Concrete Products

NOV 2018

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 • November 2018 FEATURE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS EASTERN REGION FIRST PLACE PREFERRED MATERIALS, INC. DIVISION AVENUE PLANT • ORLANDO, FLORIDA Dubbed "Tiny but Mighty," the busy but tidy Division Plant is located in a heavy industrial area strategic to downtown Orlando. Team members wise to housekeeping and company image abide the 5S program (Sort, Simplify, Sweep, Standardize and Self-Dis- cipline) with the aim of surpassing compliance measures and management expectations for facility upkeep. Along with copies of permits, inspection reports and train- ing logs, the plant keeps an Environmental Book and 5S board displaying a "Sweep Log Sheet." They foster best management practices, accountability and teamwork. Additionally, Preferred Materials has an Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsi- bility Guidance Document, along with records retention program. Both are introduced at onboarding and covered once a year in the producer's Green Alert emails. Daily Division Plant procedures ensure a high-quality con- crete mix; help reduce the possibility of lost loads; and, increase accuracy in mix water volumes and aggregate sprinkling. They likewise streamline resource consumption while improving water, aggregate and returned concrete management. Under an Inspections and Audit program, Preferred Materials tasks qualified personnel to conduct monthly reviews of best management practices, spill prevention measures and 5S program compliance. Each inspection affords team members an opportu- nity to suggest changes to minimize environmental footprint and improve operations. New managers attend a three-hour training program covering environmental stewardship; good neighbor policy; storm and waste water management; spill and air pol- lution prevention; waste handling and disposal; and, hazcom. Preferred Materials' quarterly Star Program, launched in 2015, recognizes employees who demonstrate qualities of 1) Good People–Quality, safety, reliability; 2) Smart, Proactive Partners–Sharing national best practices; and, 3) Communi- ty-minded–Company team members share time and talent to make the community where they live a better place. Always top of mind at the Division Plant, recycling measures are espe- cially evident in process or storm water containment, treatment and use; and, strong embrace of supplementary cementitious materials, where concrete mix designs can have fly ash or slag cement at 30 per- cent to 50 percent factors. The Orlando plant has batched and delivered thousands of yards of branded pervious concrete mixes. Preferred Materials promotes the val- ue-added product as an alternative to impermeable pavement.

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