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  • TCP 2013 Survey: Bright Spots of Recovery

    Concrete producers echoed expert economists’ opinions in the 2013 TCP Survey. Readers shared the challenges they have faced in every region of North America, but also expressed a sense of optimism about what’s to come.

  • TCP Survey respondents tell stories of resilience

    Each year, the TCP survey paints a true picture of what producers are experiencing across North America, beyond the economic reports and construction data. Overwhelmingly, this year's responses revealed how top producers have managed to survive the turbulence of the past few years, and how they're...

  • TCP Survey: where do you stand?

    The responses to our annual TCP100 survey of producers have officially been collected, sliced, diced, and analyzed. How did your experience in 2012 — and outlook for the rest of this year — compare with reports from producers across North America?

  • Every picture tells a story

    A lifelong fan of ready-mix trucks has a colorful take on the industry.

  • TCP Video Blog: Last Call for TCP 100

    Shelby Mitchell, editor of The Concrete Producer, gives a last call for submissions to the TCP 100 Reader Survey.

  • CIM MBA program develops future talent

    Luckily for the concrete industry, the pool of talented professionals is still growing, thanks in part to a succession plan producers set in motion during better times. More than 700 undergraduate students have graduated with Concrete Industry Management (CIM) degrees, and the first group of eight...

  • Frenemies: Can concrete and asphalt find common ground?

    Each year when new college interns join our magazine’s staff for the summer, we make a point to visit a local producer for a crash course on the concrete industry. This year, Prairie Material invited us to visit its Addison, Ill., plant, as well as a roller-compacted concrete paving project in...

  • An overview of the NTEA 2013 Fleet Purchasing Survey and trucks featured at World of Concrete

    According to the 2013 Fleet Purchasing Outlook, published by the National Truck Equipment Association, fleet managers in the construction industry plan to expand their fleets more than any other sector this year. We will highlight the results and look at new truck technologies on display at World...

  • An aggregate bin replacement project at a precast plant goes through the roof

    Ontario-based precaster Utility Structures Inc. started the new year in a big way, thanks to a brand new 100-cubic-foot aggregate storage bin that was custom designed by BMH Systems and installed through the plant’s roof. Plant managers discuss the pros and cons of retrofitting, and what precast...

  • TCP supports industry efforts to produce high-quality concrete

    On a beautiful May afternoon in Chicago, BASF product manager Joe Daczko had the full attention of 85 concrete aficionados as he compared placing self-consolidating concrete (SCC) to serving an adult beverage. “You’re not pouring a glass of beer,” said Daczko, as the group watched the fluid...