The SDC developed an action plan to develop a document from scratch within 24 months. The plan was presented to ACI Committee 302 on Construction of Concrete Floors in November 2004. Thus, the new document was completed in 23 months. Visit www.concrete.org.

Rinker Wary Of Bid by Cemex

Cemex intends to buy Rinker Group of Australia for $12.8 billion, creating a 50-country, $23.2 billion construction materials company. The deal would greatly expand Mexico-based Cemex in the United States. U.S.-based Rinker Materials operates in 31 states, accounting for 80% of Rinker's business.

But Rinker on Oct. 30 said Cemex's announcement “is opportunistic and materially undervalues the company.” In 2006's TCP 100 annual ranking of North America's largest producers, Cemex is No 1; Rinker is No. 3. Visit www.cemex.com and www.rinker.com.

Associations in the MixPCA

The Portland Cement Association named John Spitaleri Shaw senior vice president of government affairs. He will head the association's Washington, D.C. office and represent PCA before Congress and the Administration. Shaw joined PCA in April as president for legislative affairs. PCA also named David Hubbard vice president, legislative affairs. Hubbard has represented the interests of the cement industry on Capitol Hill for 17 years. For more, visit www.cement.org.

NRMCA

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has established an awards program that recognizes the increased emphasis placed by its members on producing quality products and adhering to the highest standards of employee and customer satisfaction. The new program, the NRMCA Excellence in Quality Award, was established by the association's Research, Engineering and Standards Committee. For more details on the awards criteria, visit www.nrmca.org.

The association has promoted Robert Sullivan to vice president of government and legal affairs, and Kerri Leininger to director of government affairs and PAC activities.

Liquid Stone-the Book

For those construction and concrete enthusiasts who didn't have a chance to visit the Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., a new book is almost as good as being there.

The book version of the exhibit has just been published. The 248-page volume includes an introduction, essays and chapters divided just as the exhibit was: Structure, Surface, Sculptural Form, and the Future of Concrete.

More than 110,000 people visited the exhibit, which ran from summer 2004 to January 2006. For more and to order the book, visit www.nbm.org.