Concrete Products

NOV 2017

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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Page 30 of 63 November 2017 • 29 BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS Concrete Materials; and, Thomas Concrete of SC – Upstate, Coastal, Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., divisions. Category C (< 250,000 yd.): CalPortland – Central Coast Division; Conewago Ready Mix; and, Dolese Bros Co – Tulsa, Okla., Division. Separately, NRMCA has appointed Luke McHugh as senior director, Local Paving, for the Northeast Region. Based near Phil- adelphia, he is a civil engineer registered in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Maryland and New Jersey with two-plus decades' experience providing consulting engineering services on airport airside and landside projects. He will work with NRMCA partners and members to deliver successful local concrete paving projects and implement strategies that increase the use of various forms of ready mixed concrete in parking areas, local streets and roads. "[Luke's] addition to the Local Paving team will help NRMCA ensure that states around the Great Lakes region and into the Northeast U.S. have the support they need to be successful with concrete paving proj- ects," says NRMCA President Robert Garbini. "Owners and developers are placing more emphasis on life-cycle cost, durability and reducing annual maintenance costs, and concrete pavements help them achieve these objectives." Additionally, NRMCA has formed a part- nership with the new Utah Ready Mixed Concrete Association (URMCA), citing it as the latest example of national, regional and state leaders working toward the common goal of making ready mixed concrete the building material of choice across all sectors of the built environment. "We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with our colleagues in Utah," says NRMCA President Robert Garbini. "Only by work- ing closely and effectively with local, state and regional associations can we maximize share in an increasingly competitive building materials market." URMCA formed through the efforts of Metro Ready Mix, Geneva Rock, Staker Parson and Altaview Concrete, plus Ash Grove Cement, Lafarge and Mountain Cement. "We will promote throughout the state by marketing ready mix applica- tions to architects, engineers, contractors, departments of transportation, economic development partnerships, state legislators and private developers," notes URMCA Chair- man Jay Ritchie (Geneva Rock), joined on the charter-officer slate by Vice-Chair Scott Reynolds (Altaview Concrete) and Secretary/ Treasurer Matt Wood (Ash Grove). "We'll also provide technical resources such as train- ing seminars, workshops, certifications and recognition ceremonies relating to all ready mixed concrete applications." Ritchie stresses the need for URMCA mem- bers to coordinate activities for lobbyists in their efforts to educate state legislators and regulatory agencies that affect ready mixed production. Members will also seek to build coalitions with other material producers and allied industry groups while striving to ele- vate and maximize promotion of ready mixed concrete. The American Concrete Institute has announced an annual $500,000 commitment enabling the ACI Foundation to increase stu- dent fellowship and scholarship awards, fund Luke McHugh

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