to the longevity and durability of concrete as an engineering construction material. Additional information on the April program, presented free of charge, is forthcoming. Overseeing the event planning are NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Phil Kresge, pkresge@nrmca.org; ACPA's Larry Scofield, P.E., lscofield@acpa.org, on behalf of the Task Force on Preservation of Artifacts from Historic Concrete Pavements; and, Kurt Smith at ksmith@appliedpavement.com. FUEL SAVINGS UP TO 50% STEAM IN 15 SECONDS CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS BELOW 20 PPM NO STATIONARY ENGINEER REQUIRED NO STACK OR BOILER ROOM REQUIRED NO CHEMICAL TREATMENT OF WATER STEAM PRESSURES UP TO 14.7 PSIG www.Vortomech.com +1-800-973-1999 AGGREGATES AND WATER HEATING WITH ONE STEAM GENERATOR Steam Heating Solutions PRE-CAST / BLOCK CURING

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