Concrete Products

APR 2014

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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26 • April 2014 NEWS SCOPE EVENTS, PRODUCERS Toward the 9th annual International Concrete Sustainability Confer- ence, May 12-14, in Cambridge, Mass., National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has secured 60-plus experts to cover the latest develop- ments in design, specification, production, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they relate to sustainability. This year's conference is being held in cooperation with the Massa- chusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) Showcase, May 15 on the Cambridge campus. Leading speakers include Federal Highway Administration's Michael Culp, team leader–Sus- tainable Transport and Climate Change; CSHub Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Gregory, Ph.D.; Webcor Builders' Phillip Williams, P.E., LEED AP, vice president of Sustainability and Technical Systems; and, Health Product Declaration Collaborative Executive Director John L. Knott, Jr. Joining them with themed presentations will be MIT's Mehdi Akbarian, "The Impact of Pavement Properties on Vehicle Fuel Con- sumption within the Pavement Infrastructure;" Florida Internation- al University's Michael Bienvenu, "Comparison of Fuel Consumption on Rigid Versus Flexible Pavements;" AECOM's Lisa Bradley, "Hazard, Exposure, and Risk—Why All Three Are Important for Material Ingre- dients Decisions;" Delft University of Technology's Francesco Di Maio, "Recycling End-of-Life Concrete: The C2CA Project;" and, PE Interna- tional's Nicholas Santero, "Understanding Health Product Declara- tions and LEED." CSHub backers RMC Research & Education Foundation and Port- land Cement Association are cosponsoring this year's conference. FHWA, MIT, Webcor officials lead International Concrete Sustainability Conference A complete list of speakers and agenda are available at www.con- Additional information can be ob- tained from NRMCA Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development Lionel Lemay, PHILLIPS ASSETS GROW SILVI'S N.J. PRESENCE Eyeing integration with its Riverside cement, Sahara sand and Gibraltar crushed stone businesses in New Jersey, Silvi Group Cos. has closed Phillips Concrete Cos. asset transactions netting an East Newark masonry supply yard and Union Township block plant; Frank- lin Township and Hillsborough ready mixed operations; plus, fleet and plant equipment. Based in New Jersey-bordering Fairless Hills, Pa., Silvi Group plans to operate some of the facilities and equipment, and sell other assets from the mid-February deal. The concrete plants will be sup- ported by sister materials operations and join Silvi Concrete's three New Jersey and three Pennsylvania ready mixed sites. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2013 Chairman Bill Childs (Chaney Enterprises) joined concrete and cement group represen- tatives from around the world to sign an agreement launching an international responsible sourcing certification program for concrete, spearheaded by the World Business Council on Sustainable Develop- ment's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). The agreement was final- ized earlier this year in Columbia during NRMCA's International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Latin America. It responds to international and domestic developments spotlighting the concrete materials supply chain: a) the CSI Responsible Sourcing Scheme, formatted around green building ratings, procurement policies and new regulations; and, b) U.S. Green Building Council LEED v4 Materials and Resources Credit: Sourcing of Raw Materials provisions favoring products that have environmentally, economically and socially preferable impacts. With targeted 2015 release, the Responsible Sourcing credit will reward selection of products and materials verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner. Development of the new international responsible sourcing program for concrete will help North American producers meet new LEED v4 requirements. NRMCA-led agreement ushers responsible sourcing certification effort Martin Marietta strategy chief leads TXI integration Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye underscores positive mar- ket, investor and employee response to the Texas Industries merger announced in late January, noting in a more recent company-wide memo that "all remains on schedule for a targeted closing sometime this summer." Nye has also announced formation of an Integration Management Offce to facilitate the merger, effected through a stock-for-stock exchange, 0.7 MMM share for each TXI share. The merged entity will maintain the Martin Marietta brand and North Carolina headquar- ters, and have a major presence in TXI's Dallas home base. Leading the Integration Management Offce will be Oliver Brooks, who joined Martin Marietta in late-2013 as director of Strategy and Development from Harris Williams & Co., a Richmond, Va., investment banker. DELIVERING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS After water, concrete is one of the most sustainable and widely used materials in the world. Fly ash plays an important role in increasing the sustainability of concrete. Headwaters Resources is the nation's leader in supplying quality fly ash. We can help you discover how to improve the performance of your concrete while simultaneously improving its environmental profile. Visit for answers to the most common questions about fly ash. You can also contact your expert Headwaters Resources technical support representative for advice on your specific sustainability opportunities. 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