Concrete Products

JUN 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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www.concreteproducts.com June 2018 • 39 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT KENT WAIDE, NCMA NATIONAL CONCRETE MASONRY ASSOCIATION At- A -Gl A nce The www.ncma100.com site contains a wealth of producer mem- ber and association marketing materials and images illustrating the rise of concrete masonry from a commodity to value-added architectural product. NCMA represents the producers and suppliers of concrete block, manu- factured stone veneer, segmental retaining walls and articulating block assemblies. Diversification of producer member offerings has led to the designation of association programs around Hardscape Products, Masonry and Manufactured Stone market segments. Over the past century, NCMA has engaged in a range of technical, research, education, marketing, certification, communications, and government relations activities, offering a variety of technical services and design aids through publications, visual presentations, computer programs, and technical training. Nevertheless, the association tells members, "NCMA is not just a building and a pile of programs. The people who make up our organization are what make it special. We have the people, ideas, know-how and opportunity. We are an industry full of doers." The NCMA Education and Research Foundation supports the industry as a 501(c) 3 affiliate. It identifies and funds projects and investi- gations to support industry advancements and market development. NCMA's Research & Development Laboratory is dedicated to scientific testing and research of concrete masonry and hardscape products and systems. It features a small-scale unit production line equal simulating commercial methodologies. Robert Thomas is staff president of NCMA, whose headquarters and R&D lab are located just east of Washington-Dulles International Airport at 13750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20171; 703/713-1900; www.ncma.org. VICE CHAIRMAN DARRYL WINEGAR Midwest Block & Brick Jefferson City, Missouri MARKET MOMENTUM Most NCMA producers report good or better conditions for a year when the association marks its centennial anniversary and embraces communications priorities for architectural/engineering/ construction interests. "We are seeing pockets of dramatic growth, others where con- struction activity is steady, others lagging. Things are not too different in 2018 than recent years," says Waide. "We are in the ninth year of economic recovery where the pattern of construc- tion growth has been so uneven it is hard to track. In general, metro areas across the country are seeing significant growth. In our market area, Nashville is very strong, closely followed by Lou- isville, Lexington and Cincinnati. We can say the same on each of the coasts. Rural areas are typically lagging." A positive market vibe was evident for NCMA members and staff early in this milestone year. The 2018 Annual Convention was staged with ICON-EXPO 2018: Machinery & Equipment Show, where key manufacturers of block, paver and veneer stone produc- tion systems brought their latest iron to the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. "It was interesting to see the different types of equipment manufacturers have come up with, and their good automation solutions," notes Waide. "We got a lot of positive feedback and are looking forward to bringing the ICON-EXPO: Machinery & Equipment Show back in 2021." NCMA plans to stage the ICON-EXPO: Machinery & Equipment Show event every three years, he adds, timed the year preceding the bauma trade fair in Munich—the world's largest gathering of manufactured-concrete plant exhibitors. In the interim, NCMA is preparing for ICON-Xchange 2019 complete with B2B exchange meetings, February 14-16 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel near Disney World. 2018 CHAIRMAN KENT WAIDE Ruby Concrete Co. Madisonville, Kentucky IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN STEVE BERRY Oldcastle Architectural Products Group Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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