Sulfate Attack Case Closed

A group of homeowners in Mission Viejo, Calif., have dropped their appeal of a sulfate attack court decision. Last year, the Orange County Superior Court ruled in favor of National Ready Mixed Services after homeowners sought $5 million in damages.

“The trial court's decision is now final,” said William Ingalsbe, attorney for National Ready Mixed. “The decision represents the first clear victory for the ready-mixed concrete industry in what has become a flood of litigation by residential homeowners.” The case was unusual because most sulfate cases in recent years were settled out of court. For an in-depth story on the case, see “Judgement Day” on page 36 in the January 2007 issue of TCP, or visit www.theconcreteproducer.com.

Record Turnout for World of Concrete

World of Concrete broke records on several fronts: 91,628 attendees, 1739 exhibitors, and 900,000 square feet of exhibits. The show in Las Vegas in January was the largest in its 33-year history. World of Concrete 2008 takes place Jan. 22–25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center; seminars began Jan. 21. Visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

Associations in the MixNRMCA

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association named Joey DeRoe of Razorback Concrete Co. in West Memphis, Ark., as its Promoter of the Year. DeRoe was responsible for converting more than 3000 yards of colored concrete in various markets and for converting original, non-concrete projects into more than 2500 yards of flowable fill conversions. He also has made several presentations to specifiers, developers, contractors, and concrete industry professionals. Visit www.nrmca.org.

NCMA

The National Concrete Masonry Association will host the International Concrete Exposition, or Icon Expo 2009, a new “international exposition representing the interests of the entire concrete products industry.” This marks the end of NCMA's collaboration with the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) to produce the annual Manufactured Concrete Products Exposition (MCPX) show.

The first Icon Expo takes place Feb. 26–28, 2009, in Indianapolis. MCPX will be in Denver in 2008. For information on the association, visit www.ncma.org.