The U.S. construction industry will decline by 6% this year before a recovery starts in the second half of 2010, says the National Precast Concrete Association. “The precast concrete industry likely will not suffer as much as some other sectors, because of the wide range of products we offer,” said association president Ty Gable. “Precast manufacturers who are paying close attention to their local construction markets will be able to adjust their product mix to some degree to meet demand, which should help them weather the next couple of years.” A federal stimulus package with a focus on infrastructure would benefit precast producers because many precast manufacturers are heavily invested in supplying products for wastewater, stormwater, highway, and bridge products in the public works sector, he added. For more, visit


Registration is open for the 2009 Concrete Thinking for a Sustainable World international student design competition. Sponsored by the Portland Cement Association, NRMCA, and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Archtecture, the contest challenges students to investigate innovative applications of portland cement-based materials to achieve sustainable design objectives. For more, visit and click on Competitions.


The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's annual convention takes place March 15–17 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The event is designed not only for anyone with an interest in the industry, but also anyone who wants to expand his knowledge on global issues which affect our industry and how his company can increase productivity by motivating employees. Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, will deliver the keynote address. For more information, visit


When housing starts fell steeply in 2006, truck production followed suit, according to the National Truck Equipment Association. Housing starts stabilized in late 2007, leading to many inaccurate 2008 forecasts. As foreclosures increased in early 2008, it became clear the housing market difficulties would be harder to fix than previously thought. Visit the association at

As Housing Starts Go, so Goes Truck Production: