Concrete Products

JAN 2019

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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28 • January 2019 www.concreteproducts.com NEWS SCOPE ORGANIZATIONS The recently developed Graduate Development Program at Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala., provides Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) School of Concrete and Construction Management graduates an opportunity to gain real-world industry experience, rendering a work- force that is qualified to fill in the gaps caused by the labor shortage. While thousands of construction jobs are added each month, industry recruiting has been burdened by the fact that relatively few colleges and universities counsel and equip students to consider high-paying construction careers. The MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management's Concrete Industry Management Program is designed to combat the anticipated shortage of managers needed to support projected business growth. Command Alkon has fostered a close relationship with the CIM Program patrons and National Steering Committee over the years, and developed a program designed to arm students with the skills and insight they need to succeed. "A lot of the time, we look to hire individuals with experience in the industry, but that might be a little difficult to find in a student who just graduated," says Command Alkon People Business Manager Michael Wolfe. "The whole point of this program is to provide an opportunity for these students to gain experience. Each department in the company has made the commitment that we are all going to contribute to the student's success." "What I've noticed since I've been here is a very positive envi- ronment," says Taylor Northern, student. "This is a great opportunity because I get the chance to continuously learn and work with various departments and technology systems to determine where I would excel in the industry." The 24-month Graduate Development Program launched in 2018. For the first 18 months, students rotate between different departments to get a flavor for the contributions that each team makes to Command Alkon and the industry as a whole. Students will ultimately choose an area of the company where they feel they can thrive for the last six months of the program. More Graduate Development details can be obtained from Michael Wolfe, mwolfe@commandalkon.com. COMMAND ALKON TEAMS WITH MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE CIM GRADUATES by live bidding—on site or online—under the direction of Ritchie Bros. auctioneers. A full list of auction offerings is posted at www. concretedegree.com/auction. "We have the potential for our greatest auction ever," says CIM National Steering Committee Executive Director Eugene Martineau, who in addition to Beck Industrial, Con-Tech, Kenworth and Mack credits the auction's sustained success to other major, perennial CIM Auction donors and supporters—among them Richie Bros. and World of Concrete show management, Cemex USA, Command Alkon, LafargeHolcim, Lehigh Hanson and Somero Enterprises. The Com- mittee directs proceeds to four-year degree CIM programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; Texas State University, San Marcos; and, Cali- fornia State University, Chico.

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