Other stories by Shelby%20O.%20Mitchell

  • A Tale of Two Families

    Although we are familiar with “mom and pop” businesses, family-owned concrete producers each have unique situations that contribute to their success. This is the story of two such families, and their secrets to success.

  • Putting Words into Action

    If the concrete industry's sustainability efforts were represented in color, the palette would range from sage to forest green. Most of us seem to be in the same spectrum, but as a group, we tend to get caught up in disagreements over our own favorite hues. The Strategic Development Council (SDC)...

  • Leaving a Clean Footprint

    Truck wheel washing systems help producers clean up their act in more ways than one. As trucks come and go from plants and jobsites, these systems virtually eliminate the fine dust and aggregates that can quickly build up on roads.

  • Building Gardens, Not Walls

    People who work with concrete, especially those who have worked with it for many years, know the product's upstanding environmental properties. When Mark Woolbright visited Europe, he noticed that many locations had concrete retaining wall block that was plantable.

  • A Deeper Shade of Green

    Concrete producers have more opportunities than ever to profit from the green building movement.

  • Greenbuild-ing Momentum

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) 2007 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago was bursting at the seams. The 23,000 attendees, 850 exhibitors showcasing green products and services, and more than 90 standing room only educational sessions at the November event were testament to the...

  • Staying in the Race

    Economists have offered producers few surprises during the second half of 2007.

  • The Ultimate Test Drive

    Driving simulation has just started to trickle into the industry, but programs like MPRI's Mark III simulator have already helped companies like Walker Concrete and Nashville's Metro Ready Mix Concrete lower fuel costs, reduce accidents and decrease maintenance expenses. Take an inside look at how...

  • Well-Equipped

    Everyone from private homeowners to construction materials suppliers is feeling the ripple effects of slower residential construction in 2007.

  • Forecast Calls For...

    To help the industry interpret the subtleties of economics, PCA for the first time presented Practical Application of PCA Economic Forecast and Market Assessments. The seminar helped producers decipher forecasts, understand what was behind the reports, and decide how to use the complex projections...