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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54 • January 2019 ASA Spring Committee Meetings will be held at the Shotcrete Convention, super- seding those otherwise scheduled during ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition – Spring 2019 in Québec City. All ASA Com- mittees will be meeting along with the ACI Subcommittee 506-H, Shotcreting-Pools; ACI C660, Shotcrete Nozzleman Certifica- tion Committee members plan a special work session as well. ASA's 14th Annual Awards Banquet will be the highlight event recognizing those who help raise the bar of industry practice. Registration and additional information can be obtained at The Association of Equipment Manu- facturers has announced recipients of its annual Advocates Program awards, which recognize member commitments to industry advocacy efforts through I Make Amer- ica, AEM's national grassroots campaign. Participants advance pro-manufacturing policies that create and sustain jobs across the country. For 2018, 28 member companies received AEM Advocates Program Gold awards for achieving the highest level of participation in grassroots mobilization and outreach. In addition, five com- panies received the Advocates Program's highest honor, Pillar of the Industry award, for reaching Gold status for five consecutive years. "It's more important than ever for our elected officials to understand the critical importance of our industry's role in sustaining economic pros- perity and quality of life across America," says AEM President Dennis Slater. "These companies have really stepped up in their communities, and we greatly appreciate their dedication and hard work throughout the year." This year's I Make America facility tour, themed "Behind Every Product," brought elected officials to member manufacturing facilities to meet and discuss the most pressing issues with many of the 1.3 million men and women working in equipment manufacturing. AEM also hosted its first-ever I Make America Town Hall Tour at three member facilities, with live attendance by 500 workers and thousands more watching online, to educate and engage workers on key policies affecting the industry's future. MANUFACTURERS Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. reports ramp up of a 440,000-metric-ton capacity expansion of its Rapid City, S.D., cement plant. Work at the Dacotah mill began in 2016, with a total investment of just over $100 million. The expansion increases the plant's production capacity to 1,167,000 mt and is expected to reduce variable production costs. Tie-in of the new facilities was completed in late Novem- ber, while production—suspended during that phase—has resumed and the new facilities are in the stabilization process. "The Rapid City expansion comes at an opportune time, as our U.S. cement plants are running nearly at full capacity, and we expect to see continued, steady growth in demand across our market area," says GCC CEO Enrique Escalante. "We will be able to serve our customers better and operate our cement logistics network more efficiently with the additional capacity." GCC has 5.8 million mt of total cement pro- duction capacity; 3.6 million mt is in the U.S., with plants in Pueblo, Colo.; Odessa, Texas; Tijeras, N.M.; and, Trident, Mont., in addition to the one in Rapid City. GCC of America expects to fully realize new milling capacity at the latter facility gradually over the next 18 to 24 months. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS McInnis' Bronx terminal, the first private dock built in New York City in over 50 years, is operational. McInnis is now servicing customers from 10 locations in Canada and the US. McInnis cement arrives in the Bronx 850 Canal Street, 3rd Floor Stamford, CT 06902 1-888-MCINNIS (1-888-624-6647) Map Key Plant Water Terminal Land Terminal Bedford Bedford Bangor Devens Jersey City

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