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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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52 • January 2019 www.concreteproducts.com EPA RECOGNIZES POWER-WISE CALPORTLAND READY MIXED PLANTS continuing our alliance with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and American Concrete Pavement Association so that each can focus on their core strengths as we all strive to produce better results." An agreement between the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and National Industrial Sand Association is spawning an NSSGA Industrial Sand Divi- sion, effective this month. The Division will have a separate board of directors; its chairman and vice chairman will serve on the NSSGA Executive Committee, and participate in meetings, events, advocacy efforts plus ROCKPAC. "NSSGA members have long known the value of coming together as an indus- try for effective representation of our priorities," says 2018 Chairman Randy Lake (CRH Americas Materials). "Formal- izing this partnership will strengthen our collective position and increase our effectiveness to make real improvements on policies where America relies on aggre- gates and industrial sand." The American Shotcrete Association's second Shotcrete Convention & Technology Conference is scheduled February 24-26 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, in Fernandina Beach, Fla. The program will feature 18 technology presentations, providing attendees the opportunity to explore shotcrete applications and innova- tions as well as future advancements. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Three CalPortland Co. ready mixed operations have attained Environmen- tal Protection Agency Energy Star Challenge for Industry recognition, reflecting diligence in reducing their respective energy intensities beyond the program's minimum target of 10 percent. By achieving the Energy Star Challenge, The El Segundo, Calif., plus Longview and Woodland, Wash., ready mixed concrete plants continue to demonstrate what CalPortland calls "excellent corporate social responsibility" and solid carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e, metrics. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the equivalent global warming impact. The three facilities logged impres- sive energy and carbon reduction levels leading to the EPA Energy Star recognition: • The El Segundo plant cut energy intensity by 35 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 104 metric tons. Anchoring the effort was a site-wide upgrade to LED lighting. • The Longview plant reduced its energy intensity by 25.9 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 190 metric tons. Installation of a hot water holding tank lowered diesel consumption for boiler operation 25-50 percent, while lower electricity consumption reflected a full LED light- ing upgrade. • The Woodland operation reduced its energy intensity by 34.7 percent with annual avoided CO2e of 119 metric tons. Resource efficiency was secured with LED lighting upgrade and conversion from a natural gas furnace to heat pump system. Ahead of the ready mixed plant recognition, CalPortland logged its 14th consecutive Energy Start Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for 2018. The repeated attainment of the award is due to employ- ees' dedication to energy management and represents a feat yet to be matched by any U.S. industrial company. "Achieving the Energy Star Challenge for Industry continues to demonstrate CalPortland's commitment to strong energy management practices that produce results for the environment and the community," says CalPortland CEO Allen Hamblen.

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